SwiftKey Note for iOS (EVLeaks 001)

TouchType is behind the popular SwiftKey software keyboard for Android phones and the company previously went on the record expressing hope that Apple would allow third-party software keyboard development for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

“The keyboard is the thing that needs work more than anything on that platform,” TouchType’s marketing chief Joe Braidwood said last summer.

For the record, Tim Cook did promise that his company would open iOS up more for third-party developers. While the stock iOS keyboard is still off limits, TouchType is now incorporating its popular SwiftKey keyboard technology into an upcoming new note-taking iOS app, SwiftKey Note…

The reliable leaker @evleaks just posted a purported SwiftKey Note screenshot seen top of post.

Not much can be gleaned from the image apart from a row of tappable auto-correct suggestions right above what appears to be the regular stock iOS keyboard.

If the SwiftKey experience on Android is anything to go by, the custom keyboard integration in SwiftKey Note should allow for a much faster typing experience with fewer misspellings compared to Apple’s virtual keyboard.

Here’s SwiftKey 4 for Android.

Competition in the soft keyboard space is heating up, though all third-party input methods are limited to specific apps due to technical limitations of the platform.

For example, developer Yose Widjaja recently unveiled a Swype-style keyboard in his note-taking app Hipjot. The keyboard allows you to type and utilize swipe gestures with two hands, enabling you to complete words and sentences very quickly.

And San Francisco-based startup Fleksy announced last December a software development kit for Apple’s registered iOS developers seeking to implement additional keyboard layouts and looks in their apps.

A few apps now notable support Fleksy input methods, like the Google Voice client GV Connect, typing aid Blindsquare, text editor Wordbox and productivity tool Launch Center Pro, as depicted below.

Fleksy keyboard (screenshot 001)

It is no secret that the stock iOS keyboard is Apple’s greatest weakness.

It’s not that the keyboard itself is bad. Quite the contrary, iOS 7 brought out a number of refinements to make the iOS keyboard’s auto-correct and predictions a lot smarter.

For example, keyboard shortcuts are now part of the iOS 7 auto-correct dictionary, there are new shortcuts in Safari with external keyboards, auto-correct can now fix misspellings in multiple words, the keyboard itself has been revamped and now includes a dark and light variant and so forth.

Still, those advances pale in comparison to the openness of the Android platform which allows users to install any number of third-party soft keyboards. It’s notable that even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wishes the company was “more open” and “sharing with their protocols”.

Check out an excerpt from his speech in Beijing.

Of course, jaibroken people can easily choose from a wide variety of keyboard-focused tweaks on Cydia, but that won’t mean much to the majority on factory software.

Wouldn’t you love to be able to fire up the App Store and replace the stock iOS touch-typing experience with a downloadable Swype or SwiftKey soft keyboard?

  • Prasoon Singh

    If only Apple allowed developers to make third party iOS keyboards.

    • Alex Baez

      Yes, that would make it so much easier!
      Also isn’t there some tweaks that will let us change it to a different one than the default one we have ?

  • Jerry

    I find the iPhone keyboard to be just fine. Whenever I type on an android keyboard that’s when all hell breaks loose. In a bad way.

    • Jerry Cox

      I second this

    • Mustang5Oh

      Yeah I have never thought to myself that I hated the stock keyboard. I fail to see how it is iOS’ biggest weakness. Oh well I guess some hate it for some reason.

    • mickey

      Have you actually used swiftkey as your daily driver? It’s not that the iOS keyboard is bad, but if you’ve used something like swiftkey (even without swiping/flow typing) you’ll see how much better it could be with a few more features. The prediction on swiftkey is also worlds better.

    • JulianZH

      I guess you have never used swiftkey keyboard on android before. It put ios keyboard to shame haha.

  • Sheldon Mendes

    I’m using PredictiveKeyboard from Cydia 😀

    • kabelux

      Me too, i´d like a Tweak to get Flesky and other keyboards replacing original apple keyboard on iOS.

  • Giel Konink

    Where is a tweak for brouwser changer ? iOS7 ??

  • Keelyn Wheeler

    I hope apple allows this swift key was one of my favorite keyboards that i use on my android devices

  • JS3

    apple not allowing different keyboards is one of the biggest problems i have with ios. if they would FINALLY allow swiftkey or some other type of keyboard that would be the day that pigs could fly. AKA without a jailbreak stock ios is all you will every get. period.

  • You may want to check Minuum as well 😉
    I have it installed in one of my Android phones and it takes an interesting new approach on predictive typing and UI… just check

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Is that on the iPhone?

      • same as SwiftKey and per Apple policies, this only works on Android phones (as of now… looks like something may change soon)

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        What do you mean something may change soon? Do you know something? Lol

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Is there a reason why hardly any keyboard jailbreak tweaks are out? I mean we have enough CC tweaks now, we have plenty of others out. I know there used to be a TouchPal tweak you could install but it wasnt that accurate and then I believe there was a Swipe beta that was available. Neither of these worked that well. We need a legit Swype tweak or a flesky tweak or even that new Hipjob app in a tweak. Hell I’d even pay 5-10 dollars for that kinda tweak.

    • mickey

      Keyboard tweaks are a lot more complex than a CC tweak. I believe AltKeyboard 2 is making good progress. I’m looking forward to that one.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Oh I know I was just giving an example. I never heard of AltKeyboard 2. I’ll have to check it out through when it comes out