Posted October 08, 2020 13:02:18With the advent of iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the QWERty keyboard and keyboard mouse have become the go-to devices for typing and reading text, as well as for connecting to online services like Dropbox and Netflix.
Apple is even now shipping a QWERX keyboard with a touch-sensitive keyboard and touch-based mouse that’s compatible with both iOS and OS X. Unfortunately, the keyboard and mice are nowhere near the same as the keyboard on the original iPhone.
The QWERCQQ, for example, has a smaller footprint and uses less power than a standard QWER key.
While Apple did manage to get the new keyboard and the mouse to work with the iPhone 5S, the new QWER keyboard and QWER mouse didn’t come with a built-in keyboard and a touchpad.
It took me about 15 minutes to put together the entire setup, but it’s worth it for the extra time it saved me.
The setup is simple and straightforward: plug the iPhone in to the Mac, connect the USB cable to your Mac, and plug the new Mac into the iPhone.
This step is optional, and the iPhone is powered off when it’s not in use.
The new QWERTZ-equipped iPhone 5s has a touchscreen.
The only way to use the new iPhone’s QWER keys is to open the keyboard app on the Mac.
To do this, swipe up on the iPhone and select “Edit Keyboard.”
To find the QWertz keyboard on your Mac: Select the keyboard icon on the top right corner of the keyboard screen.
You should see “Keyboard Layout” under the Keyboard options.
You can choose from several layouts for the keyboard, including the Qwerty keyboard layout.
Once you have your layout selected, swipe right on the Q WERTZ keyboard to open a new menu.
Tap the “New” menu option.
The keyboard you just created will be displayed on the right side of the screen.
Select “Touchscreen” from the menu, and click the “Add” button.
Select a QWERTZ-enabled keyboard from the list.
In the list, select a keyboard you’re familiar with, and then click “Next.”
Select a keyboard that you don’t know, and select the “Custom” button from the drop-down menu.
Click “Next” to confirm that the new layout is available.
Select the new, QWER-equipped keyboard and click “Save Changes.”
In the new menu, select “Manage Your Mac.”
This is where you’ll see the settings you made in the previous step.
You’ll be asked if you want to save the layout as a “Customizable Keyboard” or as a Q Wertz.
Choose “Custom Keyboard.”
Select the “Keys” option from the “Keyboards” drop-out menu.
You have two options here.
If you’re using the QWM layout, the default QWER configuration, select the option “Custom Key Layout” from “Key Boards” and click on “Save” to save your layout.
If your layout is QW-compatible, select from “Custom Layout” and select an “A” layout from the top menu.
The last step is the most important, but I recommend you make it the default configuration.
You don’t need to do anything else.
This will ensure that the layout you created in the Qwertz menu is saved.
If the keyboard you chose was QW, select an A layout from “Keys.”
In this menu, click “Finish.”
In a couple of minutes, the settings will be saved to your computer and will remain on your device until you disconnect it.
Once your iPhone is plugged in, the software will automatically recognize the new configuration and update your QWERkeyboard and QWERE keyboard settings.
When you turn the iPhone back on, the setup should be working.
If it isn’t, plug the device back in to your Apple ID and it should be up and running again.
Read more at Ars Technicas This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Macworld magazine.