A Thing for the iPhone: Typing Tutor

It’s so obvious, really. Apple should bundle with the iPhone a typing tutor application. I didn’t need one, and I can type like blazes on an iPhone, but I’ve now encountered several people who are pretty fumbley They are all making one simple and understandable mistake: they are trying to keep their eyes on the letter they are typing, and so they try to put a sliver of their finger on the lower edge of the key they are going for. But I digress.

The point is that some people are for whatever not getting it by intuition, but they get it when you tell them. So how about these things:

  1. A tutor mode for the keyboard that learns how big your finger surface tends to be by sampling, then prompts you to enter particular letters while giving you a blob transparently overlaid on the keyboard, of where your finger should land. There could be other feedback mechanisms, that’s just off the top of my head.
  2. iPhone should come with tutorial videos already loaded. Or iTunes should detect a new iPhone and offer to subscribe you to a vodcast of said videos.

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