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SwiftKey has announced today that its new iOS 8 keyboard has already surpassed the 1 million downloads mark. The news comes just 24 hours after Apple released the software update, which activated support for third party iOS keyboards.

At the time of this writing, SwiftKey is the #1 app in the Top Free chart of the US App Store. Other third-party keyboard apps like Swype and Fleksy are also sitting at the top of their respective charts, as users rush to try out the new feature.

A big reason for its early success, I believe, is the fact that the SwiftKey keyboard is totally free, where other options are priced between $1 and $5. It doesn’t even contain any IAPs, although I’m sure that’ll change to match its Android offering.

Anyway, I’m glad to see these keyboards flourishing, and I hope that it continues—developers tend to go where the money is. If you haven’t tried it yet, click here to grab SwiftKey from the App Store, or checkout some other iOS 8 keyboards.

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  • Manuel Molina

    Does swift key also use swipe as well? If so, that’s probably why. Shift key was killer when I had an android

    • Zach Krase

      Yes it has swipe

      • Manuel Molina

        Thanks, bro. I’m itching for my phone to use it. The iPhone keyboard works well, but it’s time for a change.

  • ThoseCurves

    loved the keyboard. used it for a couple of hours but then wasn’t impressed with no offline mode and the fact that anything you type will be shared with the developer( every single letter you type) it says that when you give full access to the keyboard in settings.

    • Rowan09

      No good at all.

    • Alberto Espinal

      All you have to be worried about are “Paswords and Credit Cards” and those the stock keyboard takes over!

      • sNick

        Yeah you’re right. Didn’t noticed it. But iOS Keyboard takes over when you have to type your username and password. NICE!

  • Jacob S

    Swiftkey for iOS is nowhere close to its android version.

    • Gary T

      It’s also the initial release. Gotta give it time.

  • Ian Leon

    you know they are collecting your data right?

    • Gary T

      Yes. They tell you that. How else could it learn how you type if not collecting data?!?!

      • Ian Leon

        it could collect data and analyze it locally just like the iphone keyboard does, apple doesnt sync the keyboard with icloud

      • Maxim∑

        Apple sandboxes the keyboard, they don’t allow any external communication. Its on Apple developer

      • Ian Leon

        unless you enable full access.. swiftkey puts an annoying little banner asking you to enable it

      • Gary T

        I don’t disagree with you. They could have done a lot of things. What they chose to do, and the mechanism by which they attempt to differentiate their keyboard from the plethora of third party keyboards, is they work very hard to analyze as much data as possible. For example, the keyboard connected to my FB account, my Twitter account, my GMail, and my phones contacts. It claimed it was personalizing itself for me. I chose to trust them. For all I know they were data-mining. They’ve been around for a while so I assume they are legit. Then again, Home Depot has been around for years and they just lost how many credit card numbers? There’s always risk with anything but I chose to have faith and went for it. And thus far, I’m happy with the experience. Some of the predictions it comes up with surprise me with their accuracy.

      • Ian Leon

        Omg another brainwashed person.

      • Mac_Guy

        Seriously? Brainwashed? How about just not giving a rats ass. Are you seriously that important or are you dealing with something illegal that you shouldn’t have your data collected? Why are you even online if your “uncomfortable” with the thought of someone monitoring you… its happening right now and its been happening for years without you even knowing. Nothing was done before and no one is going to stop them so just accept it and get off the Internet if you still care about your privacy lol

      • Ian Leon

        Ok one thing is being online and another thing is having a keyboard that sends most of the things you type out to a private company’s server. Maybe I want to keep my private thoughts private.
        If you are willing to give that up for some snazzy swiping and word suggestions go ahead.

      • Ian Leon

        As for the brainwashing thing … I was just kidding , I’m not a conspiracy theorist

      • Ian Leon

        Also, remember that when you give up your own right to privacy, you might be betraying the wishes of the people that you communicate with. Maybe some of the people that don’t take their privacy for granted, the people that give a rats ass.

      • Mac_Guy

        I understand, but the data they are collecting is to make words and phrases more predictive, not to spy on you. Regardless we live in the year 2014 where clearly everything is ‘hackable’, even the most secure OS lol. Also remember our right to privacy in the real world is not the same as in the digital. You have no option if you choose to use the services which are provided. Its just the sad truth.

      • Ian Leon

        i refuse to give up like that

    • Chris

      I don’t worry about it too much when I’m texting “what’s for dinner?”

      • Ian Leon

        idk… it just makes me uncomfortable. and on top of that you need to login with a social network to use it

      • Chris

        nope. login is an option.

      • Ian Leon

        good to know.

    • EdubE24

      You know this site is collecting your data right?

    • Alberto Espinal

      Yea but like i said to somebody else all you have to worry about is Credit Cards & Passwords, but stock ios keyboard switches to take over those tasks!!

