Getting to Grips with a Software Keyboard
There are some that feel the only way to get the best out of an iPad is to use it with a hardware keyboard, but for others this defeats the object of having a tablet computer.
As such, the standard software keyboard is appropriately designed, allowing you to quickly reveal and hide the touchscreen display overlay that appears. The iPad software keyboard is a standard QWERTY device with the expected SHIFT, RETURN, BACKSPACE and SPACE keys as well as the ?123 key for accessing a secondary keyboard of punctuation and numbers.
Additionally, several things are automated; for instance, the first letter of every sentence is automatically capitalized, and any word that is selected from the text prediction system features a space right after it.
In truth, you should be up and running with the Apple iPad keyboard within a few minutes of switching on the device, and for casual users this should be enough.
However, if you have purchased the device in order to use it for work, you will probably notice that a lot of shortcuts are missing. For these, you will need to use a hardware keyboard.