While Apple's including QuickType in today's free , there are other ways to speed up your typing on an iPhone or iPad. Apple's also opened iOS 8 up to third-party keyboards for the first time in history and a parade of vendors will be releasing their wares to the App Store later today.
For the first time in iOS history you'll be able to quickly slide your thumb across letters on your screen to spell out words instead of having to hunt-and-peck individual letters on a virtual keyboard. While this feature has been available on Android for eons it's finally coming to iOS today and it works surprisingly well.
Although I haven't been part of the following vendor's beta programs for iOS 8 (I'll withhold judgment until the official iOS apps are released) I've used them on Android as well as the first-party Google Keyboard which basically does the same thing.
Here's a round up of the big four keyboard replacements that will be arriving today for iOS 8:
SwiftKey (free, App Store) also joined the iOS 8 keyboard race today, but with one major difference:it's free. Here's a demo video of SwiftKey in action (if you can get through the slo-mo sports clips, that is).
You can see a video comparison of Swype and SwiftKey at re/code.
What's your favorite iOS 8 keyboard? Post your thoughts in the TalkBack below or Tweet me @jasonogrady.