How to Tell If Your iOS 7.1 Keyboard Shift Key is On or Off


iOS 7.1 beta users have long experienced the frustration of the new shift key within the latest keyboard.

The problem is it’s hard to decipher whether or not the shift key is on or not since the keyboard’s letters don’t change from lowercase to uppercase, but rather only the colour of the key, which will invert and turn black with a white background.

Luckily, there’s help to determine if your shift key is on or off thanks to

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Boy, that was easy.

Caps lock is easier to decipher as there’s an extra line underneath the shift key.

Users may recall it was much easier to tell when the shift key was ‘on’ in iOS 6, as the icon would turn blue when enabled (image via ZDNET):

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Anyways, let us know if you love or hate the new shift key in iOS 7.1. It’s driving us mad.


  • Aslam Nathoo

    Indeed… it is driving me mad as well! I am actually a real fan of iOS 7’s design however this is one UI element that I think is not working. In fact the fact that you have to have an article about it is evidence that it needs improvement. Hopefully 7.2 will fix that.

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  • Eric

    NOO 🙁 Im so fed up with it

  • xxxJDxxx

    Took about 5 minutes to get used to.

  • Flaxx

    This has been driving me crazy! We see color, why is the stupid keyboard shades of gray?! I liked iOS 6 and earlier much better for this.

  • Don Boekenkruger

    That website does not help at all… Refresh the page a few times and you will see it is wrong 1/2 the time… Cruel joke… i’Ve HaD no PrOBleM fIgUriNG IT oUt.

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  • Al

    jony Ives is a fucking tool. He’s over-simplified stuff to the point of making things complex, unappealing and unintuitive. He’s waaaayyyy over-rated.

  • fmgasparino

    Not very intuitive. =(

  • einsteinbqat

    They should turn the background black, not the arrow. It’s been driving mad!

  • Bruce

    Hate the new shift key!!!

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  • SV650

    Haven’t really had a problem with this, and find the caps lock indicator WAY clearer than before. If you think of the shift key being similar in colour to the upper case letters on the keys when in caps mode, and different in colour from the upper case letters on the keyboard when in lower case mode, it might help.

  • SV650

    Although **YOU** may have little trouble discerning colours, many do. For those with less than perfect eyesight, the contrast provided by black & white makes seeing the keys much simpler. We have been using expensive bleached paper to contain black text for centuries, for the same reason.

  • Flaxx

    I’m sorry, but your argument is absolutely ridiculous. Luminosity is independent of color (look up the HSV color space if this is not apparent to you). So you can easily have a different color that even if converted to shades of gray, yields the exact same difference in luminosity that we see in iOS 7. So anyone with color blindness (and as far as I know, nobody sees strictly shades of gray) will see AT LEAST the difference we see in iOS 7. Therefore this change is aesthetic (which itself is debatable because I think it’s ugly when it lacks color) and one that sacrifices function, senselessly.

  • adelemac

    Intuitive before
    Now frustrating

  • WatDah

    When the arrow is black, caps is on. Is that really so hard….? Really???

  • My 1/2 cents

    If Jobs was alive today, I am sure he’d be firing people left right and centre.

  • My 1/2 cents

    If someone added a 100 volt electrical shock to your chair, you’d get used to that too.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Nope. No I wouldn’t. Did you really just compare Apple changing the colour of the shift key to torture? Being a little dramatic, no?

  • yoowin

    hate it! You used to be able to tell it was on because it looked different to other keys, not it looks different by default and you have to remember in what way it looks different to know.

  • illed

    Glad to know it’s not just me. For a guy that almost cries in those release videos, you’ll think he really put more thought into these things, and these are basic things which people use whenever they type someting.

  • illed

    You should not need to get used to it. It should be natural intuition, according to Apple’s own justification for charging such great prices for their stuff. The thing is, it’s confusing. It should not be. You can just make it better from the start, and you will save millions of people millions of seconds from their life. Millions of seconds equal a life time. So, you could save a life with your product (Steve Job’s own words). So, Apple should not tell us in videos how great their products are. They should get back to their previous habit of making products that speak for themselves. (I’m a devoted Apple fan who’s a bit disappointed in Apple lately)