swiftkey

SwiftKey, a popular third-party Android keyboard, sent out an email to users today, offering up some new details on its plans for iOS 8. It’s going to be called simply ‘SwiftKey Keyboard,’ and it will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on September 17th—the same day that iOS 8 officially launches to the public.

Obviously, it won’t be as option-packed as its older Android sibling initially, but many of your favorite features will be there. This includes auto-correction with customizable dictionary, next-word prediction based on your writing style, and SwiftKey Flow, which allows you to type by swiping your finger from letter to letter.

Where SwiftKey really shines, though, is in prediction. Once it’s learned a bit about your writing style, it will begin suggesting words or phrases it thinks you want to say next. All of this data is stored securely in SwiftKey Cloud, and is sync-able across multiple devices, and it even works with multiple languages simultaneously.

Apple announced in June that iOS 8 will include support for third-party keyboards, and a number of high-profile names have already announced that they’re onboard. Unfortunately, we don’t know any pricing details yet, but it’s nice to know that a big name like SwiftKey will be available on launch day next week to check out.

Thanks Matthew!

  • Lebron

    Can’t wait until they enable keyboard skins!

  • Jonathan

    I’m hoping for Nintype keyboard! (currently on Cydia. Just need an external source)
    Why do I want it?
    1 Beautiful, extremely customizable from color, to background color/skin
    2 Swipe with 2 fingers at once
    3 swipe a partial word, and swipe again to finish it.
    4 The dev is just awesome.

    • David Buenrostro

      The dev tweeted a few days ago that porting to iOS 8 is not looking good. Something about the amount of memory Apple is allowing and multiple instances of the keyboard.

      • Jonathan

        Yep. I’ve been watching him.

        From his tweet:

        Welp, hit the memory limit app extensions allowed. Nin on iOS 8 may be a pipe dream until Apple implements single instanced keyboards 🙁

      • ARX8

        It’s because of the unwieldy dictionary he has to load on to the memory. Also iOS8 runs multiple instances and this significantly increases nin’s memory usage. Either they have to let him run single instance for all apps or remove the cap. Jormy is a really good guy

  • sdhn97

    AltKeyboard from Cydia NEEDS to make it’s way to iOS 8! that sh*t is glorious!

  • Fevostone

    I’ll stick with the apple keyboard in iOS 8 looks good enough to me.

  • Domodo

    Does anyone know if Swipe Selection tweak could work with 3rd party keyboards in iOS 8, without a jailbreak? Or is it more than just a keyboard tweak?

  • charliez

    Niceee! I’ve been wanting to get something like it since I made the move from Android.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    How can this guy get customizable dictionary but Jormy said it would only do it per app? And BTW he’s been reaching out to Swiftkey and Swype but they haven’t responded. I don’t know anything about coding but there’s gotta be a way! We want Nin!

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Yeah I’m going to miss nin until it’s updated. I use it daily.

    • ARX8

      Nin is better than any of these keyboard. A 1000x better. Jailbroken users will know its awesomeness

      • Dan

        I’ve used Nin and swiftkey, imo Swiftkey is vastly superior. It can even be set to use several languages at once.

      • ARX8

        Maybe, for you. But nin has tons of features and customization options. You can even use more than one finger to speed up typing. It’s really advanced and fast. Compared to swiftkey, it’s really really faster. Not to forget the eye candy. jiggle physics and cool effects nin has. It’s visually pleasing inspite of being technically advanced. Autospace, flick auto complete, the chain engine etc are some features. I’m sure swiftkey can’t be this awesome

      • Dan

        I haven’t used Swiftkey in a few months, but I do remember that you could use two finger typing as well and there was the option to auto complete (using the spacebar I think). For me, Swiftkey was more accurate (than nin) and being able to use two languages was perfect for me. It’s great that Apple will finally give us the choice though, that way everyone is happy 😉

      • ARX8

        Flick autocomplete
        There’s also an option to swipe up on keyboard to scroll through suggestions. Swiftkey lacks a lot of features.

  • Chocolatewe

    i want i want!

