Well, it’s been a long time coming. And rumours have been circulating for months. BUt with the release of iOS8, third-party keyboards are finally allowed to crash Apple’s party.
We’ve been vocal critics of Apple’s worst-of-bread keyboard usability. They’ve dogmatically refused to fix it despite rising frustration and ridicule. And finally they’ve relented – not by fixing it themselves but by allowing third party keyboards on board.
This opens the doors to the vastly superior Swiftkey, Swype, Fleksy and Dextr keyboard to improve the texting experience… and in the process improve the usability of not just their devices, but every app that runs on their devices.
We tend to forget how central keyboards are to the entire touchscreen experience. Every time we need to tweet, post, tag, comment, chat, search, SMS or email, we’re reliant on text input. Thanks Apple. And about time!