SwiftKey for iOS Updated With Tap Map Feature, Usage Statistics

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Popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey for iOS is being updated today with an interesting new feature called Tap Map, which gives an inside look at how the app works. With Tap Map, users can see how the SwiftKey AI adapts to their typing patterns to help them make fewer typos.

The Tap Map, similar to our heatmap on SwiftKey Keyboard for Android, shows how SwiftKey uses artificial intelligence to adjust the keys on your keyboard 'behind the scenes' to better fit your typing style. For example, if you typically hit the right half of the F key when you're aiming for G, the shape of G on your Tap Map will probably be larger and skewed to the left.
SwiftKey is hoping users will share their different Tap Maps on Twitter, and has promised to give prizes to the tidiest and sloppiest SwiftKey users.

Today's SwiftKey update includes usage statistics, letting users see data on how much they've typed, how far they've Flow-ed, and how many words have been predicted and corrected. It also includes information on how much a user's productivity has been improved through the SwiftKey keyboard.

Along with the new usage information, there are also three new language packs available in SwiftKey, including Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.

SwiftKey can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Jme Saunders

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

I can't use a third party keyboard on iOS with the restrictions Apple puts on them.
 

edgr.sanchez

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

I can't use a third party keyboard on iOS with the restrictions Apple puts on them.
What are some of the restrictions?

I use Swype. The only issue I have is that the keyboard tends to crash and I'm not a fan of the fact that getting to the Emoji keyboard requires holding down the world button and then fighting with the Apple keyboard to get it to switch to Emoji.

Is SwiftKey better? I tried it a while back and was not impressed either.
 

Am3r1ca16

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What are some of the restrictions?

I use Swype. The only issue I have is that the keyboard tends to crash and I'm not a fan of the fact that getting to the Emoji keyboard requires holding down the world button and then fighting with the Apple keyboard to get it to switch to Emoji.

Is SwiftKey better? I tried it a while back and was not impressed either.
I tried Swype but it crashed to much. And since I type in both Spanish and English on a daily basis. It's annoying to have to hold the world button to switch to the Spanish keyboard and vice versa and the emoji keyboard too. And SwiftKey allows you to use 2 languages in the same keyboard.and emoji are included in the keyboard as well
 

baryon

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The problem is still the absolute suck that AutoCorrect is for some languages, especially with accents (not as much for English). Write word correctly > gets corrected to another word for no damn reason. Why? Write a word with one obvious typo, gets 5 letters replaced to become a totally different word... It seems like 3rd party keyboards have the same autocorrect intelligence as the built-in keyboard, the only difference is the input method. But the real problem is that once you hit the correct keys, it should be easy, right?

Or better yet, for foreign languages, give me a keyboard that looks like the actual physical keyboard of that language with accents, not an English keyboard with tap-and-hold for accents. How am I supposed to type trying to tap-and-hold every 3rd letter?
 

edgr.sanchez

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I tried Swype but it crashed to much. And since I type in both Spanish and English on a daily basis. It's annoying to have to hold the world button to switch to the Spanish keyboard and vice versa and the emoji keyboard too. And SwiftKey allows you to use 2 languages in the same keyboard.and emoji are included in the keyboard as well
Holy crap, just reinstalled SwiftKey. I'm in love.

I like that Emojis are included. I like the key mapping better as well. I instantly disabled Swype.
 

Jme Saunders

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What are some of the restrictions?

I use Swype. The only issue I have is that the keyboard tends to crash and I'm not a fan of the fact that getting to the Emoji keyboard requires holding down the world button and then fighting with the Apple keyboard to get it to switch to Emoji.

Is SwiftKey better? I tried it a while back and was not impressed either.
I've been using iOS since it was iPhone OS and the keyboard has got better and better. The lack of inline auto correction prompts is a deal breaker for me.

Example of what I mean:

 

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i love Swiftkey. i cant even type with the default keyboard anymore. its so irritating that its always showing capital letters and i can use german, spanish and english without switching keyboard which is great
 

Breadman86

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Gave up on SwiftKey last week actually. Absolutely LOVE it when it works. But so many times, especially when I have it as my default keyboard, it just doesn't even come up on my 6 plus. I try spotlight search and won't even get a keyboard half the time. Or Messages app locks up sometimes with it installed. Really inconvenient and I just got sick of it. If it worked with no bugs I'd re-install it and replace the default keyboard in an instant. It really is a good keyboard, but man do the bugs annoy me.
 

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Gave up on SwiftKey last week actually. Absolutely LOVE it when it works. But so many times, especially when I have it as my default keyboard, it just doesn't even come up on my 6 plus. I try spotlight search and won't even get a keyboard half the time. Or Messages app locks up sometimes with it installed. Really inconvenient and I just got sick of it. If it worked with no bugs I'd re-install it and replace the default keyboard in an instant. It really is a good keyboard, but man do the bugs annoy me.
unfortunately that's a problem on apples part
 

avanpelt

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unfortunately that's a problem on apples part
Bingo.

