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I type Polish a lot on my iPhone, requiring special characters. At some point, this started happening: when I try to type a special character, press and hold brings up the menu, but before I can get to the character, the keyboard goes blank, and I have to give up. I think the phone vibrates once, and it seems like it happens when my finger slips a little off the row of characters. A screenshot looks like this:enter image description here What the hell is the phone trying to do, and how do I stop it?

EDIT: This is purely intuition, but I think this is supposed to be a feature, not a bug, though I admit, I cannot figure out what the feature is.

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It's part of the new 3D Touch feature. Try putting it on the "firm" setting and don't push too hard when trying to get special characters.

  • Or just turn this stupid and annoying feature off! – Ben Webster Nov 4 '17 at 15:11
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iOS thinks you have touched the keyboard with two fingers to enable the virtual trackpad. It allows you to use the keyboard like a laptop trackpad and select type in a URL field with it, similar to using the magnifier in the URL field.

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