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Swiftkey and Swype Keyboards Coming Soon to iOS 8

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After waiting for many years, Apple has finally brought support for third-party keyboards to iOS with the announcement of iOS 8.

Third-party keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype will now have system-wide keyboard access on your iPhone and iPad, just as they do on Android. However, if you are not a fan of third-party keyboards Apple has got you covered.

Apple has made major improvements to the native keyboard in iOS 8, including a new feature called QuickType. QuickType adds predictive typing suggestions that change based on your current context.

Fleksy founder Ioannis Verdelis said:

“As the first keyboard company to be active on iOS, and one of the most active even before today’s announcements, we can’t hide our excitement for today’s news that Apple will allow third party keyboards to be used systemwide on iOS 8. We will, of course, be part of this.” 

In a statement, Swiftkey founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock said:

“We’re delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening its platform to third party keyboards. Are we going to build SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS 8? Of course we are. We’ve already started.”

I’m sure that many more developers have already started working on third-party keyboards for the latest version of iOS. Will you be taking advantage of a third-party keyboard when iOS 8 launches this fall? Let us know in the comments below.

[via The Verge]

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  • iFone

    Nope. I am fine with the OTB keyboard as is.

  • hub2

    Maybe. Hope to finally be able to “forward delete” characters

  • MrJohnBlaze

    this is gonna be real useful when they finally make a bigger screen swype on a bigger iphone would be awesome

  • Deki

    only thing that i miss from android is the swift keyboard…man typing is a breeze with it….

  • ssjGoku22

    Apple…. centuries behind.

  • Yep. That’s why BlackBerry’s physical keyboards still rock.

  • Right… because touchscreen keyboards are sooo 1856.

  • Christian Henry

    Haven’t used a Q10, eh? Worst.Blackberry.keyboard.ever.

    Really solidly-built phone, nicely grippy back, nice “heft” to it. Crap keyboard.

    *sigh*

  • Sorry, should have included “/s”

  • moz

    Great! A SwipSelection cydia like tweak may be available! Being able to control cursor position in a text is one of the best reasons to be jailbroken!

  • HUGO

    Anyone interested in updating Octopus Keyboard?

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