NYT corroborates revamped iPad keyboard, says less pricey gold Apple Watch coming

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2015

With just a few days left until Apple’s ‘Hey, Siri’ iPhone 6s event, the New York Times newspaper reported Friday the event will include announcements of a refreshed keyboard attachment for iPads and new metal finishes for Apple’s watch, including a less pricey version of the Apple Watch Edition.

Earlier this morning, 9to5Mac hinted that the new keyboard will be for a rumored ‘iPad Pro,’ that the site claims is in tow for Wednesday’s announcement. Read More

 

Review: this is my ‘Next Keyboard’ for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

In my December 2014 preview of Next Keyboard I wrote the app had the potential to become “the first iOS keyboard done right”.

What started out as the most funded app project on Kickstarter by Toronto-based award-winning studio Tiny Hearts Apps has become a reality.

I’m pleased to report that Next Keyboard is now available for download in the App Store.

Rather than mindlessly pile features one on top of the other like many other developers do, Next enables efficient typing in a stylish environment that’s easy on the eyes, without distracting you from the task at hand.

It’s got everything you’ve come to expect from a software keyboard, including predictive typing, lightning fast editing, playful stickers and colorful themes, instant access to all the emojis you love, including stickers, and much more.

I’ve spent some quality hands-on time with Next Keyboard, here’s what I found. Read More

 

Review: ReBoard keyboard boosts your productivity and cuts down on app switching

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

The biggest thing about iOS 8 for me is a productivity boost stemming from new technologies such as pervasive inter-app communications, third-party actions in system-wide Share sheets and more. But for all the good work Apple’s done from a productivity standpoint, iOS (version 9 included) still has some way to go before it’s capable to exceed multitasking features on Microsoft’s Surface tablets or Samsung’s Note phablet, for example.

ReBoard, a new software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad created by India’s independent developer Gursimranjeet Singh, puts useful actions for performing common tasks and all sorts of look ups right into the keyboard itself so you won’t need to switch back and forth between apps like an animal.

By embedding useful third-party shortcuts within the context of the keyboard, ReBoard can save you a lot of time and boost your productivity. Read More

 

Crisp: a clean and simple email template keyboard for iOS

By Sébastien Page on Aug 27, 2015

How many times a day or a week do you send the exact same email to people? It usually is a canned reply to an often asked question, or maybe it is a tidbit of personal information such as your address. If you use email, chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Crisp, a new app available in the App Store today, wants to make this better by offering a clean and simple email template keyboard for iOS. Read More

 

QWERTY or AZERTY? How to change the layout of your iOS device keyboard

By Sébastien Page on Aug 26, 2015

I’m not here to tell you how to change or add keyboards to your iPhone or iPad, because you probably already know how to do that. But did you know you can change the layout of the keys for any stock keyboard you use? So if you use the standard QWERTY English keyboard but want to switch to a AZERTY layout instead, then I’ve got you covered. In this post, I will should you how to change the key layout of your keyboard on your iOS device. Read More

 

iTranslate updated with keyboard extension and Apple Watch support

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Sonico pushed out an update for its iTranslate app today, bringing the iOS client to version 8.4. The software, which is regarded as one of the best translation apps in the App Store, now comes with a keyboard extension and proper Apple Watch Glance.

The keyboard extension is particularly significant, since it can be used in most iOS 8-compatible apps. So now, instead of having to open the iTranslate app to make a translation, you can do it on the fly in WhatsApp, Mail or your favorite Twitter client. Read More

 

SwiftKey rolls out rich Emoji Insights in new update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2015

Right on cue, makers of the popular SwiftKey software keyboard for iPhones, iPads and iPods today rolled out a new feature designed to provide a valuable insight into which emoji symbols you use the most as your unique writing style and the emoji you use more than other people.

The app will even tell you which US state most reflects your emoji use. Called Emoji Insights, the new typing statistics shows you detailed highlights of your emoji use. Read More

 

New KeySwipe jailbreak tweak lets you switch between keyboards with a swipe

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

 

I don’t know about you, but I find it kind of tedious to switch between keyboards on iOS. I find it tedious, because have to tap that little language button, which requires a precise tap on the keyboard.

Instead, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just perform a simple swipe gesture to switch between the keyboards that you have configured? A new tweak called KeySwipe lets you do just that. Read More

 

SwiftKey previews upcoming ‘Your Signature Emoji’ feature in iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Have you ever wondered which emoji symbols you use the most as your unique writing style? Well, the popular smartphone keyboard, SwiftKey, is previewing a new feature called ‘Your Signature Emoji’ which was designed to help you find out precisely which emoji characters you use more than other people.

Available as a beta for SwiftKey’s iPhone users, and coming soon for everyone, this feature takes advantage of SwiftKey’s knowledge base which gets continually updated as you’re typing away. Read More

 

Create colorful keyboards that match your mood in an instant with Photokeys

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Photokeys by developer Appyfurious was released in the App Store last evening. This quite interesting application makes it easy and fun to create your own colorful keyboards in seconds, from any photo in your library.

Just take or import a picture, adjust color themes as you like and your keyboard is ready for use in any application.

