Sometimes I have to use a Ipad to answer some question and it is really a battle. Maybe it is just some need of practice, but if I would, for example, take five minutes to answer a question with a keyboard, with the Ipad I take ten or more.

I am asking this question to know if there is some way to avoid this problem? (Yes, I know that I can use a keyboard, but in some places it is really hard to use a keyboard)

The problem is that each symbol is in a different tab and hence, we have to keep changing tabs.

I would like to ask another question, which is somehow related: does anyone thinked about the idea of have a Ipad "app" for mathstack? I dont know, maybe something where we can at least read and make some comments.

  • $\begingroup$ This doesn't answer your question, but the issue seems to just be the on-screen keyboard; I use a bluetooth keyboard with my iPad and answering questions is no harder than on a laptop. What do you mean by "have to use" - no one is required to be on SE at a certain time, right, so can you just opt to not be available at those times? $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2013 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ @half-integerfan, yes you are right, I am not obliged to do anything here, however, I don't know if you will understand it, but there is sometimes when the discussion about some question/answer is so exciting, that I want to participate on it, or maybe there is some interesting question that I want to answer, so I use the mean that I have in the present time, which sometimes is an Ipad. In the end, it is not usual for me to use a Ipad to answer something here, but when I do, is like a said, a battle. $\endgroup$
    – Tomás
    Dec 19, 2013 at 13:44

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SE is developing both Android and iOS apps. They began with the Android version which is available for testing; iOS app will come later.

Update: forget the SE app: it will not render TeX, let alone optimizing keyboard for it. Source: Please add TeX rendering on the Android app

The best solution I know is to acquire an app that adds the relevant TeX symbols to the keyboard, and type your post in that application. TeX Equation looks good to me, with the current price of \$0.99. From a review:

includes customizable macros that allow you to speed up your coding by simplifying repetitive character strings. [...] The keyboard is well thought out, including letters, common latex characters and numbers on the same screen so most equations are easy to type without switching.

There is a also free app MathBot, which, being free, appears to be not as carefully designed.

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    $\begingroup$ When is the planned release date for i-products? $\endgroup$
    – Lost1
    Jan 11, 2014 at 0:40

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