iPhone: Move backspace to low position
On the iPhone, move the backspace key to the first or second row like it is on the system keyboard.
Hi, putting this idea on the forum so we can find out how many people prefer the backspace in one place or the other.
Currently it is in the top row. GOOD because it’s like other (non-phone) keyboards and allows the punctuation keys to be in their normal places. BAD because it makes backspace harder to hit and the keyboard is harder to get used to from other phone keyboards.
We could move it to the bottom row. GOOD because it’s like phone keyboards that people are used to, and allows the backspace to be easily hit. BAD because it’s different from standard keyboards and would move the punctuation keys to a strange, hard-to-hit place.
If opinions are split we might consider making it an option, but options make the keyboard more complicated to configure (and many users never open Settings) and to maintain.
F Hiew commented
While I prefer it at the top (I would much rather have the period/full stop in the usual place than a backspace key matching the Apple layout), I understand why having an option in the settings to swap Backspace with the Period/decimal point (.) key in the settings would be appreciated by some people. I assume a lower Backspace would be narrow like the current Period/Full Stop key: otherwise the coding would become extremely complex!
I also appreciate that having the option to swap them will make the coding difficult for all languages every time changes are implemented (e.g. short and tall layouts). The location at the top doesn't take long to get used to.
Do it. Yes please!
If a user really wanted it (ie me), they would definitely look for it in the settings. This is the single most important feature tempting me to return to the annoying iphone's system keyboard.