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Dvorak Keyboard Support Added In iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Beta 5 For iPad

Dvorak layout of a keyboard was originally designed to improve the typical QWERTY style keyboards by studying the frequencies of letters and the physiology of people's hands. In Dvorak keyboard, keys are arranged to avoid mechanical jams and while typing. Tuaw is reporting that the new iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Beta 5 which was released by Apple on Tuesday, have got the option to select Dvorak hardware keyboard in the General tab of iPad settings. Still there is no option to select Dvorak as a software keyboard.

Dvorak In iPad
As stated in Dvorak Simplified Keyboard (Wikipedia)

The letters and frequently-occurring punctuation are organized so that the cumulative distance traveled by the 10 fingers when touch-typing typical English text is closer to the minimum than when touch-typing that same text via the dominant QWERTY layout. This reduction in distance traveled was originally purported to permit faster rates of typing, but in later years is also purported to reduce repetitive-strain injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. The Dvorak keyboard was patented in 1936 by August Dvorak.

According to official tech specs of iPad by Apple, the following keyboard styles are supported by iPad:

English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian.

As you can see from the above list, still Dvorak is not included in official iPad's tech specs. However Apple may update the tech specs later because the first priority for Apple is to deliver iPad to those who have pre-ordered their iPad on 12th March. Most probably iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Beta 5 will be the last beta update before we may expect the final version of iPhone OS SDK 3.2 as iPads are scheduled for shipment on 3rd April.

Last week, Apple updated the App Store of US to include new iPad, both the Wi-Fi only version, and Wi-Fi + 3G version for pre-orders. The WiFi-only models are priced at $499 for the 16GB iPad, $599 for the 32GB iPad and $699 for the 64GB iPad. As of late-April, the 3G version of the tablet will go on sale, priced at $629, $729 and $829 respectively for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

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