exKey: add an extra row of keys to the iOS keyboard

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exKey is a jailbreak tweak that adds an additional fifth row of keys to the stock keyboard in iOS. The tweak, which works on iOS 5 through iOS 7, allows users to type more efficiently, because they should spend less time switching between the numeric and alpha keys.

When installed and in normal alpha mode, you’ll see a set of numeric keys, digits 0-9, grace the top of the keyboard as the new fifth row. When you switch to the numeric keypad, the numbers are replaced with special character symbols.

We’ve taken exKey for spin in our video walkthrough. Take a look inside for more details on how this productivity jailbreak tweak works.

Once installed, there are no options to configure. exKey can be used right after installation with nothing to setup. If you’re interested in giving it a try, you can find it for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

What do you think about the idea of having an additional 5th row of keys on iOS’ stack keyboard? Do you think it’s handy, or do you think it takes up too much room on the screen? Sound off in the comments section down below.