Have Fun Swiping the Quick Brown Fox – Exploring IOS 13 Quickpath

by | Dec 15, 2019

For a minute, I’d like you to think about how your learned how to type.  For many of us that went to school in the sixties, this was a typing class.  

I learned to type in a year-long typing class where we not only learned how to type but also learned how to format and type letter, memos and term papers.  At the time, the typing class was considered a necessary prerequisite for attending college.  

My typing classroom was equipped with both electric and manual typewriters with the front row occupied by the newfangled IBM Selectric typewriters.  It was the latest innovation in typing.


Today, I’m introducing another newfangled typing approach that comes in IOS 13.  Apple calls it QuickPath but it is more commonly called swipe typing.  

The concept of swipe typing requires you to slide your finger across the keys of the keyboard rather than tapping each individual letter.  You lift your finger only between words.  As a person in one of my classes said, it is sort of the equivalent of using cursive handwriting on your keyboard where you slide and loop between the letters.  

It’s a typing approach that is easy to try and you can decide for yourself if it is right for you.    On your iPhone with IOS 13, your test requires no setup or app installation.  Just start swiping.  

Find more details in this week’s featured Nugget.

The world record for fastest typing of a text message was done using swipe typing!

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News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information.

March 2020 Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of March along with links where you can receive more information.

Senior Tech Time (iPhone) – St Anthony Community Services March 23 2-4 pm

Stay Safe with your iPhone. This class will review the basic security and safety setup for your iPhone and iPad. This includes Touch ID, Face ID, Emergency SOS, Driving with your iPhone, Setting up Medical ID, Blocking TeleMarketers and general recommendations about avoiding phishing and malware.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time (Android) – St Anthony Community Services March 25 2-4 pm

How to Make your Android SmartPhone Smarter. This class explores the features of the Android smartphone that are most useful for older adults. This includes bringing widgets to the home screen, managing notifications, using Google assistant and activating do not disturb.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website


Contribute to Medical Research & Get an Apple Watch for $49

iPhone users who are 65+ are invited to join the Johnson & Johnson Heartline Study and receive an Apple Watch for $49.  This is not only a great price for an Apple Watch but an opportunity to learn about heart health and participate in medical research.  

See the eligibility requirements, application and frequently asked question on the Heartline website. 

Magical Ending to Disney World Trip

A fun and heart-warming story from this past week involved the family of an iPhone 11 user from Montana.  They were visiting Disney World with their six-year old girl.  It was a dream of her short lifetime.

Starting with the iPhone 7, our iPhones have become increasingly waterproof.  The iPhone 11 is the most waterproof iPhone Apple has manufactured.  But dropping your iPhone into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World is not in the specifications.  And certainly having it submerged for nearly two months is beyond belief.  It survived!

You can read the story at the MacRumors web site and then take some comfort in knowing that your iPhone is capable of surviving a dunk in a pool, ocean or lake.  But don’t ever submerge your phone to wash it.