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iOS 8.3 beta 3 users say one minor change is making a major difference

by Brandon Russell | March 13, 2015March 13, 2015 3:00 pm EST

Apple only made a few minor changes with the introduction of iOS 8.3 beta 3, but one change in particular has Apple users shouting with glee. It appears Apple slightly changed the design of its keyboard in Safari, extending the space bar so users don’t accidentally riddle their searches with periods. There’s an entire discussion over on MacRumors about the change, with many people expressing their relief.

The picture at the bottom of this post best displays why people were complaining. It might not seem like the biggest issue—more of a major inconvenience—but it was definitely poor design on Apple’s part. MacRumors notes that iPhone 6 Plus users in particular felt the wrath of Apple’s squished keyboard, explaining that people would frequently tap the period key when they really meant to press “Go.”

If you had voice dictation enabled, it made for an even more cramped experience. But the latest beta, thankfully, rectifies the flaw. What does that mean for you? Well, hopefully you’ll stop pressing the period key in your darn searches. It’s not your fault! Blame Apple. Blame your nubby fingers.

Apple has actually rolled out public beta testing programs for both iOS (invite only at this time) and OS X, which means a lucky select few can fix their keyboards now, rather than waiting for the final version of iOS 8.3 to release. When the software does hit, it’ll include a new emoji picker, two-step verification support for Google logins, and more.



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.