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A: continued. If you have an iPhone capable of 3D Touch, like a 6S, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, or XS Max (the screen buzzes a little when you press hard on it and reveals either a contextual menu, or enables a hidden feature), you’ve been able to do this for a while.

Owners of non-3D touch devices, like the 5s, 6, and the latest iPhone XR, were invited to the party with the release of iOS 12.

So hopefully, this should cover most readers.

All you have to do, when you’re in text editing mode (any app that displays the keyboard), is to press and hold and swipe on the keyboard (or press down and swipe for 3D Touch). The letters on the keys disappear and, as long as you keep pressing on the screen, you can use the entire screen real estate to move and control your cursor. There’s no magnifying glass or finger to get in the way, since the location of the cursor and your finger have become independent from one another, even though the two are linked.

You’ll find this makes it much easier to place that cursor exactly where you want it to be.


Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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