Keyboards Still Buggy as Heck in iOS8

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iOS8 Keyboard Bugs

My colleague Thomas wrote a good post a couple months back, on the sad state of 3rd party keyboards in iOS8.

So I suppose it’s a little sad to report that iOS8 and its handling of keyboards – 3rd party or otherwise – is still buggy as heck, even months after release.

Check out the screenshot above for one basic ‘fail’ issue that I see fairly often on my iPad Air2. It’s the Spotlight Search bar, and I’ve already tapped the search bar to place the cursor there. That should instantly invoke the on-screen keyboard – but it doesn’t. And when this happens, I’ll tend to find that I get the same result in a notes app, or the App Store, or elsewhere.

It sometimes takes just a sleep and wake of the iPad to get past it, other times it needs a restart. But the fact is, I don’t recall ever seeing this prior to iOS 8.

I was looking forward to support for 3rd party keyboards and swipe typing in iOS8 as much as anyone possibly could (as I love using these on Android devices) – but so far the experience on iOS 8 has been nothing been disappointing.

Here’s hoping it will improve very soon.


Patrick Jordan

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One thought on “Keyboards Still Buggy as Heck in iOS8”

  1. THANK YOU, for writing this article, it is a problem that Apple seems to be ignoring since iOS8 came out.

    They only need to read the Apple forums to see all the complaints about this issue, but so far the response has been…. Nothing. The sooner they do something about it, the better.

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