Androids beloved SwiftKey Keyboard is now set to be released on the iPhone
One of the biggest changes that I have to deal with switching between my iPhone and my Android devices, is getting used to the keyboard change. It now looks like the famed SwiftKey used for Android devices could be about to make its way over to the iPhone, at least according to leaked information via the Twitter handle Evleaks. If you’re not aware of what the SwiftKey Keyboard offers, it’s basically a smart keyboard that allows you to swipe your finger from letter to letter, to spell out words. It’s an excellent tool for speedy texting, as your finger only leaves the screen to provide spaces between words.
Even though SwiftKey has been happily adopted by most Android users, there hasn’t been any way to implement the keyboard into iOS, as the iOS keyboard is a core function. It would be possible to change the core keyboard with a jailbroken device, but chances of Apple adding it into their core build is fairly unlikely. Just because the core keyboard can’t be changed, doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get a different keyboard, if the change were to come as a app rather than a core change that is. The app is said to be named SwiftKey Note, although it’s probably not going to work as well as a core keyboard change, it’s still something to give Apple users a taste of what they’ve been missing.
This wouldn’t be the first keyboard app to hit the App Store either, Hipjot for iPhone was just released a few days back and claims to offering extremely fast typing. This would be the first time that we see a dramatic change to a keyboard, like using SwiftKey.
As I mentioned above, I use both the stock iOS keyboard and Android’s SwiftKey on a daily basis. Both keyboards have their advantages and disadvantages, although I feel overall that SwiftKey provides a quicker and smoother way of typing on the ever so small screens. It most likely just comes down to user preference, but without the option to try both, there isn’t a good way to know what your preference is. If the leak is true, hopefully this app will draw enough attention to SwiftKey on iOS that Apple may reconsider lifting their strict policies.
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