iOS developer Ganbold, who has brought customizable keyboards to the iPhone has now released a similar tweak which brings the ability to alter and arrange the keyboard on a jailbroken iPad. 5 Row Customizable Keyboard for iPad has recently hit Cydia and works in the same manner as its younger brother, which is for the iPhone. Apple have a dedicated Settings entry within iOS that allows users to define certain international keyboards, but these are pre-defined layouts and don’t give the user a more advanced option of creating a keyboard to suit specific layout requirements.
Ganbold has today released his latest offering, which is a variant of the keyboard tweak dedicated to the iPad and is available through the BigBoss repository as a commercial installation for jailbroken iPads running iOS 5 or higher. Once installed, the keyboard is activated by heading over to Settings >> General >> Keyboard and then selecting International Keyboards to bring up a list of all available keyboards. Searching for, and selecting ‘5 Row’ will activate the keyboard, turning the iPad into a 5 row typing powerhouse.
The tweak itself replaces the Russian keyboard and allows it to become customizable to most countries and languages that are not included in the native iOS installation on the iPad. Four keyboard rows and the forty four keys contained on them can be modified through the tweak’s settings panel, users will then need to repsring the iPad for any changes to take effect. One of the great things about this tweak is that it contains support for the iPad’s split keyboard, which is a very nice option.
5 Row Customizable Keyboard for iPad is available to download from the BigBoss repository right now, and requires an iPad running iOS 5 or above.
Of course, you will need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak. For jailbreaking the latest iOS 5.1 (tethered), follow the instructions posted here to jailbreak using Redsn0w, or here for Sn0wbreeze. For jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you can simply follow our step by step tutorial posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe on Windows or Mac. Those of you with an iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, and iPod touches can use Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to untether jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.