The iPad is an utter glimpse if future technology and we are to look a bit back to the computers we used couple of years ago we can clearly see that IT world has evolved at lighting speed. From a big bulky box with a screen that occupied almost your entire desk we came to laptops, only a tens of the size but more powerful that the desktop predecessors. But it did not just stop there, Next came the tablets. The tablets are ultimate devices when it comes portability and you can do with them all the things you used to do with your laptops.
This evolution did not stop at only hardware repercussions but also the software has evolved at a frantic pace. We can clearly see the impeccable integration within these operating systems in the new devices including iPad. Although they have different architecture and do this naturally in a different way, the result is always the same.
Indeed, for example to send a file as attachment, in Windows you need to first open your mail app, then navigate (browse) your device to the file you need to attach, then click the attach button; then write your text and hit send. On iOS you need to open your editor or the viewing app first, locate your file, open it, and straight from that app launch the email app together with the field attached. You see different approach to the same issue, but the result is the same.
Of course, when users are making different operations on their devices it is normal to get confused because the different operating systems work in a different way. For example, when you open a Safari window (this app is used to browse the Internet, being the synonym to Firefox in Android or Internet explorer under Microsoft Windows) you will want to tap (write) a word wide web address while you notice another another strange: the space bar is missing!
As Strange as it may seem, Apple actually did NOT put a space bar on your virtual keyboard! So people are wondering where the space bar is, or better yet, how can it be brought back on screen. Some even try to find some special apps to replicate it, without success.
The answer is that apple did intentionally leave out the space bar from its virtual keyboard! Why do this? Because of the inbuilt architecture of Safari browser. Unlike in Firefox for example, in Safari you cannot make a search straight from the address bar. And if you are familiar with the syntax of the web addresses you probably know that there is no address with a space in it. All the websites all around the entire world ‘do not’ have a brake or a space in between. So the geniuses at Apple thought why not kick out the space bar from the virtual keyboard. Indeed, why have something there, to clutter your space if you will never use it? This kind of thinking got Apple to the position it is today, and they are still managing to enthrall their loyal customers every now and then with such simple but effective tweaks.
But still, what if a user just wants to browse the Internet and fill out forms or chat or all kind of other activities online? We just saw that in Safari the keyboard does not have a space bar. How would this be possible? Well, the missing space bar case is only applicable when you are positioned on the address bar, because the address itself cannot contain spaces.
Furthermore Safari address bar cannot be used to search something online (unlike Firefox for example). But immediately when you position yourself in the search field or on any web page in a text box for example the keyboard changes to incorporate the space bar. It “senses” the user intentions and adapts to its needs. If you are in a field where space bar is not needed the space bar hides completely, but if you are in a different space where you must have it, it appears back magically.
This type of interaction is what makes Apple iOS operating system so user friendly and it is one step forward to its competition. It also shows the care and attention paid by the programmers to all the details in order to make the users so addicted to their products. The level of high detail comes first with the quality of the iPad itself, then with the huge one of a kind display (Retina display) and the interactive operating system that has all the advanced yet utterly simple addictive features for overall astounding experience.