Other than the camera enhancements and Safari improvements, the Keyboard Shortcut is another neat features in iOS 5. Basically, you just need to type a shortcut like omw for the phrase On my way!.

Simply open the Notes app to have a try. Key in omw and iPhone will show you the On my way! phrase. Hit Space to accept the phrase.

Create Custom Keyboard Shortcut in iOS 5

The iOS 5 only comes with one shortcut. But you're allowed to define your own keyboard shortcut to speed up your typing.

Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard. Scroll down and tap Add New Shortcut.... In this screen, you can define your own shortcut. Let's say you want to define a shortcut for Thank you very much!. Key in Thank you very much! in the Phrase field and tyvm in the shortcut.

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Tap Save to save it.

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Now try to launch the Notes app to test it out. Just type tyvm and tap Space. The phrase Thank you very much! is here.

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Now go ahead to define your frequently-used words or phrases as keyboard shortcuts. I'm sure this feature will greatly improve your typing speed on iPhone.

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