Apple’s next Smart keyboards could have Siri, Share and Emoji keys

Apple’s next Smart keyboards could have Siri, Share and Emoji keysIf you frequently find yourself in need of quick access to an emoji (stat!) you might be interested in a recent Apple keyboard patent which depicts a Smart keyboard with dedicated Siri, Share and Emoji keys.The drawings in the patent show a touchscreen Apple device (most likely an iPad considering the size) attached to one of the company’s Smart keyboards, though it has slightly different layout to accommodate these new keys.

Siri shortcut
In the patent application itself, it’s explained that these keys would be context dependent. For example, the new search key in the top right hand side of the illustration would allow you to search within a word document if one was open, or if you’re in your email app it would allow you to search in there. Double pressing it could bring up shortcuts to your more commonly accessed apps. Finally, if you long press it’ll call Siri to action and enable a voice search. Pressing the share button on the other hand would bring up a host of apps through which you could share the content you have on screen, including Facebook, Twitter, email, and messages…

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