iOS 8 to Include Support for System Wide Third-Party Keyboards

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


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

    [​IMG]
    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.

    Article Link: iOS 8 to Include Support for System Wide Third-Party Keyboards
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    ChrisTX

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    #2
    In my best Mr. Burns voice "Excellent! ".
     
  3. macrumors 68040

    F123D

    #3
    About time!
     
  4. macrumors 604

    bushido

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    #4
    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
     
  5. macrumors 6502

    kwokaaron

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    #5
    Never saw this coming! :eek:
     
  6. macrumors 68030

    CylonGlitch

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Location:
    SoCal
    #6
    It is an extension, looks like they will be available via the AppStore.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

    djtech42

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2012
    Location:
    West Chester, OH
    #7
    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.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

    NightFox

    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    #8
    Come on! Extensions is MASSIVE - interaction between apps is here! This is SO much more than just third party keyboards!
     
  9. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2006
    #9
    Simply awesome.
     
  10. macrumors 68000

    Parasprite

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2013
    #10
    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.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2013
    #11
    This along with connectivity are by far my two favorite parts of everything that happened today
     
  12. macrumors 604

    bushido

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    #12
    wonder why they dont allow the same extension API to let dev put "widgets" in the notification center
     
  13. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    #13
    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
     
  14. macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Location:
    Oregon
    #14
    This is fantastic news!
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Location:
    Tennessee
    #15
    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.
     
  16. macrumors 68020

    carjakester

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2013
    Location:
    Midwest
    #16
    Many of my reasons for jailbreaking were dismissed by apple today, if i can get a nice black keyboard, bloard isnt needed.
     
  17. macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #17
    Uh... They do...
     
  18. macrumors 65816

    nooaah

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2009
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    #18
    Bye jailbreak
     
  19. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2010
    #19
    Swype is coming! :)
     
  20. macrumors demi-god

    kdarling

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Location:
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    #20
    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.)
     
  21. macrumors 68000

    Parasprite

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2013
    #21
    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. :rolleyes:
     
  22. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    #22
    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.
     
  23. macrumors 604

    bushido

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    #23
    oh they do? thats awesome ... i had to secretly watch it earlier so i missed some of it :D
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Sirious

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #24
    This is great. I can't wait to love my phone more than I already do.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

    ggibson913

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    #25
    Yes but the difference is google likely won't sure apple over swype.
     

Share This Page