iOS 9 will finally bring a lowercase keyboard to the iPhone

10 Jun 2015

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Apple announced the iOS 9 mobile opera ting system at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, promising big improvements to Siri, Maps and an all-new News app, among other features.

Lost in the crush though was an update that will undoubtedly cause iPhone users everywhere to breathe a huge sigh of relief. With iOS 9, the keyboard will finally display lowercase letters when a user types in lowercase and uppercase letters when they type in uppercase.

Sounds obvious enough, but the keyboard currently displays just uppercase letters and the only visual prompt that indicates whether you are in uppercase or lowercase mode is a change in the Shift key’s colour tone. I, for one, could never remember which colour signified uppercase was switched on. Android keyboards, meanwhile, have long alternated between upper and lowercase.

Click below to watch a brief demonstration video via 9to5Mac. iOS 9 will be available this autumn as a free upgrade for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generationiPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later.

iPhone image via Shutterstock

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Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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