SwiftKey faster than Apple keyboard?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by kockgunner, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Does anyone feel SwiftKey is more responsive than Apple's keyboard? Save for the slight delay when loading the keyboard, the key caps appear instantly the moment you press. With Apple's keyboard there is still a split second delay which makes it feel unresponsive.

    I wonder if the delay is intentional so your eyes have more time to register feedback. I feel SwiftKey's key caps appears on screen very quickly but disappears a bit too soon.
  2. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I think its Apples keyboard has a delay.

    It's hard to say from normal usage but that's what it looks like to me.

    From using the keyboards for the past couple weeks it seems like Apples keyboard is more consistent in general. Swiftkey has great prediction. Fleksy, and Minuum are incredibly fast but struggle wkth more complex correction.

    Generally I still use iOS keyboard with QuickType as it seems to do a much better job of doing prediction and more complex corrections in a balanced way.

    Glad there's at least more options how for people to try.
  3. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    no delay with apples keyboard on my device, ill only pay more attention to other keyboards when/if they work everywhere across ios
  4. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I wouldn't plan around that.

    Software keyboards are glorified key loggers that use network connectivity to try to get smarter over time. Apple intentionally restricts things to their keyboard for all secure input fields.
  5. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    thats on my mind too..luckily i find apples keyboard beautiful since ios 7, so im not dying to have another
  6. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Nashville, TN

    Apples keyboards run locally. If you do use third party keyboards though, stick with established companies.

    Swiftkey, Fleksy and Swype are pretty established. Minuum is probably safe enough.

    I'd avoid anything that says color a keyboard or anything like that.
  7. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    A lot more keyboards if you see the megathread of 3rd party keyboards.

    Not all keyboards need full access in order to use the 3rd party keyboard (like e.g. Swype, Path Input) i think Apple does check if they really don't access it if you also reject it when asked.
  8. ranini macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    I heard that switfkey is a bit slower,i will check it.
  9. youknome macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2010
    I find Apple's keyboard slow on the iPhone 6, sometimes it misses characters when I am typing.

    I'll try Swift Key and report back.
  10. fardeenah macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2013
    swiftkey is faster to type on but slower to load
  11. urkel, Oct 2, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2014

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Define "beautiful"... Because this thing is a bloated mess :(

    - Globe key shifts position in landscape and portrait
    - Autofill Password line... On a message board post?
    - No iPad style split keyboard?
    - Keyboard layout unusable shrunk in favor of obscure buttons
    - Shift + Arrows don't actually highlight
    - Dedicated "Bold" Key?!?
    - An icing bottle?!?!?

    I primarily use the standard keyboard but this is far from being practical or "beautiful" in any way.
  12. tkwolf macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    My only problem with third party keyboard is that i use assitive touch and it gets in the way since assistive touch does not recognize it and doesn't auto-move unlike when I use the stock keyboard
  13. tongefactor40 macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Do the secondary keyboards sometimes not come up for anyone? Sometimes I end up having to re-start whatever app I am using in order for the keyboard to pop up.
  14. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    I get the autofill password thing when posting here as well on my retina mini. Used to be all the time but it randomly decided to stop.

    And I feel horrible for plus users and that mess of a keyboard. Luckily it's only that way in landscape >_> during the keynote when they talked about that landscape keyboard on the plus very briefly, I was horrified and glad I am not interested in the 6+. When you take the top and bottom bezels, that keyboard seems like it is very hard to reach with all those other things being in the way, having to reach ACROSS them and all.
  15. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    what mess? thats a basic clean nice looking keyboard..just disable predictive, on any keyboard
  16. gavroche macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    Left Coast
    I've been using swiftkey for the day, and i love it so far. I haven't really notice it loading slower, but who knows. But there is one feature of swiftkey that i love to death, and for it alone i won't change back... i can have english and spanish combined. So i can type messages in either english or spanish, or use both together in the same message, and no need to change keyboards. Before, if i had english keyboard and started typing a message in spanish, auto-correct kept changing my words to english words, and vice versa... pain in the but. So awesome.
  17. paulking macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    I much prefer SwiftKey.
    Very snappy, very smart in its predictions.
    My spelling can be way off and it catches my intent.
    Predicts next word so well.
    Quite amazing. Apple native board is slow witted by comparison.
    Only odd thing is that sometimes a word will be predicted in the center box (of the three) and a press of space bar will not insert it - it usually does.
    Have to tap the word itself.

    Other manageable but unfortunate flaw is no microphone key like you get with native board. (an Apple proprietary thing I'd imagine)
    Considering how incredibly improved and accurate the speech to text functionality is in iOS8 (truly amazing), it's a shame one has to switch keyboards to access it.
    Use SwiftKey for a few days, combine your letter taps with word taps (have to keep an eye on the predicted words as you type),and you'll be hooked.
    But, having said all that, I'm going to try to use the speech function more and more. It's a miracle of the new OS.
  18. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    All the time. Waiting on bug fixes...
  19. nooaah macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    It happens everyday for me in Messages with Swype. I ditched Swiftkey for the same behavior because it was happening even more frequently.
  20. kmpoboy2 macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm surprised there isn't a single update for SwiftKey since it was released with the bugs it has.
  21. Makale.Helvetia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2014
    fleksy is also in a mess..

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