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Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS 8

Brian Beam | Sept. 30, 2014
Here's a quick preview of some of the most popular keyboards that have been downloaded and installed on iOS 8 since its recent release, most of which are optimized for both the iPhone and iPad.

Privacy issues aside, even though the ability to install alternative keyboards is a welcome addition to iOS, there's still some work that Apple could do in this area. Specifically, my biggest gripe is that selecting a keyboard activates it in every app on your device. For me, I would like to have the ability to dedicate different keyboards for different apps. For example, I will always use the TextExpander keyboard in Mail and Evernote, but would prefer Swype or SwiftKey in Facebook or Twitter. Granted, Apple has made it easy to switch among keyboards, but if you use a wide variety of apps on your device, this constant switching from keyboard to keyboard can get tiring.

Hopefully this is just a start and we'll see greater keyboard-related functionality in future updates, but I'm very thankful for the options we have today.

 

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