TouchPal: First to Demo a Swipe Typing Keyboard Working on iOS 8

TouchPal is the first keyboard that supports swipe (or slide) typing to offer a video demo working on iOS 8. The demo shows swipe typing in action on an iPhone running an early iOS 8 beta.

It’s hard to gauge how well this TouchPal keyboard will work compared to other leading swipe keyboards just from a demo, but it’s great to see another company pushing ahead with support for this feature. TouchPal joins Swype, SwiftKey, and Fleksy on the list of 3rd party keyboards already in the works for iOS 8.

TouchPal have told Apple Insider that they’ll be making their keyboard available to test for some iOS 8 beta users ‘in coming weeks’. I’m going to need to jump in on one of the iOS 8 betas soon.

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3 Swipe Typing Leaders Already Working on Keyboards for iOS 8

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Last week Apple announced that iOS 8 will allow for 3rd party keyboards – and we’re already seeing some very good news in terms of keyboard offerings we’ll see for the next version of iOS.  3 leading makers of Android keyboards have all made clear that they are working on keyboards for iOS 8.

As MacStories reports, Swype, SwiftKey, and Fleksy have all announced plans for iOS 8 keyboards. They’ve even got a nice quite on the subject from a SwiftKey marketing exec:

“I think it’s obviously a wonderful day for anyone who wants to be productive and use iOS devices,” said Joe Braidwood, chief marketing officer for SwiftKey. “We believe we’ve built a great product that’s made it easier to type on touchscreens, and we’ve got a great community of Android users to prove it. We can’t wait to extend that to iOS. Ultimately, it means people have more choice, and we’re very excited about that.”

I couldn’t agree more and can’t wait to see the range of keyboard options and swipe typing options we end up with in iOS 8.

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Hurrah! iOS 8 Brings Keyboard Choices

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Apple’s WWDC keynote event yesterday was full of good news for iPad users and iOS and Mac fans too. Thomas did a great job of running down lots of the most exciting and powerful new iOS 8 features last night.

One of those that I am the most pumped up about is support for 3rd party keyboards. Swipe typing capability has been at or near the top of my iOS and iPad wish list for a long while now.  With my new day job I now use a Nexus 7 heavily and my last 5 phones have all been Androids too. So I’ve become a huge fan of swipe typing. It is a pure joy to use and makes me far faster and more effective at taking notes at client sites, managing email and texts, and in so many ways when using my mobile devices.

Typing on the iPad has become a slow, frustrating experience ever since I discovered the joy of swipe typing.

In amongst all the impressive new features of iOS 8 I will definitely be getting some big-time satisfaction the first time I’m able to choose a great swipe typing capable keyboard as my system default on the iPad.

Which iOS 8 features are you most looking forward to on the iPad?

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iOS 8 Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance of Everything I Wanted


icloud driveToday I found out that Apple has been snooping through my diary and reading iPad Insight. That’s really the only way they could have put out such a magical keynote for iOS 8 (and OS X) today that felt like it was plucked straight from a dream. Patrick already offered his quick impressions of the iOS 8 announcement, but because there is simply so much to talk about, I wanted to offer up some of the choicest bits gleaned from today’s presentation. Today was a veritable software feast, and I hadn’t realized how hungry I was.

Calls and SMS from iPhone, Handoffs

This is exactly the kind of experiential continuity I’ve been looking for from Apple. The iPhone on iOS 8 will now act as a sort of telephony hub for the iPad and Mac, allowing them to receive texts and calls, and respond to them. Handoffs seems like it could have some very interesting uses, almost like an anticipatory AirDrop functionality. There are so many times where I walk back to my Mac and want to view the webpage on my iPhone on a big screen. Handoffs will make that step even easier, and I’m looking forward to seeing third-party apps integrate this as well. I’m also really glad that Apple included third-party support for Handoffs right from the start, instead of making us wait another year.

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iOS 8 Quick Thought: Way More than I Expected

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Wow. I came home today to lots of exciting news on iOS 8 and some lovely new features it brings. I was at work all day and didn’t get a chance to follow Apple’s WWDC keynote event, or even any of the liveblogs covering it – first time in a long time I’ve been so late to the party for a major Apple event.

Anyway, in the last few weeks leading up to today’s event my expectations for iOS 8 and the iPad had sunk lower and lower. All the big rumors and ‘what to expect’ speculation centered on a health-focused app or hub, Touch ID coming to new iPads, and improvements to the Maps app.

Those 3 had my excitement level barely hovering above zero. The health focused stuff sounded great, but much more useful (and likely to be used) on a phone than a tablet. Touch ID would be nice, but I’ve never felt worked up about it, and I’m more than covered by the Google Maps app on all my devices.

So I thought today would be a bit of a snooze fest for me, at least in terms of things related to the iPad. And it looks like I was absolutely wrong. iOS 8 brings interactive notifications; a vastly improved iCloud; real, proper sharing between 3rd party apps; more clever and useful links between Macs and iOS devices, great new Photos features, family sharing, App Store enhancements, and one huge personal wish list item that I’ll talk about in a separate post.

Look out for Thomas’ post coming soon with a better roundup of what’s new and exciting in iOS 8. For now, I’m just happy to see how wrong I was with my low expectations.

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