iOS Custom Keyboard Megathread

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  1. jrpmsms macrumors member

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    #726
    Is it me? Or have keyboard freezes (I use Swiftkey) increased with this last update? Before... there were a tolerable amount... now... it's like we moved backwards.
     
  2. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #727
    Not with Swype (iPhone 5s) or Path Input for iPad (running on iPad mini2) running iOS8.4 on both.
     
  3. dahauss macrumors regular

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    #728
    With SwiftKey it keeps reverting Beck to stock keyboard at random times.
     
  4. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502a

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    #729
    My SwiftKey has improved. Not near as much freezing up. Hardly any at all. The keyboard does vanish in messages occasionally. But I'd rather deal with that than have the issues I get with the stock keyboard. I like the SwiftKey features. It's important to me to be able to delete non words from the predictive keyboard library. With stock, you have to delete the entire keyboard dictionary and start over. SwiftKey has a better memory than stock.
     
  5. dahauss macrumors regular

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    #730
    Mine sometimes reverts to stock. Mostly in messages and email
     
  6. Kerry Sanders macrumors regular

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    #731
    I have seen that with SwiftKey and TouchPal. I have also had several instances where the keyboard either switches back to the built-in keyboard or the custom keyboard app will not come up when I tap in an edit field.
     
  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #732
    Nintype was just updated. New copy and paste shortcuts. :D Working very nice so far.

    Using one of the shortcut lists as a filter for spotlight search.
     
  8. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #733
    Unfortunately ever since iOS9 some of the keyboards have lag some more then others. I hope Path Input and Swype will soon bring out an update if that can resolve it (if it's not an Apple iOS issue). I used Swype on my iPhone and Path Input for iPad on my iPad mini2 untill now. Swype does work quite ok on both devices but you still see quite some lag when you do Spotlight search it takes a bit before the keyboard to show in comparison to Apple's own keyboard.

    The lag with Path Input for iPad is awfull. It takes ages in iOS9.

    I already contacted both developers. Let's hope this can be resolved.
     
  9. pacorob, Oct 6, 2015
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    pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #734
    Yesterday Swype released an iOS9 update but it seems this doesn't resolve the stutter/lag with only Spotlight search so it seems. The odd thing was also that for a selected period of time i couldn't even choose another 3rd party keyboard when i had the Spotlight search open. The icon to switch between keyboards was not available when it was on the Apple keyboard although Swype was selected as a keyboard and the app was completely downloaded. After i also added Path Input for iPhone it worked again and i could select both Path Input and Swype.

    - 3rd party keyboards lag is very annoying there is some with Swype (still after yesterdays update) on both iPhone and iPad and major lag with Path Input for iPad
    - in some cases i couldn't select the 3rd party keyboard in Spotlight search
     
  10. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #735
    I have no stutter when scrolling in e.g. Settings or Last calls with below two devices.

    I really hope that the stuttering/lag with showing the 3rd party keyboard will be resolved. I already discussed this matter with Swype and Path Input. Swype already responded and we tried quite a few things (remove the app, set full access on/off and other things). The result:

    iPhone 5s on iOS9.02 - only lag/stuttering when showing Swype or other 3rd party keyboards with Spotlight search (not anywhere else

    ipad mini2 on iOS9.02 - only lag/stuttering when showing Swype or other 3rd party keyboards with Spotlight search but also with e.g. Safari or other Apple apps and 3rd party apps.

    ===

    I notice another keyboard in the App Store which is called:

    ReBoard: Revolutionary Keyboard By Gursimranjeet Singh | Free, with in-app purchases | needs full access rights - mandatory
     
  11. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #736
    Unfortunately the lag/stutter is still there running iOS9.1 beta 5 on my iPhone 5s especially with the Spotlight search.
    Swype did two or three updates recently but weren't able to resolve it so i keep thinking it's related to iOS9 and not their app. It worked so great in IS 8.3/8.4 grr.
    My iPad mini2 doesn't even show the third party keyboard Swype after the update of today when i try to do a Spotlight search.
     
