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iOS 8 Swaps Keyboard Buttons In Landscape Mode

Last updated: September 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

An interesting observation from a Reddit user reveals that the new Apple iOS 8 switches the position of two keyboard buttons on your iPhone and iPad.

When you launch a keyboard for messaging or typing, you will notice grey buttons on the extreme left-bottom corner of your screen — one is the “123” button used for changing from alphabets to numeric keypad and other is the “globe” button for changing language.

In portrait mode, 123 button is on the left and next to it, on the right, is the globe button.

In landscape mode, the buttons are no longer the same. Globe button is on the left and 123 is on the right.

iOS 8 Keyboard Bug: Buttons swapped in landscape mode on iPhone, iOS 8.0.2

Sure, someone at Apple had their reasons to change the keyboard buttons, but our brain needs to rewire to get used to this “feature.” For now, it just doesn’t feel right.

It’s not just the default keyboard — add emoji keyboard or third-party keyboards (like Swiftkey, Fleksy) and you will notice the globe icon is, indeed, in a different position in your iOS 8 device. The only fix is to stop rotating your device when you are messaging but that, of course, is silly.

Source: Reddit

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Watson

    I never noticed this! Haha.

    Wait. What the heck.

    I am not a fast typer, but pretty sure it’s annoying for anyone who is into text messaging. Is iOS 8 even an update? :/