We posted YouTube user Daniel Hooper’s iPad keyboard concept video earlier, the concept was created with the hopes that Apple would respond and implement something similar in the upcoming version of iOS. Apparently, Apple would not take that advice in a short time. Never mind, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed SwipeSelection just released by iOS developer Kyle Howells, makes the concept come true.
SwipeSelection is absolutely easy to understand, as there are only three basic gestures to use with the tweak. The first being to activate the Shift key and then swipe across the keyboard to select text, the second being to swipe from one side of the keyboard to the other with one finger to move the cursor around slowly and accurately, and the last being to swipe from one side of the keyboard with two fingers to move the cursor quickly, which is less accurate because of the speed.
The swipe gestures feel more at home in the iOS environment because they’re so much more fluid. Having to reach out and tap on the text can lead to innacurate placement of the cursor and to top it all off your finger gets in the way of seeing what you’re doing. Because SwipeSelection has you select text from the keyboard area, you can always see what you are doing because your finger is never hovering over the text.
You will always have the option of choosing which method of moving the cursor or selecting the text you want to use – that of SwipeSelection, or using iOS’ stock method. SwipeSelection works with iOS 4 and newer and runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iPad owners will probably see this tweak as a must-have because of the fact that editing text on the iPad is a workout. For smaller screens like that on the iPhone or iPod touch, this is more of a luxury tweak.
Functionally, the tweak works absolutely beautifully. For a free jailbreak tweak, we couldn’t have asked for better functionality. If you want to grab this and give it a try, you can find it on the BigBoss repository today.