Question of the Week
Both me and my friend have iPhone 3GS. She has an option to add a Tibetan keyboard which allows her to type Dzongkha letters. I don’t have that option. Why? What’s wrong with my phone?
— Pushpa, P/Ling
|iPod Touch 2nd generation (and later)|
can also support Dzongkha
Luckily, the iPhone 3GS can be upgraded to iOS 4.2. In fact, it can even be upgraded to the latest version, which is iOS 6.1.3. To upgrade, use iTunes and follow the instructions at support.apple.com/kb/ht4623. If you find that a bit daunting or slow, you can always visit a good mobile service shop, which will usually be able to upgrade your phone for a small fee. Once your phone is upgraded, go to Settings → General and Keyboard → International Keyboards → Add New Keyboard, and select the Tibetan keyboard. That’s it. You can switch from English to the new keyboard and back by tapping the small globe (“earth”) button next to the space bar. The layout of the keys is different from the official Dzongkha Development Commission keyboard, and some stacking combinations are not supported, but it’s usually good enough for most purposes.
This solution works for the iPhone 3GS and even for its predecessor, the “antique” iPhone 3. Unfortunately, it does not work for the original iPhone.
Readers are encouraged to submit technology-related questions to email@example.com