If you find yourself needing to type an accented character (acutes, graves, umlauts, etc.), all you have to do is hold down the relevant key for a couple of seconds and voilà a nice pop-up menu will appear with the available choices. The trick works for a number of different characters besides the vowels (e.g. ‘z’ and ‘?’) and this works as well on the iPod touch.
POW·ER·CRAM NOUN, \ˈPAU̇(-Ə)R\ˈKRAM\ – CONSISE, USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT COMPUTERS, NETWORKS AND CLOUD.