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“The space bar trick” is the most amazing feature in iOS 12, and the internet just realized it

Just tap and hold on the space bar and you can move the cursor any damn place you want.

“The space bar trick” is the most amazing feature in iOS 12, and the internet just realized it
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A food blogger from Atlanta named Krissy Brierre-Davis sparked a great awakening on the internet Sunday when she posted about a very handy iPhone feature she discovered by accident.

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The feature, called “trackpad mode,” is new in the iOS 12 operating system, which came out this fall. Before that, if you had a phone that supported “3D Touch,” you could press and hold anywhere on the iPhone keyboard and it would immediately go into trackpad mode. You can still do that, but now the feature works on all iPhones, including the new lower-priced iPhone Xr.

Apple has never done very much to boost awareness of this great feature. Of course, what the company should do is fly to Atlanta and make a series of ads about “trackpad mode” starring Brierre-Davis herself. Perhaps a reenactment of the fateful moment when the food blogger discovered the feature, tweeted, and changed the world.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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