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iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:28 am
by jest2dogs
Does anyone else have screen sensitivity problems?

Sometimes I can touch the screen and I feel like I'm a ghost with no substance/effect at all, or that I am at a seance moving the Ouija board around. Other times, especially using the onscreen keyboard, I feel like I have magic powers as the keys work without even touching them.

I would hope that the screen would have consistent sensitivity, however, clearly, it has varying degree.

This is a new one that I got through the cell store (Go Wireless) it came with a retina display, 16GB and iOS6 (since upgraded to iOS 7.

Sometimes, the correction fingertip bubble won' go where I aim it.Jesse

Re: iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:11 am
by Stephen Hart
One thing to try is to use the pad of your finger, not the very tip. Sometimes your fingernail or just dry skin will prevent the touch screen from sensing your finger. This differs for different people.

Some people like to use a stylus. They aren't very expensive, and come in various lengths and thicknesses. Be sure to get one specifically designed for an iPad.

Re: iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:14 am
by jest2dogs
I didn't know the iPad had a specific stylus "need". Good to know. I picked up a soft rubber tipped generic one recently and it sometimes won't work either.

The key pad, on the other hand seems hyper-sensitive. I can trigger it by merely whispering a finger on a key and sometimes it prints a character from the next layer. A bright blue "key" will momentarily appear, hovering over the "almost" chosen key with another symbol "choice". Such as this scenario: touch the capitalization arrow on the right so that the arrow turns dark. If I were to then touch the ?/. key I would get a question mark. But if I barely, barely touch the ?/. key a blue square bubble appears with the " in it from the next layer of keyboard characters! I was baffled about why I was getting so many typos in my text. The touch weight necessary to trigger a key is so sensitive that one doesn't even know it at the time and the blue "bubble" is so fleeting it's difficult to notice. Switching back and forth between lap top and iPad keyboards is somewhat difficult, too. Brushing a key on the laptop doesn't do anything. And switching from iPad keyboard to the rest of the screen is equally difficult, because the same fingertip which just triggered a multilayered, hyper-sensitive keystroke, now can't get a pop-up window "X" to close on a Safari screen or bookmark bar..or a "correction" bubble to line up with a typo. Sometimes it's like trying to remove a piece of eggshell from batter (even if you are using the shell for a scoop).

Varying degrees of sensitivity... frustrating! I wish there was a happy medium or a way to adjust/set the touch levels, because I otherwise love the iPad.


Re: iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:31 am
by Stephen Hart
You know you can use an ordinary BlueTooth keyboard with an iPad, if you're doing a lot of typing and switching back and forth. I don't try to touch type on my iPad. We did buy Apple BlueTooth keyboards for all of our Macs specifically so we (mostly my wife, who uses all three) didn't have to switch keyboards.

Re: iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:22 am
by jest2dogs
Yes, Bluetooth keyboard. Bought one for that purpose. My wife now uses it for her MBP. I will buy two more when finances allow (for iPad and my MBP). Beautiful keyboard.

I just wish the touch levels on the iPad were consistent. Typing on normal keyboards and then brushing a baby's cheek on the iPad... I had to learn to type on a manual typewriter in the 7th grade. I always had trouble with the "a".

We are not all graced with microchip, manual dexterity and supple, touch pad compatible skin... especially as we age.

Re: iPad Love/ Hate relationship screen sensitivity

Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:06 am
by Stephen Hart
Some of what you're seeing here can be adjusted in Settings > General > Keyboard. You might also want to turn off Multitasking Gestures in Settings > General.

If you hold down certain keys, you will get a choice of variations on that key. I don't see that there's a way to turn this off in iOS 7.
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This works in Mavericks as well.
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Here's a helpful page on iPad Keyboard: ... ricks.html

Another really handy thing to know is how to use Shortcuts. There's the usual way: converting "teh" to "the." And there are your own custom shortcuts. But there's a third category, words you don't want iOS to autocorrect. For that, you just type the full word as the shortcut for the word. See examples below: