A student came to see me yesterday while her class was working on the ipad lab in the library. She passed her ipad to me and said, “how do I fix this?”
On her screen, the keyboard had split in two, as if Moses was haunting the ipad under a ghostly delusion that Pages was the red sea.
So I did what any red-blooded modern day librarian would do. I googled it.
Turns out, this is one of the fancy new features of the ios5– you can now split your keyboard as well as unmoor it from its squat at the bottom of the page!
This is handy for two reasons:
1. you can see more of your page. That hulk of a keyboard can severely diminish your view of your document.
2. If you feel more comfortable having the keyboard higher up, or are doing a task where it helps to be able to move the keyboard around, this is the feature for you.
You can undock (I like unmoor personally) and split the keyboard by pressing and holding down the keyboard icon on the keyboard (the one that when tapped makes the keyboard go away). You can also split the keyboard by placing your thumb on one side and your forefinger on the other and then performing the splits.
Here are a couple of posts I found that go into more detail if your interested: