An extremely handy hidden shortcut that lets you easily edit text on the iPhone is going viral

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPhone at an EU ethics conference in Brussels.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPhone at an EU ethics conference in Brussels.
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  • Some of the best new features in Apple’s iOS 12 software are hidden.
  • If you ever need to edit text on the iPhone, you’re going to love this hidden shortcut.

If you’ve ever needed to fix a typo or edit a paragraph on your iPhone, you’re going to love this.

Editing text on the iPhone is difficult, but there’s a handy shortcut that can save you lots of time.

Simply long-press on the iPhone’s space bar. Then you’ll get a cursor you can move anywhere by dragging your finger.

You kind of have to see it to believe it.

Check it out:

This feature was actually first made available for the iPhone 6S, since that was the first phone with “Force Touch” (now “3D Touch”), but iOS 12 makes this functionality available on devices that lack 3D Touch, including older iPhones like the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone XR. It also works on the iPad for the first time too.

People are starting to discover the pro tip, and a recent tweet about the shortcut has racked up over 14,000 retweets.