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:
- 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.
- 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.