I was reading Engadget’s post on the magnifying function of the iPhone to better position the cursor, or your finger, for better text input using the virtual keyboard. Have a look at the picture below:
Now, look at your finger. Then, look at the keyboard buttons. Does anything look wrong? Well, I think I have found the clue as to why the virtual keyboard doesn’t work as well as it should. It’s pretty simple. Your finger, when pressed on the screen, looks like a circle, from a sensor point of view. The keyboard buttons are not; they are rectangular. Just because we have squarish/rectangular physical keyboards doesn’t mean that they should be so on a virtual keyboard. That’s where Apple got it wrong, in my humble opinion. The virtual keyboard should have round keys, just like our fingers. My bet is that with round keys, it will be much easier to type with your finger.