'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Normally priced at $0.99, Swype is one of the new third-party keyboard apps that was released alongside iOS 8, Apple's newest operating system that enabled systemwide third-party keyboards for the first time.

    Swype, from Nuance Communications, is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to drag their fingers from key to key in order to create words quickly. The keyboard features a built-in predictive text engine that is able to determine what's being typed, and it offers predictive punctuation to further speed up typing. As Apple's App of the Week, the keyboard will be available at no cost for the next seven days.
    Swype, which has long been available on Android, also offers several different themes for custom looks and it will learn from its users to become more intelligent over time, offering improved text prediction capabilities.

    In the App Store since September 17, Swype has proven to be one of the most popular third-party keyboards, garnering thousands of downloads. Swype is one of the few keyboards that does not require full access to an iPhone or iPad to function, but that also means it's a slight bit more limited than other offerings, not offering cloud backups and syncing at this time.

    Ahead of going free, the app was updated on November 4 to add 21 additional languages, intelligent emoji support, an improved iPad layout, customizable keyboard layouts, and more.

    Swype can be downloaded from the App Store for free for the next week. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    *sips Starbucks*
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Bought it too. Of course it's only $0.99 but I will hold out next time.
  4. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
  5. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Thoughts on swype vs swift?

    I've tried swift on my 6+, but ultimately didn't like it much, because it's difficult to swipe across the entire screen one handed.
  6. DarkCole macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2013
    This is awesome, and I definitely already downloaded.

    Just needs to be ironed out more before I use any third party keyboard, doesn't "feel" that good yet with the bugs I've encountered.
  7. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I think SwiftKey is much better.
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Aw come on I paid $0.99 for the piece of ****.
  9. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    . . . . but I already bought it last week. . . . and didn't even like it.
  10. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Tried it already. Kind of cool, but just not good enough for me to use as the "daily driver" keyboard. The iPhone default keyboard and predictions got a lot better also. Just my opinion, though.
  11. Agent-J macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2014
    I downloaded it the day I updated my phone to iOS8. I love swype.

    But I would love it even more if the stupid messages app didn't freeze-crash nearly every time I try to use it! :mad: :mad: :mad:
  12. lienhart macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2013
    I have SwiftKey right now. What's the difference?
  13. DocPenguin macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    I've been using SwiftKey since the iOS 8 launch and find accuracy when swiping is decent, but far from perfect. I just loaded up Swype and my early thoughts are that it's accuracy is quite a bit better. I've been testing by switching back and forth between the two and typing the same sentence.

    On another note, I also like that Swype does not require 'full access' to function while SwiftKey does.

    I'm going to make Swype my default for now and see how it goes.
  14. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    Coming from Windows Phone, I found Swype on iPad to be horrendous in comparison. Inaccurate, buggy as hell, and just overall bad. Removed it immediately. Waste of 99 cents.
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    In what way(s)?
  16. DocPenguin macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    I'd give it another shot. Both Swype and SwiftKey have had multiple updates since their initial releases on iOS. I can't speak for Swype, but I've been using SwiftKey since launch, and it's gotten better with each release. I'm also trying out Swype now.
  17. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    It's good enough that I'm going to use it a while before I judge. Not hard to get used to at all, for me. It's got some really great features, and some rough edges too. I think for the smallest iPhone keyboard it might just make me faster! We'll see.

    There are some words it just WILL NOT type, even though they're plain English. (Example: "armadillo" always becomes "Amarillo" as in Texas.) But you can give up and just tap them out, and you can customize the dictionary. I'm assuming this will prove a minor annoyance.

    Doesn't seem to need full access either, despite what I expected from the tutorial.
  18. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I'm still happy with the system default, but may try it since it's free.
  19. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    I love Swype and gladly paid for it but iOS8 is still too buggy causing Swype issues, making it a less than enjoyable experience for me. I'm hoping 8.1.1 addresses this.
  20. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009

    Speed, and it learns your frequently typed words very quickly. IMO the design is much better too.
  21. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I can't handle typing with a swipe but I use swiftkey for the work perdition. that is great it has emails and such. when I send myself emails at night it pops up with my email with no typing at all. I once typed "cry a river build a bridge and get the ******* over it" with only two letters typed total.
  22. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    Of course. I bought it two days ago but hey, it was $.99 so that's nothing.

    Works pretty much as expected. I did have to force close FaceBook earlier to get my keyboard to popup to post a reply. Other than that, runs good on my Retina Mini and 5S.
  23. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    just wait until jormy's nintype comes out as a third party keyboard. been beta testing it and it's pretty awesome.
  24. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Is that when using swiping with it or without it?
  25. mac 2005 macrumors 6502a

    mac 2005

    Apr 1, 2005
    This app has serious usability problems. The keyboard suddenly stops working and intermittently throws in capital letters in the middle of words -- when none is requested and none makes sense. It also suggests obscure words instead of the more likely word.

    I type "love," for example, and very often get "lOve," if I'm lucky. After several tries, I spell it manually -- defeating the purpose of this app.

    I love Swype on my Galaxy S4 but not on my iPhone 6.

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