There are a few things in an iPhone which most people never even think of changing, even if they have access to Cydia. One such iOS feature is the omnipresent keyboard with its QWERTY layout, but one jailbreak developer had different ideas, and now you can even replace the stock keyboard layout with the Dvorak one. Dvorak layout is said to be easier on the fingers, and lets you type more efficiently once you get used to it. This is owing to the fact that the key placement in the Dvorak layout reduces the travel distance between more frequently used keys, which also results in less typographical errors. If you don’t know that already, the QWERTY layout was designed to make typing a little more difficult, as laying down the keys in perfect alphabetical order increases typing speed, thereby increasing the probability of making mistakes, and producing more stress for your hands. However, if you have enough faith in your typing skills, and think you can handle a few extra mistakes, Dvorak might be a good option for you.
Before you install Dvorak Keyboard for iOS 5+, be warned that the keyboard might cause some issues if you use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to type in Russian and some other languages. However, for English, the tweak works perfectly well. Dvorak keyboard is available at the Big Boss repository in the Cydia store, and you can download it for free. Once installed, the tweak won’t make any changes to the Springboard of your device, or to the Settings app, that is for the reason that it has no customizable options, and merely replaces the stock keyboard with a Dvorak one.
In case you want to get the more familiar QWERTY keyboard back at a later time, you will have to uninstall the tweak from the Packages section in the Cydia store. This tweak might not be for everyone, but still, quite a few iOS users might find it useful. You should surely install this if you have ever used a Dvorak keyboard, as for new users this transition might prove to be a bit too overwhelming, specially on an iPhone’s touch screen that isn’t perfect fro typing to begin with. The Dvorak Keyboard tweak won’t make any other changes to your device, and even the placement and size of the symbol menu buttons, space bar and search key remain unchanged on the keyboard.