Of the blossoming crop of keyboard cases for the 12.9″ iPad Pro, I chose the Zagg Slim Book. The combination is much heavier than the iPad alone, but the Slim Book offers good protection and typing support, even on a soft pillow or my lap. The iPad also separates from the keyboard easily to use as a tablet.
The slot at the back of the keyboard, that holds the iPad upright, keeps my finger from being able to swipe up to open the “Control Center”. I suspect this happens with other keyboards as well. Solving this problem, is the subject of this post.
Here are links to information, including one positive and one negative review, about the Slim Book. My experience with the Zagg product has been very positive.
One solution to the blocked swipe is to turn the entire keyboard on its side, like a hardcover book fanned open on a table, and slide up from the end. But this is awkward, time consuming and inelegant.
There had to be another way to open the Control Center. However, I could not find any physical switch, multiple home button press or gesture that would open this useful utility in iOS 9.3. (Some older iPads had a side switch that could access the Control Center.)
Welcome to the rescue the Swiss Army Knife of esoteric settings that few users ever read about. Most think they are only valuable if you are sight or hearing impaired. In reality, this is where Apple tucks away some really cool toys.
Turning on “Assistive Touch” (“Settings” > “General” > “Accessibility” > “Assistive Touch”), installs a small floating button that a tap expands to six functions, including: “Control Center”, “Siri”, “Notifications” and a customizable pallet of buttons. A tap on “Device” allows you to control screen and volume. A tap on “More”, four more controls. Looking for a way to open the Control Center, I found a simple process to take a Screen Shot, and a great deal more!
I like the utility so much that I use it on my other iPad, without a keyboard.
The best way I have found to learn how to use my iPad fully, is to download the free “iPad User Guide” by Apple for the installed iOS, and work through each feature that I use. Apple doesn’t cover all the details, so I also search for current articles on the internet, especially those titled “iOS Secrets”. There are lots out there.
Let us know if you have any experience with Accessibility features that readers should know about, or other questions.