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Chinese IME: From iPhone to laptop

Via Blogos, I was fascinated to read that the new Mac Snow Leopard OS features a Chinese input method editor (IME) that allows users to input characters via track pad.

Here’s a video of it in action (with some rather odd musical accompaniment):

What’s particularly interesting is that this IME began on the iPhone.

Here is a screen grab of the Chinese IME on my iPhone — and my sad attempt at inputting a character:


It’s interesting to see innovations migrating from phone to PC, certainly a sign of things to come.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of Think Outside the Country as well as 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card. He is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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3 thoughts on “Chinese IME: From iPhone to laptop

  1. Another great mobile innovation migrating to Snow Leopard is the capability of using market detection via SkyHook Wireless’s Wi-Fi positioning service (used for iPod Touch). This could be extended to support regional configurations as well when traveling. Additional info on

  2. Thanks Marcelo — I’ll check this out. I guess this feature is particularly relevant for laptops since they don’t have GPS, not yet at least.

  3. Pretty cool — especially the music!

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