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Georgian leader's son sets new record for typing on an iPad

updated 02:00 am EDT, Wed July 6, 2011

15-year-old Georgian typed in English

Eduard Saakashvili, the 15-year-old son of the president of the country of Georgia, has been awarded a Guinness Book of World Records certification as the fastest typist on an iPad, correctly typing the entire English alphabet in just 5.26 seconds -- with one hand, Cult of Mac reports. The record was set at a resort on the Black Sea often used for high-level diplomatic conferences, and beat the previous record by over a second.

The previous record-holder was another teenager, a Charlie McDonnell of the UK, who had done the feat in 6.31 seconds a year ago. President Mikheil Saakashvili and his wife Sandra Roelofs were said to be "very proud" of their son's accomplishment, which was limited to using the on-screen iPad keyboard only (although the iPad can also utilize a Bluetooth keyboard).

Numerous videos on the web show techniques and demonstrations of fast typing on an iPad, where even casual but accomplished touch-typists can often equal the speed they can achieve on a conventional "tactile" keyboard (example below). [via Cult of Mac]

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  1. Camelot

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    Joined: May 1999


    Waste of space

    There should never be such a 'record'. There was a time when a being a Guinness Record Holder meant something, but now they're too willing to give a 'record' for anything. Longest booger, anyone?
    They've really diluted the brand.

  1. facebook_Arnauld

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    "English" alphabet ?

    I wasn't aware there was such a thing as an "English" alphabet. I thought english-speaking people used the latin alphabet…

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001


    there are several variants on the "Latin" alphabet

    in English, there are 26 letters in the alphabet.
    in the official Italian alphabet, there are only 21 letters - no "j", "k", "w","x", nor "y".

  1. facebook_Arnauld

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    Just the italian alphabet

    the italian alphabet is just a subset of the classical latin alphabet, which does include "j", "k", "w", "x" and "y".

  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Of Course He Can

    When your dad is leader of a place like Georgia you don't need to have any REAL skills. The families corrupt money in Swiss Banks assures your future.
    I agree with Camelot.

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