Minuum

On the iPhone 6 Plus, screen real estate is not as much of an issue as it is for the 5s and smaller. For those of you lucky enough to get your hands on the biggest iPhone ever, you might turn your nose up at anything that truncates an app’s features in order to save screen space. But, the rest of us need every inch we can get.

Minuum is a keboard app that can be set as the default thanks to iOS 8. It features an intelligent auto-correct that learns your typing habits, predictive typing for getting to the next word faster, and a keyboard that can be minimized into a single line on the screen.

The keyboard can be used in full or minimized mode. Swipe down to turn the regular sized keyboard into a single line of letters. Then, tap the section of the keyboard that includes the letter you wish to type. Thanks to the smart auto-correct feature, the app will figure out what you are typing.

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The layout consists of letters arranged in diagonals of three except for the last four, which are diagonals of two. For example, the first portion contains Q, A, and Z, while the second includes W, S, and X. Tap the first to type “A” and the second to tap “S.”

As you type, the letters you have input, as well as suggested words, will appear just above the keyboard. So, if you type A and S, you’ll also see the letters Q and W, and X and Z. Plus, you’ll also see predictive suggestions, like “all” or “ask.” Tap the space bar to accept the current word, or tap the suggested word to select it instead.

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You can also swipe to the left to delete a word or swipe to the right to add a space. Swiping upward will bring back the full keyboard.

The auto-correct feature will always show you the word it assumes you meant to type. That means, if you type an uncommon word like “merch,” it will default to a different word that it thinks you meant instead. The app will learn new words and suggest them in the future. However, I’d rather the app default to exactly what I typed so I don’t have to manually correct a word I didn’t spell wrong.

Currently the app only includes a light theme, but it appears the company may be working on adding more colors in the future. There is also no native support for emoticons. Those must be accessed by switching to another default keyboard app first.

This app is very useful for people who want to take up the least amount of space on their screen with their keyboard. Even though it looks too small to use, you’d be surprised at how well the app figures out what you are trying to type. Just mash your fingers onto the keyboard and it will know what you meant.

Minuum is on sale right now for $1.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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  • Minuum is currently my favorite keyboard in the App Store. Its auto-correct engine is crazy good, although as Lory mentioned, sometimes I’d rather the keyboard to default to what I typed rather than what it thinks I typed. But it learns very quickly from your usage. Now I just wish this keyboard would also let me swype if I need to. I guess you can’t ask too much.

    • Jonathan

      I know on just about every keyboard post I’ve said this, but Nintpye (dev is making good progress for iOS 8) will not only allow swiping, as Jeff once did a video on, but also shrink it down to the size as shown above, or even more if you wish. And still you can swipe.

    • andyr354

      I’ve bought like 10 bucks worth of keyboards in the past week and so far I’m lovin this one! Thanks for pointing out his on sale.

  • Julian Gigola

    Great post!

  • Steve Norris

    While this keyboard looks good, I use my voice dictation button all the time and was shocked to discover that none of the third-party keyboards support this button! A huge problem that leaves all of these keyboards unusable for me. Hopefully they will fix this in an incremental update soon.

    • Apple forbids keyboard developers to add the dictation key, so you likely won’t see that until Apple changes its mind, probably right on time for iOS 17

      • Rak S

        That’s just plain silly, don’t you think?
        If necessary, just allow the dictation key to simultaneously, automatically, revert to the stock keyboard, so that dictation can proceed…

      • KungFu

        We’ll you could always use chrome instead of safari and use googles dictation. It works a treat.

      • Rize

        iOS 17? You must be dreaming. That’s far too optimistic. It’ll probably happen when iOS changes naming schemes. I’m thinking when iOS X S+ Infinity 2 drops.

      • justme

        may in 5 years the smartphones market will going down. and we’ll love our new devices like “smartwatches” with much more options than today we saw.

    • Jonathan

      You can, however, alter between keyboards if you leave the stock iOS keyboard selected, then you can just quickly switch to Dictation then back to your 3rd party keyboard.

  • Aviorrok

    Looks like Air Keyboard Pack from Cydia

  • Jamessmooth

    ok Sebastien, I bought it on your recommendation. The minimized mode will definitely take some getting used to.

    • I don’t use that mode because I can’t find any use for it really

    • I’ve taken to minimized mode. It is really fun. I find myself trying to challenge the keyboard to autocorrect my most egregious errors. It gets it right about 70 percent of the time.

