SwiftKey confirmed for iPad, iPhone with new iOS 8 release

Summary:Apple will allow keyboard extensions for iOS 8 and SwiftKey has confirmed it's already working on a version for iOS.

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Apple announced a lot of things at the WWDC keynote this week, not the least of which is opening up the next version of iOS for keyboard extensions. Android has long enjoyed the advantage over iOS created by allowing third party keyboard apps.

SwiftKey is one of the best Android keyboard apps available, and the company has confirmed to ZDNet that it will produce a version for iOS 8.

It is already working on it, according to company officials.

“We’re delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening its platform to third party keyboards. For more than four years, SwiftKey has pioneered faster, easier typing on touchscreens, leading the industry with next-word prediction and smarter autocorrection. Our technology features on more than 200 million devices to date and we can’t wait to reach more. We first brought a taste of our technology to iOS in January this year with the launch of the free note-taking app SwiftKey Note. Are we going to build SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS 8? Of course we are. We’ve already started.”

SwiftKey has sophisticated technology that refines predictive text based on each individual user. The longer the keyboard app is used, the better it gets at predicting what the user is most likely to type next. After a short while it gets uncanny in its accuracy.

This is big news and I can't wait for it to appear this fall with iOS8. When I step away from Android and pick up either an iPad or Windows 8 tablet, SwiftKey is the one thing I miss the most.

If you're not familiar with SwiftKey and why so many users swear by it, check out the video below of it in use on Android.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, iPad, iPhone

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