Demo of Direct Touch Typing on iOS8

In this audio demo, I discuss the new Direct Touch Typing input method introduced in iOS8 and show how it works with VoiceOver.

By Steve Sawczyn

Blind from birth, I do what I can to help make the world a more accessible and inclusive place for all.

4 replies on “Demo of Direct Touch Typing on iOS8”

I’m impressed by your keyboarding skills. Sad to see mine by comparison. This demo was very helpful, as I hadn’t fully understood the feature, and it is amazing how much autoCorrect, which I never liked, has the potential to make it viable.


Dean, I’ve never been a fan of auto correct either and until Direct Touch typing in iOS8, have always disabled it. This is truly the first time I’ve been OK with my phone second guessing me while typing. In terms of skill and speed, it definitely takes quite a bit of practice to develop the muscle memory needed to become accurate; I’ve set a little time aside each day to work on this a bit in the hopes that over time, I’ll improve. Personally, I still rely heavily on Braille input, but this is proving to be just as effective, hopefully more so with practice. Anyway, definitely reach out if you start working with direct touch typing and have questions, always glad to help.


Christopher, I can’t get the one finger swipe down to dismiss auto correct either, although it does seem to hide the new predictions above the keyboard. I think it’s still going to take some time before we get this all figured out. 🙂


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