I think that a vast majority of the problems people have with third-party keyboards are problems that are Apple's responsibility to fix.

Example: I was excited to try Apple Pay on the first day I got the iPhone 6. I downloaded the Wells Fargo "activator" app to finish the Apple Pay activation process with my card which required that I enter the last four digits of my cell phone number.

I tapped on the field to enter the last four digits, the SwiftKey keyboard came up, and I proceeded to enter the digits but they did not appear in the field. I tried and tried. Finally, I got on MR and saw that other people were having the same problem. Turns out the only keyboard that would allow you to enter the text was the default system keyboard. That seems to me that it is Apple's problem to fix because the stock keyboard is able to work in certain situations that third-party keyboards cannot.
 

mfvisuals

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I tried Swype but it crashed to much.
I've had all third party keyboards I've used "crash", but sometimes it is hard to tell if it is crashing or being disabled by an app.

Regardless my main beef with 3rd party keyboards right now is the following:

- The Messages app still occasionally refuses to load the keyboard, regardless of which 3rd party keyboard I'm using at the moment.

- When swiping down in the home screen to get to the Spotlight search, if a 3rd party keyboard is enabled it appears but sort of flashes onto the screen, versus the built-in keyboard that smoothly slides onto the screen.

I don't know if these things are issues with the keyboard API or bugs in iOS but they still persist even in the iOS 8.3 beta. :(

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I downloaded the Wells Fargo "activator" app to finish the Apple Pay activation process with my card which required that I enter the last four digits of my cell phone number.
Slightly off topic, but there was an activator app?

I added my Wells Fargo cards without any additional apps or the standard Wells Fargo app installed.
 

avanpelt

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Slightly off topic, but there was an activator app?

I added my Wells Fargo cards without any additional apps or the standard Wells Fargo app installed.
Yeah, at the beginning of Apple Pay there was a separate WF app that they required you to download in order to activate Apple Pay on your card(s).

It required you to sign into your WF account through the special app, choose the cards that you wanted to associate with Apple Pay (and you couldn't select multiple cards -- you had to activate them one at a time), and then enter the last four digits of your cell number -- or maybe it wanted the full phone number -- can't remember. Anyway, it was a kludgy process.

However, I got new cards from WF a couple weeks ago and I added them to Apple Pay and they were ready to use straight from Passbook without any special WF app required, which was a nice change.
 

szw-mapple fan

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Bingo.

I think that a vast majority of the problems people have with third-party keyboards are problems that are Apple's responsibility to fix.

Example: I was excited to try Apple Pay on the first day I got the iPhone 6. I downloaded the Wells Fargo "activator" app to finish the Apple Pay activation process with my card which required that I enter the last four digits of my cell phone number.

I tapped on the field to enter the last four digits, the SwiftKey keyboard came up, and I proceeded to enter the digits but they did not appear in the field. I tried and tried. Finally, I got on MR and saw that other people were having the same problem. Turns out the only keyboard that would allow you to enter the text was the default system keyboard. That seems to me that it is Apple's problem to fix because the stock keyboard is able to work in certain situations that third-party keyboards cannot.
It's not really a "bug". Apple made it so that you can't use custom keyboards while you're typing sensitive info, like credit cards info or internet passwords. The inconsistency is why I stick with the default keyboard.
 

S G

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i love Swiftkey. i cant even type with the default keyboard anymore. its so irritating that its always showing capital letters and i can use german, spanish and english without switching keyboard which is great
I wish that were true. I love SwiftKey too but my biggest issue is that you can only type two languages at a time, not three... That's unfortunately a limitation for iOS, and there's no good reason why.
 

OneMike

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What are some of the restrictions?

I use Swype. The only issue I have is that the keyboard tends to crash and I'm not a fan of the fact that getting to the Emoji keyboard requires holding down the world button and then fighting with the Apple keyboard to get it to switch to Emoji.

Is SwiftKey better? I tried it a while back and was not impressed either.
Swype caused my messages app to crash all the time. I ended up uninstalling it.
 

star-affinity

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I hope IOS 8.3 makes third-party keyboards work better

As it is now the behaviour is too inconsistent and buggy, like has already been mentioned in this thread. Really like SwiftKey otherwise.
 

gmintz09

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Gave up on SwiftKey last week actually. Absolutely LOVE it when it works. But so many times, especially when I have it as my default keyboard, it just doesn't even come up on my 6 plus. I try spotlight search and won't even get a keyboard half the time. Or Messages app locks up sometimes with it installed. Really inconvenient and I just got sick of it. If it worked with no bugs I'd re-install it and replace the default keyboard in an instant. It really is a good keyboard, but man do the bugs annoy me.
This times a million. Absolutely love the Swiftkey keyboard and would use it as my only keyboard if it wasn't so incredibly buggy on my 6+. I can't even disable the stock keyboard comfortably because half the time Swiftly doesn't show up or it reverts back to the stock keyboard. Incredibly frustrating.