My Ipad virtual keyboard is sluggish

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    Dear IPad users,

    I have a problem with my ipad2 virtual keyboard. When I type on Safari or on some chat software like Facebook mobile my ipad2 virtual keyboard is sometimes sluggish and it will take longer than usual for a letter to show up on the screen and if I type fast that letter won't even show at all... It happens more with some keys than with others, especially with the y. Can someone tell me what the problem may be due to?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help :).

    Sincerely,

    Jordi
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    The easiest first way to try to solve ‘unexplained’ or ‘unusual’ problems with the iPad are:-

    Force the offending app to close. If you have iOS 4.2 or 4.3 double-press the ‘Home’ button to bring up the multi-task bar at the bottom of the screen. Press *and hold* any icon until they start to ‘jiggle’. Then tap the top left-hand corner of the app that you want to close. It will ‘disappear’ from the list. Don’t panic - you’ve not deleted it, just closed it. Now tap the Home screen and the multi-task bar will disappear. Re-open the iPad’s app and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, it’s on to possible solution number two!!
    Restart the iPad. Press *and hold* the Power button. After a couple of seconds a slider control will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to switch the iPad off (this is all you’ll be doing). Slide the control to accept. A rotating white ‘bezel’ will appear in the iPad screen as the iPad powers down (it takes a few seconds, just like it would if you were shutting down your PC). When the screen of the iPad has gone completely blank, press *and hold* the Power button for a couple of seconds until the white Apple logo appears and the iPad starts to power up. This takes several seconds, so be patient. During the power up the automatic screen orientation function is disabled, so don’t panic. A few seconds before the power up is complete, the iPad plays a little ‘jingle’ and then you’re back to the Home screen. Restart the iPad’s app and see if the problem persists. Apple (and Forum members) recommend that you power down your iPad at least once a week, just as you might regularly completely switch off your PC. The normal procedure of just briefly pressing the Power button of the iPad merely puts it to ‘sleep’. Most Forum members have found that one of the two methods I’ve mentioned here cure a whole bunch of unexplained problems and are an easy first step to resolving most anything that happens on the iPad.

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    Thank you Kim,

    I have tried your two methods many times but they have no improvement on the performance of the virtual keyboard. It is sluggish when using Safari and other applications and some keys won't register when typing fast. It doesn't seem so sluggish when typing in this forum... Any explanation?

    Thank you very much in advance :).

    Sincerely,

    Jordi
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    I meant Tim :).
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    Are you using the iPF app or using Safari and going to the ipadforums.net website?

    Tim
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    Tim,

    I am using the IPF application. The keyboard is not sluggish when typing here but it is when typing in Safari...
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    I'm wondering whether the sluggishness is due to the network delay - i.e. in Safari any character you type is sent full duplex - i.e. it's sent to the website then all the way back to you so it can be displayed. This is so the website can modify the characters you send - perhaps blanking passwords.

    For the iPF app the characters are echoed locally, so there is no network delay.

    Tim
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    Thank you Tim. It makes sense :).

    Have a good day :).

    Jordi
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    I'm guessing, too, that the delay is not present in other apps - i.e. for word processing or similar?

    Tim
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    The delay is present when i use a browser or a chat application such Facebook mobile, Tim.

    Thank you :).

    Jordi
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    OK - that figures, then. It's just the Internet delay; nothing you can do about it and nothing to worry about.

    Tim
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    Also getting keyboard lag.

    Hi

    I also have this issue with an iPad 2. It seems to always happen in the address bar in Safari, in particular when it's 3 w letters together. Also happens when having the keyboard in portrait or landscape, also when the unit is not connected to wi-fi so network lag not really the reason. All the other apps have no problem with the keyboard.

    Hope you can help.

    Thx

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