With the release of iOS 8, Apple introduced the ability for users to download third-party keyboards. While Apple s default keyboard has seen improvements along with the introduction of predictive text, these third-party apps offer different kinds of typing experience. Here are five keyboards you can download off the App Store right now. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
First off, here is how to install and change the keyboard. Once you have downloaded the app, head over to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard. You will see your downloaded keyboards listed under Third-party Keyboards. Once you have added it, you can click on the globe button on Apple s keyboard to switch between different keyboards. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
When Apple announced this new iOS 8 feature at WWDC, SwiftKey was the first to announce its keyboard for iOS devices. One of the most famous keyboard apps, it lets users swipe through letters rather than tapping on individual keys. Additionally, the app also offers a strong prediction engine, which learns from your writing and suggests words, themes, and emojis.
Here s another free keyboard app that lets you type either by tapping the keys or by sliding across them. Its USP is the simplicity of the layout and functionality, and also on offer are colored themes and emojis. One thing that differentiates the app from others is that it lets you use gestures to type punctuations and numbers without having to long press on a key.
Swype (Rs 60)
Swype was the first ever keyboard app to offer swipe-based typing, before other companies swooped in to offer a similar experience. Unlike the above app, Swype costs Rs 60, and for that you get the ability to dictate messages or emails, and five themes and languages.
Fleksy Keyboard (Rs 60)
This keyboard is meant for users who are perennially in a hurry and find deleting a word to type it again a tedious job. The app has a strong autocorrect system that can correct even the worst written words. Simple gestures like swiping left to delete the word and swiping right to add a space after a word helps you type faster.
Minuum (Rs 120)
This is one of the more expensive keyboards currently available on iOS 8, and is also one of the most unique apps in terms of functionality. It is a minimalist keyboard that doesn t take much space on the phone, but is still very easy to use. You can drag the up or down to resize the keyboard to as small as a ribbon. The autocorrect and predictive text system will then try to figure out predict what you want to type.