Using the iPhone to type SMSes and to type in mails is fun. With it’s advanced and extremely responsive on screen keypad, typing on the characters has never been this easy and fun. There is however a downside to using the keypad while typing. The keypad takes up a large part of the screen and leaves a small portion of the mail or text message visible to the user. There is no way to make the keypad disappear and reappear while you scan through the whole body of the text or mail for any kind of editing to be done or to look for something.
The solution came in the form of SMSHideKeyboard. This is a little tweak available only if your iPhone is jailbroken. It can be downloaded from Cydia. This app gives your current iOS, iOS 5 like ability while composing SMS. That is pretty cool, but it has it’s own short coming. This tweak brings keyboard hiding functionality only to the SMS application. What about other compositions where you make use of the onscreen keyboard?
This is where our next app comes in, called MailKeyboardHide. Hide the onscreen keypad from the mail composition screen. But this is where it overcomes the shortcoming of SMSHideKeyboard. This app hides the onscreen keypad not just in the mail app but in any composition view anywhere in the iPhone. Neat, don’t you think?
This is how the app is used. Say you are composing a mail or just typing something with the onscreen keypad and now you want to go through what you were typing. Just scroll up or down the mail by swiping your finger like you always do and the keypad promptly disappears. Once you are done scanning the mail and want to continue typing, just tap the writing area and the keypad slides back up. Now that takes care of the problem completely. More over, this tweak comes for free and is available for jailbroken iPhone from Cydia via the BigBoss repo. Hope Apple takes the cue and makes the feature available in iOS 5.