    • yep

      android had it 4 years ago lol. have fun waiting 4 more years for widgets (android has had them since 2008), and ill see you back here in 4 years while you write another post saying “i want i want!”

      • Jad Boukai

        Chill bro, it’s just a feature that he likes

      • yep

        If there was a feature i liked “so much”, and my decice didnt have it, id go get a device that did. He could have had this feature he so greatly admires 4 years ago. Thats all im saying.

      • Jad Boukai

        Well, we don’t know if that was a feature he wanted “so much” because all he said was that he wants it. We don’t know if that was the one feature he needed to have on his phone. It might have just been a cool feature for him

      • yep

        He wants it so bad to take time from his life to make a comment on a forum. Then again he is an apple lover, probably has no life, lives in his moms basement, playing with his iBoner.

      • Jad Boukai

        So…

      • JasonL1C4

        Shots fired

      • yep

        Really? Ur name is Jad? Wtf.

      • Jad Boukai

        Yes… Is there something wrong? It’s just a name

      • yep

        Yeah, obviously your mother hated you.

      • Jad Boukai

        O.o? What makes you say that?

      • yep

        BECAUSE SHE NAMED YOU JAD.

      • Jad Boukai

        Can you give me a reason as to why that name is negative in anyway?

      • yep

        Its Jad.

      • Jad Boukai

        Again, can you give me a reason as to why that name is negative in anyway? Or, so that you can help me understand better, will you also explain your answer as to why the name is negative to have?

      • yep

        Your name is Jad.

      • Jad Boukai

        I’m just going to assume that you lack the capability to understand questions, but this was fun. This back and forth. I had fun. Maybe behind the computer you’re a chill guy, I don’t know. So anyways, thanks for this

      • yep

        No problem “Jad”.

      • Why don’t you get the hell out of here, fandroid.

      • yep

        Why dont you get the hell out of here, stinky muslim.

      • Racist! Flagged!
        PS: I’m not Muslim.

      • yep

        Whatever. Ur probably with ISIS. Terrorist.

      • Dogs love to bark, yep. I should stop throwing you bones.

      • Ben Rosen

        You racist asshole.

      • Chocolatewe

        ‘yep’ you must be so lonely to start insulting random people on the internet and to be racist for no reason. you call yourself yep on the internet to cover up your mummy and daddy problems bud

      • Guest

        ‘yep’ you must be so lonely to start insulting random people on the internet and to be racist for no reason. you call yourself yep on the internet to cover up your mummy and daddy problems bud.

      • yep

        Yup

      • mickey

        If you had a nexus 4 (I still do) you’d know damn well it doesn’t match up to even an iphone 5 in terms of usage. Battery life and camera? Sure android had these capabilities very far back, but L or even Kitkat proves that it’s not about what an OS can do but HOW it does it. Apple just likes to take baby steps and have it polished from the get go.

      • yep

        Shut up iFag

      • mickey

        That was easy

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Why are you on here if you dont like Apple? And all you Android users are, are those YouTube commenters who go “First!” Well congrats! You are first. You get millions of cookies!

      • vifish

        who cares? if he wanted he would have bought an android device 4 years ago… this website is about apple world not crappy systems that doesn’t work

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        We are getting widgets with iOS 8…and they’ll be in the notification center…so you know they dont obstruct our home screens like on Android. 🙂

  • Alex Nicolai

    Wow! Does anyone know the song playing? It’s so nice!

  • jolehp

    really like the new upcoming skins & keyboards. But we don’t now the price yet, would be nice to have free too 🙂

  • JasonL1C4

    Had it on Android for a couple of years… But that’s none of my business…

  • ARX8

    Nin is jam-packed with features. It’s the best keyboard for iOS. These keyboards are nothing compared to nin

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Unfortunately we might not get it for awhile on iOS 8 though

  • hkgsulphate

    the keyboard doesn’t fit iOS 7’s style….

    • poxitee

      it supports themes.. they have a lot to choose from

  • Dan

    Swiftkey is one of the main reasons I will be upgrading to iOS 8

  • VictorMartino

    I really hope themes are available cause that keyboard looks HIDEOUS on iOS!