Apple is releasing iOS 8 to users on September 17 and along with it will come the ability to have third-party keyboards. Swiftkey has already shown its popular keyboard will be available on day one but there is yet another developer whose keyboard could change the way we send messages on iOS for ever.
Meet PopKey, which claims to be the world’s first animated GIF keyboard and allows users to replace their existing keyboard with an emoji-style keyboard comprised entirely of animated GIFs. PopKey lets users search for GIFs by keyword and paste them into messages without ever having to leave a conversation. The app will come with access to thousands of GIFs but you can also upload your own if you want.
The keyboard lets you browse featured and trending GIFs, save your favorites, and quickly access the GIFs you recently used. You can also browse for GIFs based on keywords. For instance, tapping on LOL key will bring up a collection of funny GIFs.
PopKey will plug in to your iPhone keyboard’s ‘International’ globe key. Once you tap the key, you will have a collection of GIFs sorted in sections like LOL, happy, sad, facepalm and more.
There’s no word on when PopKey will be available, but you can sign up for notification on the developers website.