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Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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iOS 8 to Include Support for System Wide Third-Party Keyboards




Apple today announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference that iOS 8 will support system wide third-party keyboards.

The company showed something that appeared to resemble the popular-gesture based keyboard Swype running on iOS 8, as software chief Craig Federighi noted that keyboards have the most restrictive sandbox to ensure user privacy and safety.

To this point, third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey Note and Flesky have launched for iOS, although their integration has been limited to note-taking in a separate app and allowing app developers to incorporate their keyboard, respectively. With this announcement, it is likely that both keyboards will launch for iOS with full integration at some point in the future.

Support for third-party keyboards will be included with iOS 8, with the new mobile operating system expected to launch this fall.

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Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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i wonder how that will work thought. devs can offer a keyboard in the appstore and it somehow gets deeper access into ios to make it work anywhere? or will apple pick some keyboard by devs and allow them as an option built into ios8
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:59 PM   #6
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It is an extension, looks like they will be available via the AppStore.
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i wonder how that will work thought. devs can offer a keyboard in the appstore and it somehow gets deeper access into ios to make it work anywhere? or will apple pick some keyboard by devs and allow them as an option built into ios8
It uses the extension APIs to replace the default UI while remaining sandboxed without network connectivity (unless the user allows it). They will probably be offered in the App Store.
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Come on! Extensions is MASSIVE - interaction between apps is here! This is SO much more than just third party keyboards!
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i wonder how that will work thought. devs can offer a keyboard in the appstore and it somehow gets deeper access into ios to make it work anywhere? or will apple pick some keyboard by devs and allow them as an option built into ios8
I'd imagine it would have serious limitations with regards to data storing and uploading (if even possible).

There's one thing for certain, we are definitely going to need some more App Store categories.
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Apple today announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference that iOS 8 will support system wide third-party keyboards.

The company showed something that appeared to resemble the popular-gesture based keyboard Swype running on iOS 8, as software chief Craig Federighi noted that keyboards have the most restrictive sandbox to ensure user privacy and safety.

To this point, third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey Note and Flesky have launched for iOS, although their integration has been limited to note-taking in a separate app and allowing app developers to incorporate their keyboard, respectively. With this announcement, it is likely that both keyboards will launch for iOS with full integration at some point in the future.

Support for third-party keyboards will be included with iOS 8, with the new mobile operating system expected to launch this fall.

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This along with connectivity are by far my two favorite parts of everything that happened today
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:06 PM   #12
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It uses the extension APIs to replace the default UI while remaining sandboxed without network connectivity (unless the user allows it). They will probably be offered in the App Store.
wonder why they dont allow the same extension API to let dev put "widgets" in the notification center
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:13 PM   #13
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This is welcome news! Two things I miss from Android. Bigger screens and swipe keyboards! Looks like I'll have both this fall. I'm happy
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:22 PM   #14
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Can't wait to see an Astrophotography keyboard (and mode). Makes nighttime use so much easier. In general I don't need anything but the default but it is nice to have the option.
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Many of my reasons for jailbreaking were dismissed by apple today, if i can get a nice black keyboard, bloard isnt needed.
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wonder why they dont allow the same extension API to let dev put "widgets" in the notification center
Uh... They do...
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:28 PM   #19
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The first third party keyboard I want, is one that actually changes the letter case on the keys depending on shift mode... just like every other software keyboard on the planet.

It's always been insane that, especially after mocking physical keyboards, Apple's own soft keyboard acts like a physical one by staying in uppercase.

(Plus I've lately had to explain to new iPad users why they're not typing what they think. Especially when iOS goes into auto-uppercase at the beginning of a sentence. That's can be very confusing to new iOS users, because while it's nice when you get used to it, it's unexpected, and they try to hit Shift which actually puts in back into lowercase mode.)
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The first third party keyboard I want, is one that actually changes the letter case on the keys depending on shift mode... just like every other software keyboard on the planet.

It's always been insane that, especially after mocking physical keyboards, Apple's own soft keyboard acts like a physical one by staying in uppercase.

(Plus I've lately had to explain to new iPad users why they're not typing what they think. Especially when iOS goes into auto-uppercase at the beginning of a sentence. That's can be very confusing to new iOS users, because while it's nice when you get used to it, it's unexpected, and they try to hit Shift which actually puts in back into lowercase mode.)
The worst is when you leave on autocapitalize and you intend to type a key which normally requires you press the shift key (?) but instead it presses the non-shifted variety (.)... so instead you have to press it twice...except not too quickly or it turns into caps lock and still doesn't type the character you wanted.
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:44 PM   #22
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So to throw Android out of the water in regards to keyboards and to avoid future litigations Apple added QuickType as a new feauture and let developers have at it with Android about infringing on the Swype feature. Hahaha I love Apple.
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Uh... They do...
oh they do? thats awesome ... i had to secretly watch it earlier so i missed some of it
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This is great. I can't wait to love my phone more than I already do.
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Old Jun 2, 2014, 03:21 PM   #25
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Yes but the difference is google likely won't sure apple over swype.
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