      • Ian Leon

        thats true, and thats an important distinction with iOS

    • Psykr

      You know Apple is collecting your data right?

      • Ian Leon

        no theyre not

  • eZ33k

    Use Swype instead. No data collection.

    • Ian Leon

      costs moneyyy

      • grumpyfuzz

        Supporting the devs is a good thing.

      • Ian Leon

        keeping my money is a good thing too

      • ThoseCurves

        A dollar ? jeez man.

      • Ian Leon

        a dollar on thiiiis … a dollar on thaat…. it adds up

      • ThoseCurves

        well pal, that’s never going to change. it the end it gets spent one way or the other. no one gets to take it to the grave. lol..

      • Alberto Espinal

        Right on!!

      • Alberto Espinal

        Lol good answer but you are cheap anyways, lol

      • Ian Leon

        im not, i bought fantastical, things, scanner pro, the whole iWork suite before it was free, 1password before it was free, day one, and soo on and so forth, i just dont think that this keyboard is worth it

      • grumpyfuzz

        Don’t spend your money on any apps, we’ll see what the app market becomes.

      • Ian Leon

        I do buy apps, but only when they’re really great like scanner pro or fantastical

    • SkyFall

      Doesn’t work for me.

    • IOSGuru9

      i have swype and i think its better than swiftkey, just my opinion

    • Sleaka J

      Swype got my dollar ($1.29 here in AU), as Swiftkey Flow isn’t enabled on iPad at release. Swype has theirs working perfectly on iPad.

  • Straw hat

    Lol idc about these keyboards! I just want Swipeselection.

  • Ian Leon

    how did they get those iPhone 6es ???

  • Chris

    I like it better than the default keyboard when typing

  • Ian Leon

    my favorite one is Fleksy

  • ali_plus

    Takes over my complete screen of 4s.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    It takes a second or so on my iP5 to load, and I hate it for this, I hope they fix it ASAP.

    • Melvco

      seeing the same on my i5, very glitchy.

      • SkyFall

        In my 5s it works almost fine. (No lag, but sometimes it randomly disappears).

      • ThoseCurves

        Although i got an IPhone 5 but i am facing the same issue. also be that Swype or Swiftkey something is really wrong with both of them in Landscape mode. messes up the entire screen.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        yes!! it doesn’t work for me on whatsapp too 🙁

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      landscape doesn’t work on whatsapp for me

  • Chang in Charge

    So many of the top apps are keyboard apps its crazy can’t wait until tomorrow!

  • Jonathan

    Nintype is going to start being developed for iOS 8 tomorrow. 🙂 Greatly looking forward to watching progress of it. 🙂

  • iXanczy

    :/ no support for Norwegian language on any of the new keyboards. Hope they will add it soon 🙂

  • Guest

    Yea it has swipe for a free keyboard you can’t go wrong I love it so far

  • john diaz

    Congrats

  • Greenhaze22

    is anyone else having issues with getting swift key or any other swipe style keyboard to work in messages? It works like a champ everywhere else except messages.

    • ThoseCurves

      I have used Swiftkey and Swype both and can confirm that i have faced that glitch from both of these keyboards but i guess we just need to give the developers time as its just the initial release. although my keyboards are working fine now apart from the few bugs that everyone is facing.

      • Greenhaze22

        Roger that. Thanks for the quick response.

    • Warmachine69

      Yup there really need to be a ios 8.0.1

  • 4pp1e

    how can i use swipe just like jailbroken version !!

  • Warmachine69

    This combined with touch pal would be amazing

  • love apple, SOOOOOO INNOVATIVE!!

    • Adam

      Is that sarcasm?

      • Alberto Espinal

        Yes it was! they are called “Trolls” and they pop up once in a while, its like roaches you step on them and they keep coming back!

      • Bob

        Sounds like you have a roach problem, might wanna’ call an exterminator 😛

      • Alberto Espinal

        Lol, IDB has a roach problem too!

      • Bob

        Wait, do you mean I’m the roach? That’s so mean 🙁

      • Alberto Espinal

        Nooo Bob, that first comment was for that dude that you comment on, and the second one was for all the Troll and you are not a troll, right?

    • Sleaka J

      Enjoy your cheap plastic phone dude. Can’t remember the last time I had one. 2010 perhaps?

  • Justin Rowe

    I had swift key installed on my iPhone 5s but removed it as the slight delay when keyboard shows up was annoying me but my initial thoughts were that it was really good so holding off until they update it to clear up that slight glitch.

  • Alu Zeros

    I wonder how they make money

  • Amr Badr

    SwiftKey is just amazing, but has anyone noticed that there’s no “Keyboard Clicks” sound? it seems petty but it’s irritating

  • intellectual traits

    Best keyboard yet.