      • ThoseCurves

        That’s right ! I tried Minuum in the first days when it launched on Android on my friends phone. 2 features that got my attention was lots of screen space in minimal mode and damn good auto correct so needless to say i have waited a long time for Minuum on Iphone but am a bit hesitant in purchase as i have an Iphone 5 and think the minimal keyboard would be too small on it.

      • I’m using it on the iPhone 5. It is small, but the autocorrect is so good that I can still type pretty fast and it fixes my finger-mashing.

      • ThoseCurves

        I got Minuum and let me say you are absolutely right. the predictions and auto correct is insane !!!! 3 hours into usage and i am already having an increase in typing in the mini mode.

  • KungFu

    I sure hope some dev figures out a way to get these keyboards working on iOS 7.1.2 via a jailbreak tweak. It sure would be nice to try these out, but there’s no way I’m upgrading to that slow pig iOS 8 anytime soon.

  • T_Will

    I really like Minuum over the swipe style keyboards. I guess I’m just used to tapping. The main issue I had with Minuum though is the spacebar seems just slightly lower than the stock keyboard, so instead of hitting space, I’m hitting letters. I guess it will just take a little practice.

  • Tarek

    Does this keyboard also need consent to send information to the developer site to allow the predictive text to work?

  • Aj Walkin

    can’t think of anything to comment so I’m just going to post a pancake recipe.

    1 1/2 cups milk
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups White Wings self-raising flour
    1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    1/3 cup caster sugar
    25g butter, melted
    Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.

    Step 2

    Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush pan with butter. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Turn and cook for 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture, brushing pan with butter between batches. Serve.

    • Jonathan

      My favorite recipe for pancakes/waffles is, (no sugar or nonstick ingredients required)

      4 eggs (if you have extra egg whites, throw up to 3 in them. Makes it even more fluffy)
      A dash of vanilla
      3 cups of brown rice flower
      1.5 teaspoons of baking soda
      4 cups of buttermilk

      Pancakes: heat a cast iron skillet to medium and coat a little olive oil to prevent stick. First batch, flip quickly as the pan is pretty hot. The more pancakes you put on, the cooler the pan a little, so they’ll have to sit a little longer.

      Waffles: Put waffle maker onto the highest, or 1 below, heat mode. This batter is more dense than most. Apply a coat of olive oil to prevent stick, and pour your batter. Once it’s ready to come out, stick in an oven at 200 F to keep warm until served.

      Enjoy.

  • Aj Walkin

    Please take a moment to admire the great LeBron for the special talent he is. It never gets old looking at the King’s history. So many accomplishments Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan will never achieve:

    1.Only player in NBA history to quit because of Air Conditioner.
    2.Quit on his team the year after he promises a championship.
    3.Dunked on by a high school kid then confiscates the tape
    4.Bail on the dunk contest 9 times.
    5.Only able to win a ring with 2 superstars.
    6.Play on same team as his moms boyfriend.
    7.Average 1.8 pts in the 4th quarter of NBA finals.
    8.Lose not 1, not 2, but 3 times in the Finals.
    9.Host a national televised TV show to leave his team.
    10.Go 2 for 18 in an NBA playoff game.
    11.Get stuffed by a player under 6 feet. (Nate Robinson)
    12.Flop every single game in the playoffs.
    13.Choke 4 out of 5 finals games by dropping FG% by 18.
    14.0 Rings if not for refs calling early fouls on Durant and Westbrook it threw them out of rhythm, made them play soft, and sit for big parts of the game which changed the flow and momentum of the finals.

  • Timothy

    Minuum is so far my favorite 3rd party keyboard, but they’re all really glitchy still! Every one has, at some point, hung or crashed entirely. I expect that’s probably in the SDK, but wherever the problems lie, I hope it gets fixed soon!

  • hab ibyo

    Ow god when can i just coment about iphone6 things please give me like u give to others anyways am always thank you u gave me iphone 4 and am enjoing it untill u gave me iphone6&+

  • White Michael Jackson

    Damn all i feel is envy. I cant upgrade because my jailbreak told me not to.

  • 3l Principe

    Love the music! Any ideas?

  • longterm

    The article mentions setting this as the default keyboard; that’s something that I would like to do, but right now my favorite keyboard is Swype. Does anyone know where that setting might be? It’s not in the Keyboard prefs that I can see.

    • T_Will

      Under Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards, tap “Edit” then drag the keyboard you want as default to the top of the list.

      The other way is to delete all other keyboards from this page.

      • longterm

        Cool, hadn’t thought to re-order them; I’ll give that a shot, thanks.