If you’re unhappy with the results, refine your custom designs with manual controls to mix and match your own colors and achieve the keyboard nirvana. But wait, there’s much more to Photokeys, a 99-cent download from the App Store, than meets the eye. Read More

 

Logitech announces three new ‘Logi BLOK’ protective cases for iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2015

Accessory maker Logitech on Wednesday introduced the world to its all-new family of protective case, shell and keyboard cases for Apple’s iPad. Called Logi BLOK, the latest accessories offer protection from drops up to six feet high and onto surfaces as hard as concrete. The lineup is comprised of the Logi BLOK Protective Shell, the Logi BLOK Protective Case and the Logi BLOK Protective Keyboard Case.

After announcing a new branding strategy earlier this month, today marks first Logitech products to have been released under the new Logi brand. All three accessories will be available for purchase in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and across select European markets in August. Read More

 

SwipeSelection and SwipeSelection Pro receive official bug fix updates

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 10, 2015

A few days ago, we reported about an unofficial version of SwipeSelection that fixed a longstanding issue with using the tweak inside of Safari. After the attention brought about by that unofficial version, the original developer of SwipeSelection has pushed an update to both the standard and Pro versions of his landmark tweak.

Yes, both SwipeSelection and SwipeSelection Pro now play nice while in Safari, and fix a bug where swiping on the keyboard caused issues with auto correct. If you’re running either version of SwipeSelection, you’ll definitely appreciate this long-awaited update. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard goes free forever, now auto-suggests themes, extensions and more as you type

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Fleksy Keyboard, one of the first and arguably the most popular third-party keyboards available in the App Store, has been slashed to zero bucks permanently. The iPhone and iPad app used to retail for 99 cents a pop and went free briefly just twice following its App Store debut last fall.

What’s more, the new price point is valid forever moving forward. Those who have previously bought the app will be treated to new themes and extension slots worth $8 as a gift. In addition to the price cut, developers have refreshed Fleksy Keyboard with some notable personal assistant-like features. Read More

 

TagsDock keyboard lets you quickly hashtag posts on Instagram and Vine

By Lory Gil on Jul 3, 2015

If you are an avid social network user, you’ve probably got a list of hashtags that you use on a regular basis. Instead of having to type out the symbol and tag, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap a button to add your string of hashtags?

Well, now you can with TagsDock. This third-party app lets you turn your keyboard into a hashtag haven. With more than 3,000 popular hashtags in more than 100 categories, you’ll never have to type out your tags again. Read More

 

Disney launches new GIF keyboard app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2015

Disney this week launched a new keyboard app for iOS called “Disney Gif.” As the name suggests, the app allows you to browse through, and quickly share from, a library of animated GIF images and emoji icons featuring Disney content.

For its launch, the keyboard features hundreds of images pulled from Disney’s expansive TV and movie collection, including Star Wars, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Inside Out, The Lion King and various hit television shows from ABC. Read More

 

MobilePioneer is an affordable slide out keyboard case for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Jun 26, 2015

There tends to be two camps when it comes to keyboards. Some people prefer the on-screen touchpad’s design while others feel that the tactile feel of a physical keyboard is the way to go.

If you are in the latter camp, MobilePioneer has a slim case for the iPhone 6 that slides out from the back to expose a full-featured keyboard, complete with iOS shortcuts. Read More

 

Line launches new Emoji Keyboard app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2015

LINE launched a new app for iOS today called ‘Emoji Keyboard.’ As the name suggests, it’s a free keyboard app with over 3,000 new and unique Stickers & Emoji that will help you “experience a more exciting and lively chat with friends and loved ones.”

For those who aren’t familiar with LINE, it’s an insanely popular Japanese messaging app. It has more than 500 million users, which are mostly in Asia, but it’s hoping its Emoji Keyboard will help make inroads into the United States and other countries. Read More

 

Logitech Type+ for iPad Air 2 is a protective case with an integrated keyboard

By Lory Gil on Jun 17, 2015

Until Apple designs a physical keyboard for its tablet line, we will be subject to connecting via third-party cases. Finding one that fits both form and function can be difficult considering how many are on the market today.

Logitech is tops when it comes to cases for the iPad Air 2 and the Type+ is both classy and functional. You can protect your tablet with style and use it for robust typing activities. Read More

 

Hidden ‘iPad Pro’ like keyboard in iOS 9 scales to larger screen sizes with additional keys

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

In addition to an all-new predictive touch technology and two times better touch-to-display latency in iOS 9, another clue of a rumored ‘iPad Pro’ comes in the form of a hidden software keyboard in iOS 9.

As discovered by iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith, it was designed to cater to bigger screen sizes with a wider key appearance, some new keys and a brand new row of symbols that are normally invoked with specific keystroke combinations. Read More

 

The big keyboard refinements in iOS 9

By Timothy Reavis on Jun 8, 2015

During its WWDC presentation today, Apple introduced several new enhancements for its keyboard in iOS on iPhone and iPad. These changes include a redesigned shift key for distinguishing capital letters, lowercase, and caps lock. Additionally, key lettering now switches between upper and lowercase depending on which variation of a letter will be typed, which is another tool Apple is using to more clearly define what letter case mode the shift key is in, and adds ShowCase to the list of jailbreak tweaks Apple has turned into stock features with iOS 9.

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