iPhone third party keyboards

Yes! I was just talking about this in my Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s post, and it’s actually here. As I type this with tears on my keyboard, it’s almost hard to believe that Apple has opened up its SDK with the ability to use third party keyboards.

This means that you will be able to use third party keyboards like Swype for faster more sensible input for touch screens…

Keyboards iOS 8 2

As in typical Apple fashion, Apple has placed security as a top priority for third party keyboards. For example, keyboards are presented with a warning on the potential repercussions from using them.

I’m super excited about finally being able to legitimately use Swype on iOS 8. It just makes so much more sense to use gestures on touch screen instead of hunting and pecking like you would with a standard desktop keyboard. What about you?

  • Tony

    Game changer! About time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I can I’m testing new keyboards now

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  • Michael

    Nintype!!!!!!! I can’t wait

  • Jason Baroni

    iOS 8 is huge. I love Apple even more now, and this is not on being a fanboy, but a customer who gets what I want!

    • grumpyfuzz

      You could have gotten what you wanted a year ago… But you’re not a fanboy.

      • Guest

        3 years

      • grumpyfuzz

        Should have just said years ;P

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes. I have chosen quality all these years.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Keep telling yourself that.

      • Jason Baroni

        Ok, buddy. If being a Fanboy means to love a brand respecting the other guys, I am ok with that. I consider other companies and their products being better than Apples. It’s about choices and if you choose Android, Samsung or whatever you like, it is up to you, man. If it is good for both of us, it is good for me.

      • Tommy

        haha so true. Apple is slow. But it gets there.

  • CAS

    Time to sell your galaxy?

    • โœช aidan harris โœช

      Except since it’s more than a day old he’ll get peanuts for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      At least for the most part iPhones retain their valueโ€ฆ

      • CAS


  • Rowan09

    I can only imagine what the iPhone 6 will do. Great start for the year, expectations are high.

    • babiloe

      SDCard Extension will be great ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Rowan09

        Why that’s the reason they have iCloud? SD cards can only save media unless you have root access I’ve never seen it any other way.

      • -1 What if you want to watch movies but don’t have an internet connection? And you can save almost anything to the SD card because it is… a storage device! Amazing!!!

      • babiloe

        -2 Streaming kills battery life, and you dont have to be a rooted to enjoy extra media.

      • Rowan09

        You have to be rooted to save games on the SD card.

      • Rowan09

        I would just download the movie(s). The things that takes up the most space on an iPhone are pictures and the messaging app. Even Google doesn’t care about SD card slots, so I don’t see Apple going backwards to add one.

  • Eikast

    So I guess that I’ll be leaving my HTC One M8 this September. Great job Apple for giving us what we wanted.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I lik what i see with ios 8. Now if only apple will wow me with the next iphone. Note 4 or iP6? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • regkilla

      Like if your choice will hurt Apple..

      • n0ahcruz3

        You hurt my feelings huhuhu

  • Seere Petrova

    looking forward to this version already hehehe… awesome…

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    Now this is making me think about updating to ios 8 and losing my jailbreak

    • Sachin

      Same here buddy. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • billypuntove

      I’ve out of the jailbreak game for a long time. What would keep you from updating? (what’s good in JB right now?)

      • DeAndre Enrico

        Personally, Quickactivator would be my main reason for still wanting a JB but I’d still update though just for 3rd party keyboard support.

      • Hadi

        iFile, Customizing CC toggles, lots of tweaks like FlagPaint, PowerDown Enhancer, KuaiDial, Safari Download Enabler, …

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        Actually there isnt really a tweak where I say I cant live without this. I have a good amount if tweaks installed but I can definitely life without them. The only tweak right now that I really need is statusHud 2 because I find it really annoying when everytime I change the volume that hud appears, especially when watching a video

  • JulianZH

    Swiftkey, forever!!!!

  • Ali

    Typo in that sentence “For example, users will have to allow keyboards are are presented with a warning on the potential repercussions from using them.”

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Upgrading to iOS 8. iOS 7 jailbreak is dead after this. Apple coming out of the closet now

  • Joel Torres ใƒ„

    And now I need to upgrade from my iPod touch 4g to a 6g.

  • Wesley

    So does this mean you will be able to use Flesky Keyboard system wide on iOS 8 without a jailbreak now ?

    • ‘Ariff

      If the fleksy developer adds it in then yeah. Basically

  • Matheus Lisboa

    I think i’ll probably stick to stock… iOS 8 makes me not want a jailbreak

    • Siddharth Desai

      Don’t worry. The jailbreak community is always a step ahead, I’m pretty sure there will be some tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak.

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      I know that feeling. I keep telling myself the same thing after every iOS release but i keep coming back to JB. Mostly for Intelliscreen, Auxo and Springtomize ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Matheus Lisboa

        I’ll probably jailbreak too hahaha i almost always feel like this after an wwdc

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Quickactivator alone is still a big reason to JB IMO. But yes, Apple is chipping away at my reasons for JBing too.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    This is like Christmas morning!!!

  • Troels Quistgaard

    I’ve been playing around with the though of replacing my One X with an iPhone, but the main reason not to, has been third party keyboards (I’m a big fan of fleksy, and swype, when it actually launches). So the thought of third party keyboards combined with the fluency of iOS is making me seriously consider the next iPhone! Still I will be eating anxiously for a jailbreak for iOS when it launches.

  • erod434

    I’d still rather use Swiftkey on my HTC m8 than any iOS keyboard, but I’m glad iOS has finally added some more customization. Competition is a good thing.

    • …suing over general things like “sliding to unlock” is not.

  • iPodDroid

    A game changer for iOS for sure! Never would’ve thought that Apple would allow other third parties to access the SDK of their system! Very impressed Apple! Though still not enough to make me leave my Galaxy. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Dennis

    OMG!! Finally, SwiftKey in my awesome iOS ecosystem.

  • enifome

    It is possible to impliment swipe selection into keyboard right??

  • Anthony Nguyen

    This is freaking awesome for keyboard developers in the jailbreak community! I could finally use SwipeSelection or AltKeyboard or Octopus Keyboard in stock iOS 8! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • GยฎUฮฃ

    So AltKeyboard and Swipeselection could actually be used on iOS 8 (if they get developed for it)?!

  • ษ‘ีฒีชษพาฝีก

    Stock iOS just got so much better!

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    HipJot Keyboard FTW!

  • Adam

    For me there are still reasons to jailbreak you still can’t customize anything you want. Every iOS release has made my reason to jailbreak stronger if anything. Apple strengthened the base that you tweak when you jailbreak, that final outcome is that much better.

    • mickey

      It will certainly make waiting for a jailbreak a lot less painful. I am excited for the possibilities that can be built on ios8 from a jailbreak.

  • Finally!

  • Toan Nguyen Duc

    Hope there’ll be something like a swipe selection keyboard

  • Charles Adam Winland

    ok, got ios 8 beta 1, but see no way of installing these new keyboards… Where do I go to get them? are they not yet an active feature of the first beta? what’s the deal?

  • Alejandro Figgy Figueroa

    All I want is Swipe Selection and they cannot develop that tweak for iOS 8 ๐Ÿ™