What Apple’s iPhone keyboard announcement means for you

July 9, 2014

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Later this year, Apple’s iOS 8 will open up the iPhone keyboard in a way that it never has before. Much to our delight, third-party keyboards will be supported on the iPhone for the first time, and our engineers are working overtime to have SwiftKey ready for iOS 8’s arrival (you can follow along on our progress here).

As of now, there’s just one way to input text into the iPhone when using an on-screen keyboard, and that keyboard provides no predictive assistance outside of autocorrect. For many iPhone users, they simply aren’t aware of what they’re missing out on. SwiftKey has been available for Android since 2010, enabling texters, emailers, and digital communicators of all ages to access a smarter, more intuitive keyboard.

For iPhone loyalists who are hearing the SwiftKey name for the first time, we thought we’d share a few tidbits about what our technology does, and what we’re bringing to your platform of choice later this year.

For starters, SwiftKey takes the place of your stock keyboard, and with your permission, learns the shorthand and lingo that you personally rely on in order to provide a faster, more customized typing experience. A prediction bar sits on top of the keyboard offering three words that SwiftKey predicts you’re most likely to want next. Atop the conventional letter pad are cells that contain predictions of what word or symbol you’ll want to type next. Just start a sentence, and we’ll do our best to finish it for you. The more you type with SwiftKey, the more accurate the predictions become — and, of course, the more time you save.

For example, let’s say you often wish your significant other good night by texting them “Night night, honeybun”. In a non-predictive keyboard, you’d have to type that sentence manually every time. Using SwiftKey, the keyboard would quickly learn not only your preferred pet name (“honeybun”), but it would also learn to suggest each of those three words in sequence. This means that a possible 20 keystrokes gets reduced to just four taps on your screen.

Millions of users around the world already use our Android keyboard. To date, they have saved over a trillion keystrokes, and collectively, those using our keyboard have saved over 16,000 years of typing time. Both of those figures will grow to even greater heights once we bring effortless input to the millions of iPhone users around the globe.

We still have a few months until launch, but there is a way to stay on top of what’s coming. To be the first to know, sign up here.

We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to bring SwiftKey to iPhone, and we’ll be sharing more about our journey on these pages in the months to come. Stay tuned!