What Apple’s iPhone keyboard announcement means for you

July 9, 2014

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!

  • Cincybearcatfan

    This COULD be the first step in swaying me towards the Apple ecosystem. I’ve only owned Android phones since I bought my Droid Incredible in April 2010. Apple’s keyboard is horrible compared to Swiftkey.

  • Zoran MESAROVIĆ

    I own both, the iOS and Android devices and consider myself more of the user of Apple’s technology. But since I’ve discovered SwiftKey in 2011 I prefer typing long texts on my Android device more than on desktop or laptop. I stopped entirely typing (only if I have to) on my iOS devices.
    I cannot wait for SwiftKey on iOS. I am a true fan of your achievement. Keep up the best work!
    Thank you!
    P.S.
    my personal hobby is to install (especially since it is free) SwiftKey on the devices of the people who are unaware of the existince of something like that and wait for few days for them to call me, or even better to type to me how thankful they are to me, and actually to you guys…

    • Josh, SwiftKey Community Team

      @zoranmesarovi:disqus Thanks for the kind words. Please do sign up at the page below to stay in the loop ! http://swiftkey.com/ios/

      • Zoran MESAROVIĆ

        Oh, I did sign up on the first day. To me iOS 8 is all about SwiftKey… Honestly…

        • Josh, SwiftKey Community Team

          @zoranmesarovi:disqus Awesome :)

          • Zoran MESAROVIĆ

            May I take the opportunity and ask you if SwiftKey will ever support Serbian Cyrillic keyboard?
            I have been asking about this repeatedly on feature request/suggestions page of yours…
            Thank you…

          • Josh, SwiftKey Community Team

            @zoranmesarovi:disqus We do currently support Serbian. I’m unaware of an immediate change to the Serbian Cyrillic keyboard though. Thanks for posting it on our feedback forum. That is were we pull ideas like this from.

  • http://www.blogconsulting.com Pavel Ushakov

    I’m really looking forward to trying it on ios, however if it looks like a 3rd party add-on on top of ios 8, I would have to uninstall it. I’m really hoping that SwiftKey looks like it’s part of IOS 8 in every sense of it.

  • Graham Hogan

    Massive SwiftKey fan. Cant wait till it hits IOS – any sight of it hitting Windows ? ? ?

    • Josh, SwiftKey Community Team

      @grahamhogan:disqus Our current focus is on iOS for now :) sign up here to stay in the loop http://swiftkey.com/ios/

  • ash

    Please add better Hinglish support. Swiftkey PREDICTION and CURRENT WORD SUGGESTION must be good for english but for hinglish it’s really bad. Indian would be using this language I.e. more than 100 crores people. Where as swype is nice for hinglish. I really like swiftkey look and less memory usage. The above is the only thing keeping me away from swiftkey.

  • Peter

    I switched to iPhone from Android+Swiftkey… And I regret it badly due to the crappy keyboard in iOS. I use my phone a lot for texting and mail, so I really look forward to Swiftkey hitting iOS :-D. It will add a lot of value to the Apple iPhones…!

    Keep up the good work!

    Peter Lund from Denmark