iOS 8 QuickType (Mail 001)iOS 8 QuickType (Messages 001)

Apple has just announced that the iOS software keyboard is getting a boost in iOS 8 with an all new QuickType keyboard which enables predictive suggestions inside iOS Messages and other apps, in a manner resembling the downloadable Google keyboard and other third-party keyboards available for Android.

QuickType is system wide, it learns how you type to different people and supports Continuity for seamless transition between devices…

So, the big news here is predictive typing suggestions. As you type, the QuickType feature puts up suggestions for the next words you might type.

It’s context sensitive and gets smarter over time.

“And as you use the keyboard over time, it will learn the way you communicate, get to know your favorite phrases, and suggest a logical next word,” writes Apple on the iOS 8 QuickType webpage.

For example, if someone wants to see a dinner and a movie, QuickType will suggest related words. It’s personalized, too – QuickType learns how you type to different people in different apps.

iOS 8 QuickType (teaser 001)

So, for example, if you’re communicating with a co-worker about a meeting, using formal terms, you will get formal word suggestions. And if you’re talking casual, it will give casual word suggestions. Apple hasn’t forgotten about privacy – none of your keystrokes ever leave your device.

Apple sums it up best:

Now you can write entire sentences with a few taps. Because as you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style.

iOS 8 takes into account the casual style you might use in Messages and the more formal language you probably use in Mail.

It also adjusts based on the person you’re communicating with, because your choice of words is likely more laid back with your spouse than with your boss. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, so it’s always private.

Finally, Apple said QuickType in iOS 8 will support fourteen languages at launch so words and phrases that are commonly used in these region will pop up as suggestions.

And knowing Apple, additional languages will be added later by way of software updates. And even if you don’t like QuickType, Apple has said that it will allow third-party keyboards in iOS 8 come this Fall.

According to the firm:

Swipe rather than type, or go old school with the classic keyboard layout. For the first time, iOS 8 opens up the keyboard to developers.

And once new keyboards are available, you’ll be able to choose your favorite input method or layout systemwide.

Related read: more on iOS 8 third-party keyboard support.

  • jocastro

    i figured it come eventually

  • Tony

    IOS 8 features all seem like jailbreak ripoffs but still that’s good and bad. Mean’s they are listening and watching, but of course giving no credit to people who originally came up with the idea.

    • Jeffrey

      It’s good because we won’t have to jailbreak our devices anymore, which is what Apple and all the developers want. Instead of continuously improving their iOS security they are copying jailbreak tweaks so that jailbreaking would be less attractive. Sounds like good news to me, i’m sick of jailbreaking!

    • iBanks

      Same thing is said for every iOS release. Many of the jailbreak tweaks are inspired by other device OS features, but there’s no acknowledgement of where they got the idea from so why should Apple?

    • diggitydang

      I’m not taking anything away from developers in the JB community, but it’s a group of people taking advantage of exploits in security to take over the device, which is what Apple is against. Why would they formally credit them?

      • Tony

        They don’t have to really mention by name but it would make sense for them at some point thank those programmers outside the apple model with their concepts on trying to make apple products better. Ultimately I feel like jailbreaking is to make the device better and give more choice rather then how some see it.. A way to steal media, which sadly it does work that way too.

    • Saeed Ghassemzadeh

      I dont have it on my iPad, I updated to the beta and I can’t find how to enable it

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Predictive Keyboard in Cydia. NEXT

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Wow. Way to go Apple. Minimal upgrade. No quick reply still… FAILURE!

    • Straw hat

      Lol there is a quick reply feature..

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Just read about the interactive notifications. Lol

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Ok, sorry. Just caught up on the interactive notifications in the next article. Lol

  • AidanDaniel97

    Quick reply? Oh you mean Auki? …

  • That’s kinda self-contradicting; they say it remains on your device but it supports the new “Continuity” feature? Doesn’t that continuity feature go through the internet or is it just your local network?

  • This can be disabled… right?