  12. Crusoe macrumors regular

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    #737
    Swype and Swiftkey seem no worse, but unfortunately no better, running under 9.1B5. And annoyingly I lost the ability in Swype to swipe away from the keyboard to capitalise a letter. Not sure if that's a beta issue or something else.
     
  13. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #738
    Unfortunately the lag with showing a third party keyboard such as Swype or Path Input for iPad is still there with the final version iOS9.1 which was released yesterday. Swype released already quite a few iOS9 updates but didn't help so far. The lag is especially visible with my iPad mini2 running 9.1 and also a bit with iPhone 5s it's especially visible with the Spotlight search (scroll down). I sure hope they will get this fixed. In some cases the keyboard doesn't even show on Spotlight and jumps back to Apple's own keyboard while in other apps i do get the Swype keyboard. Very odd behaviour.

    iOS9.1 is an improvement but not for the third party keyboards. It was working so good in iOS 8.3/8.4.

    I wish Apple would come up with a swiping/slide feature for their own keyboard one day.
     
  14. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #739
    Nintype has yet to crash on 9.1. Hasn’t stopped showing up in Spotlight either.
     
  15. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #740
    I will test it out with my iPad mini2 how the response is with Nintype especially with Spotlight search it still very stuttering/lag to show a third party keyboard like Swype. The bug with not showing the keyboard happened a few times with Path Input for iPad (no iOS updates since ages) but i did have quite a few times that in Spotlight it jumped back to Apple's keyboard when the Swype keyboard was actually selected.

    I bought the Nintype keyboard but didn't like it. It's too difficult to use in my opinion. I kept using Swype.
     
  16. pacorob, Dec 9, 2015
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    pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #741
    I found another few keyboards. I just added these also to the topic start post.

    Thingthing Keyboard | Thingthing Keyboard app free | needs full access rights - mandatory

    [​IMG]

    I also noticed that the iOS version of the Go Keyboard now also support swiping gesture:

    GO Keyboard | GO Keyboard app free | 36 languages supported | does not need full access rights if your using the English keyboard | You temporary need to give 'full access' to download and select another language then English, you can turn it off again after that and still swipe words. Please note that for some features you still need to turn on full access to use it. | offers language-specific layouts (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY)

    [​IMG]

    Slash Keyboard | Free | official website | needs full access rights - mandatory

     
  17. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #742
    Today's Nintype update hasn't closed on me at all today, and in all the usual spots it does. But maybe I'm talking too soon again. :rolleyes:

    How's SwiftKey and the rest been for you all?
     
  18. aarontsuru macrumors regular

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  19. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #744
    Why? 3rd party SDK bugs are indeed still there in some areas and still sluggish with loading third party keyboards (e.g. Swype) on some older devices (e.g. my iPad mini2) since iOS9>9.2. I'm using Swype daily with both iPhone 5s and iPad mini2 both running iOS9.2. I've read on Twitter a tweet from a beta tester that 9.2.1 is much faster in regards to third party keyboards.
     
  20. aarontsuru macrumors regular

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    #745
    because, I want them to work 100% like the stock keyboard. Show up on quick replies, show up everywhere, not be shut down by the OS to where nothing shows up. Etc. I want to grant them the same permissions that Apple's keyboard has so that they work like they did on Android. Until then, they are hampered and I'm not going to bother. Bummer that a marquee feature was so poorly executed.
     
  21. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    #746
    I agree that it's still super annoying that you can't use a third party keyboard with quick replies!!
    It would also be nice to choose to allow this and also use Siri on a third party keyboard. That a third party keyboard is not showing up in my bank app is fine with me.
     
  22. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502a

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    #748
    I'm happy with SwiftKey. I've been using it exclusively since the beginning of iOS 8. I have the Stock keyboard deleted. It still shows for passwords and such. But I'm happy. The benefits of SwiftKey outweigh no dictation mic and what not for me.
     
  23. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #749
    The guy behind Nintype found a consistent way to not have the keyboards popup. So he's filed a report with Apple and we'll probably have that fixed in 9.3 finally.

    Am interested in trying out the Microsoft keyboard. Was nice on my 520.
     
  24. Hot12345 macrumors 6502

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    Dindt know there was sonmuch keyboards!!! Keep this updated
     
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