Apple has drawn lots of dissension for the shift-key revamp in iOS 7.1. And all the disapproval is very acceptable since the new shift key is one of the most awful design choices in the account of keyboard design.

However, no criticism is going to transform magically the keyboard you have on your iPhone now if you are using a non-jail broken edition of iOS 7.1. The next excellent thing we can do, rather than writing crap concerning Apple and its mess up, is to work out how not to get bewildered with the shift-key status. Here is how to understand Apple’s verdict.

Look at this one:


Stop thinking about the (fill) shade of the arrow. Just consider the key’s shade. If it is gray, the shift key is off. If it is white, the shift key is on. In addition, if the arrow encompasses a tiny “-” below, the caps lock is on.

That is in fact uncomplicated enough and if you can memorize it, good. However, here is an uncomplicated pattern/association that will assist you consider why Apple placed a gray-button to show that the shift key is “off” or immobilized.

Consider the keyboard in its default state.


The inputs that type a character (that position a character on display, counting a space) are all white. The inputs that do not print anything on display (that are just action keys) are all grays: the 123 key, the backspace, the globe sign if you have many keyboards enabled the return input and the shift key. The default position for shift key is a gray-fill since it is a non-printing input. It is just an action button like the globe sign or the backspace. Therefore, the default status of this key is linked with these keys.


Perhaps Apple did not plan the design founded on the viewpoint of what you just read however, it is one approach of ensuring you do not get bewildered. Just put this thing in mind and you will effortlessly tell when the shift key is on or off.

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