If you are one of those people who still care about spelling, punctuation and grammar when sending a text message or email from your phone, this mind blowing iPhone feature is for you.
Before this amazing iPhone feature, if you wanted to correct a typo or change some text you had to press your finger in the spot where you wanted to insert the cursor, bringing up a small magnifying window that allowed you to place the cursor precisely. This always took a bit of experimenting to get the cursor in exactly the right spot but it worked.
This was a pretty awesome capability back when the iPhone first debuted the feature, but it was never that easy to use, especially if you have fat fingers like I do. Mostly, I would just use the Delete key and then re-type the text again.
Now there’s a MASSIVELY easier way to edit text on your iPhone. Just press down on the spacebar for a second and the letters disappear, turning the entire keyboard into a trackpad, allowing you to move the cursor around the screen like you were using a mouse (or a trackpad, obviously). You can now insert the cursor exactly where you want with ease.
But wait, there’s more to this tip if you have a 3-D Touch enabled iPhone! If you do a hard press anywhere on the keyboard while typing, the same trackpad feature is invoked, but now you can also highlight any text on the screen.
All you need to do is let up on the pressure of your finger slightly (don’t release pressure all together or the trackpad will disappear), then press again and the text selection feature is activated. By varying the pressure and position of your finger you can now select any text on the screen just as if you were using a mouse or trackpad.
Editing text this way takes quite a bit of dexterity and practice but it’s pretty amazing once you master it. Since 3-D Touch will be disappearing from iPhones in the future, there’s no word on how this feature will evolve. But for now, it’s amazing!
Once you discover these hidden gems, text editing on an iPhone will never be the same again.
And your wife will never make the unfortunate mistake of buying brains instead of beans for your nacho feast.