Direct Touch Typing: What Is It And How Does It Work With VoiceOver

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this podcast, Steve Sawczyn discusses the Direct Touch Typing input mode first introduced in iOS 8 and shows how it works with VoiceOver.

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Submitted by Victoria F on Monday, October 27, 2014

Thank you so much for this podcast! :) I started alternating between standard touch and direct touch for a few weeks prior to this to improve my keyboard accuracy and muscle memory. Both are up to par now. Yesterday I decided to use direct touch on a permanent basis. I really love it. Thanks for mentioning the split tapping to enter passwords (as I hadn't yet thought of how to combat that challenge). Thanks also for pointing out how the direct touch doesn't work when entering a passcode in the lock screen and suggesting split tapping for getting around that.

Submitted by Lilo on Monday, November 17, 2014

Excellent podcast, thank you. I enjoyed your very clear and succinct demonstration, especially in in how to use the auto correct, which up to this point I have hated probably because I did not know how to use it. Leads me to question how one is to use the new predictive typing suggestions. do you have an demonstration or podcast for that? Thanks again.

Submitted by Steve Burel on Monday, December 29, 2014

only listened to enough to learn I had the thing set to direct typing, no wonder I was getting no place. now its back on standard. Now if I can learn some editing skills. thanks.

Submitted by Callum on Sunday, November 29, 2015

On the touch typing mode, you can hold down the delete button and it deletes characters quickly. Is there a way to do this using direct touch typing?

Submitted by Maranatà on Friday, January 18, 2019

Good morning! Please, since the podcast is in English and unfortunately I do not understand it very much, could someone write a tutorial so that I can translate it into Italian with the Google translator? Thank you!