I have a surprising but frustrating issue that seemed to come at me out of nowhere last evening, relating to input via the keyboard on my XS. My trouble is not with a hardware-based, physical keyboard I'm trying to link to my iPhone, but rather with the software keyboard that is native to the phone itself. I cannot get this virtual, on-screen
keyboard to appear even when I want it. Regardless of whether Bluetooth is activated or not, my iPhone presumes I do have a linked external keyboard I wish to use and hides/disables the natural, on-screen keyboard immediately as soon as I've entered into an edit field in any app.
Yes, sometimes I do use a type of external keyboard. Being visually impaired, I have an
Orbit Reader 20, containing a Perkins-style Braille keyboard, that I often pair to this iPhone. When I do have Bluetooth enabled today, I still can successfully enter input using that Orbit Reader.
But even when that Orbit Reader is not in range, and even when I've turned off Bluetooth altogether, I find today I I cannot even search for an app or enter the URL of a Website into Safari or type a simple answer to a text message using my phone's on-screen keyboard, which I want to be able to do. Aside from when I'm typing my access code to unlock the phone, I can no longer type on
the screen any more for any purpose, because the phone always seems to presume that input is defaulting to an external keyboard.
I've done all the obvious things to try to solve this. Once, I even activated Airplane Mode for a while. I've unpaired all Bluetooth devices, including the Orbit Reader. I've even recycled the iPhone off and
then back on a few times. But this glitch continues, and I have not found anything in Settings that absolutely disables or enables that
on-screen keyboard. Perhaps this would be solved if I could install a new edition of iOS, but I am already running the latest, and in Settings it says I have no other more recent firmware updates to load.
I wrote to a blindness-specific tech list earlier today, and the only proposed solution was that I go into settings and make it so that incoming calls are displayed on Full Screen instead of with a badge. I've followed this advice, but this hasn't solved my problem, either.
Any other suggestions?