The prolonged wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

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Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday

Android inclination as good as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, yet until this week a choice wasn’t accessible on Apple phones or iPads.

For years Persian speakers used a Arabic keyboard on a iPhone, that was not unequivocally ideal for essay fast or accurately in Persian.

There were lots of petitions to Apple, dire them to supplement a Persian keyboard to mobile phones. That finally paid off with a latest release.

Arabic and Persian keyboards are really similar. But there are dual vital issues – a 4 additional letters in Persian – and a “half space” underline indispensable for a well-edited Persian message.

In sequence to form a additional 4 letters in a alphabet we had to press and reason another minute and wait for a window to cocktail adult so we could drag a finger on it and see it on screen.

Yet that was still doable. The “half space” was a some-more critical issue.

In Persian, a letters in a singular word are joined-up. Some difference we make by mixing dual difference together. These devalue difference should be nearby yet not trustworthy to any other.

On Apple and Microsoft computers, as good as in Android inclination we have prolonged been means to use a “half space” to apart difference yet keep them tighten enough. A hyphen does roughly a identical charge in English. But a half space is used distant some-more in Persian.

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First line is typing yet half space and a second line has a half space. Extra Persian letters are circled in Red. Half space symbol has a blue round around it.

For example: “I work for a BBC.”

If we wish to write this judgment in Farsi, we use a “half space” 3 times to keep a BBC letters tighten to any other and to join dual tools of a verb.

For several years, many Iranians and Afghans sealed petitions, anticipating to supplement a keyboard. One of my friends privately wrote to Steve Jobs twice, yet never listened back.

Even yet Apple could have given us this choice sooner, we took a fun of carrying a correct keyboard to Twitter and wrote about it there.

Some Android enthusiasts replied to me, observant their inclination had it for “ages”.

Others wondered because Apple would supplement a keyboard as they deserted Iranian apps.

Recently Apple has private some apps grown in Iran from their stores. Snapp, a renouned ride-hailing app like Uber, was one of those affected. Apple pronounced it was deletion them due to US sanctions, yet some Persian cooking apps or video streaming apps grown outward Iran were also deleted. Google did not take a same measures.

Even yet many see Apple’s new moves as a double standard, we still consider carrying a Persian keyboard is good for a language.

Persian created in a Persian alphabet is common in usually dual countries: Iran and Afghanistan.

During a time of a Soviet Union, Iranian elites mostly sent their sons to Europe and a USSR to study.

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Amazed by a Western world, some suggested we should change a alphabet to Latin, most like Turkey did. Others argued we would cut a ties with a literary heritage, and those arguments won out. We finished adult gripping a alphabet.

Then came a epoch of computers and smartphones. Early record did not support a Persian alphabet. So my generation, who grew adult in a 80s and 90s, started essay Persian with a Latin alphabet on computers and early phones, job it Farglish.

Because of a sanctions, Apple and other vital tech companies do not have any authorised participation in Iran and as some of these smartphones are deliberate expensive, they don’t have a large marketplace in Iran and Afghanistan.

One might consternation because it was critical for us to have a Persian keyboard on inclination that not many Iranians own.

The answer is that we do caring about a informative birthright and conclude any try to have a improved tie with a good poets and writers – masters like Sa’di, Rumi, Hafiz, Ferdowsi, Khayyam and others.

A content for me is like a wall. Every word is like a brick. If we wish to build a stout and pleasing wall we can't use damaged bricks. we don’t wish any additional space between a pieces of a brick.

As a publisher or even as a user on Twitter, we would like to make a good sense on my audience.

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