Previously, the only way to get haptic feedback on your keyboard was to go to Google, and that was only possible if we were using third-party apps. In 2019, Google incorporated haptic feedback into their Gboard keyboard for iPhone. While Gboard is one of the best keyboards from Google, it is still a third-party app for iPhone, and using third-party apps is not suitable for iPhone security, as it requires access to track all our keyboard inputs. Moreover, using the default keyboard for iPhone is much easier and simpler.
Although Google Gboard has provided haptic feedback, many users still prefer the standard keyboard over third-party apps. But luckily for us, Apple has also given us a solution to this problem. Apple recently unveiled iOS 16 and tons of features; one of them is Haptic Keyboard, and it will enable haptics while typing.
Apple’s haptics, powered by the company’s Taptic Engine, are among the best on mobile phones. However, many Android devices have caught up and now you can feel a satisfying pulse while talking to friends or writing an email. Haptic means you feel a slight sensation every time you click a key on your iPhone’s virtual keyboard.
What is a Haptic Touch Keyboard?
Apple’s Haptic Touch technology is very similar to 3D Touch in that it relies on pressure, but Haptic Touch is not. Instead, Haptic Touch is activated when a user long-presses the screen, giving a slight vibration as confirmation of the press; hence the name Haptic Touch. You get real feedback when you press buttons on your Touch Bar, and feedback and volume can be adjusted. By default, this feature is disabled. To use a haptic touch keyboard, you need to manually enable this option through the Settings app. Trust me, this feature gives users the most satisfying typing experience.
How to use iOS 16’s Haptic Touch keyboard?
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone, which is running iOS 16. If your iPhone is not updated to iOS 16, it won’t work, you need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 16.
- In the settings, go to Haptics and Tap on Sounds.
- Select Keyboard feedback at the bottom.
- Turn on the switch next to Haptic to use the iPhone’s haptic keyboard.
Remark† You can turn off the keyboard feedback sound effect once you turn on the haptic keyboard. Unlike sound keyboard feedback, haptic keyboard feedback works whether your iPhone is set to ring or mute.
More switches for Haptics may appear at the bottom of the main Sounds and Haptics settings page to play Haptics in Ring mode, play Haptics in Silent mode, and other options. However, these will not disable or enable the iPhone haptic keyboard feature you just enabled. But to get this feature, you have to wait for iOS 16 to roll out.
Until next time, with a different topic. Until then, Toodles.