Swiftkey Developers Bet on iOS Keyboard API at WWDC


On Monday the Wordwide Developers Conference 2013 will kick off. It is one of the most anticipated events of the year, with Apple unveiling the whole new world that is developing under the aegis of the Cupertino, California company.

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You are not the only one waiting on pins and needles for that Monday keynote. TouchType, the maker of the Swiftkey software keyboard for Android phones is too. A possible hint for opening up the API for the keyboard (its greatest weakness) is Tim Cook’s words during the D11 interview: “I think you will see us open up more in the future,” he said. “But not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience.”

“The most obvious API for them to open is the keyboard, because it is the greatest weakness,” TouchType marketing chief Joe Braidwood said. “The keyboard is the thing that needs work more than anything on that platform.”

After testing it on Android, Braidwood thinks the moment is ripe for opening up API on iOS. Apple could make this move, driven by the demand from smartphone users for a better typing experience. If that happens, the company is ready to launch SwiftKey to iOS lightning fast, meaning in a matter of a few months.

Another prediction from Urban Airship CEO Scot Kveton is that Apple may open up access to the lock screen, add more features to Passbook and expand its push notification system.


  • Mike Fradette

    Swype would be nice…

  • I’m not so sure about this. I don’t think it’s the greatest weakness. I think as keyboard software developers, Swiftkey is going to think that, but I don’t think Apple thinks that.

    By the way, when I read “Swiftkey Developers Bet on iOS Keyboard API at WWDC” I thought they had already created the app in anticipation of the announcement, or they had put money down, or they’d done anything that would actually cost them something if it didn’t happen, like one would do if it were actually a bet.

  • Brian

    Along with the size of the screen, the crappy keyboard is one of the the biggest reasons I won’t go back to using an iPhone (which I used for 2 years). After using swype on a nice big android screen, using the tiny iPhone finger-pecking keyboard feels worse than going back to T9 on a nokia.

    If Apple releases a 5″ phone with a normal aspect ratio – not that weird supertall portrait – and an option for swype, I’d seriously consider buying one. I’m not holding my breath, though. There’s no reason to block third party keyboards, especially when they do such a poor job with the one they provide. I guess it was state of the art 6 years ago…