iPhone XR cursor control

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    Permanently deleted user

    I created an account just to add this improvement idea. I didn't realise that long-press spacebar is already used to switch languages (probably because I use only one keyboard layout?).

    What about using 2 fingers to move the cursor? This is how it works with apple default keyboard on iPad, which does not have force touch either.

    Alternative 2 for one-handed operation: Double tap and hold on spacebar. This can be easily distinguished from only holding the spacebar.

    Also some more odd options came to my mind like swiping left and right on the spacebar to enter cursor move mode but I believe one of my two aforementioned suggestions are more realistic.

    Thank you for improving on this!

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    Please give the virtualtrackpad option to non 3D touch devices (option which can be enabled or disabled). Gboard and Apple keyboard offers it with no problems, just hold spacebar and that is. Thanks. P.S. two fingers or double tap to spacebar does not work on iPhone XR

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    Just found this feature with my gf's new iPhone and would love to see it implemented on Android as well.

    Was thinking that the layouts that are compact or split could use the open space as a virtual trackpad. You could make the dedicated emoji key a long-press trigger (instead of the space bar) since it it doesn't have any long-press functionality that I can see. I'm sure there are other solutions, but the functionality would be great to have!

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    Permanently deleted user

    Please do something for this. This feature is deal breaker for me. I like swift key, don’t want to move to something else...

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    Permanently deleted user

    Same with me. Love SwiftKey and don't want to leave because of this... :(

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    Permanently deleted user

    Really hoping that you are able to implement a new solution soon!

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    Permanently deleted user

    Same thing here. I can't use SwiftKey on my iPad because it's dumb having to touch the misspelled word in order to get it right.

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    Couldn't you just add an option to choose between

    (a) spacebar swipe to change language
    (b) spacebar swipe to move the cursor

    where with (b) one can still change language in the upper menu bar?

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    Omeed Askari

    This is kind of a big problem to go unaddressed for 9 months....And while apple removed 3d touch they replaced it with haptic touch so...i'm not an expert but the dev teams lack of communication on this topic leads the rest of us to believe it's a simple API fix that hasn't been addressed because y'all don't care

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    One year of ignoring the requests. With iPhone XR that was partially acceptable, but now since all of the latest iPhones have no 3D you either implement this or be seen as a team that completely ignores requests from the users.

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    Dominik Wittenberg

    I am an Android user and love this feature on Apple devices. So I install the Google keyboard on my Galaxy with this feature. The the missing "curser control" is the reason why I uninstall this app over and over again.

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    Brandon Milner

    Yep. I just got a new iPhone 11 and with the removal of 3d touch now have no ability to long press to initiate cursor control. Switching languages is FAR less of a commonly used feature compared to needing to fix a typo.

    I agree with the post above... Make it a double press tap to switch languages...and use single press and hold for cursor control. Or make it a pref.

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    Permanently deleted user

    Just bought a new Iphone 11 and realized 3d touch is gone, along with the ability to use the keyboard like a trackpad. I've been a swiftkey user for years and am needing this feature. Any ideas how to replace? Maybe a joystick like in the Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard?

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    Permanently deleted user

    I switched phones and now my experience using swift key is worse. I think the user needs the option to choose switching between language or moving the cursor.

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    Bendik Anthonsen

    After more than a year of waiting for an update I gave up and switched to Gboard. I don't love it like I used to love Swiftkey on my iPhone 7, but at least it has this crucial basic functionality...

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    Permanently deleted user

    I alsoam dealing with this. Been using SwiftKey for years. Now ready to jump ship.

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