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]