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What's New in iOS 8: QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards

What's New in iOS 8: QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards

Posted June 4, 2014 at 6:02am by iClarified · 32187 views
Apple has introduced a new feature in iOS 8 called QuickType that aims to predict the words or phrases that you will probably type next.

QuickType uses your past conversations and writing style for its suggestions. It takes into account a more casual typing style you might use in Messages and a more formal language you'll likely use in Mail. It even adjusts based on the person you are talking to.

For example, when starting a new conversation in Messages, QuickType will display the words you might start a new sentence with. ie "The", "I", or "I'm". Tap "I'm" and you will get a word commonly used next. ie. "so", "not", or "at". Tap "at" and you'll be presented with additional words that commonly follow, such as "work", "the", "least".


What's New in iOS 8: QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards

Notice how the word suggestions are tailored to the recipient and the topic of the conversation. If someone asks you a question, iOS 8 automatically recognizes this and offers you the ability to answer "Yes" or "No".
What's New in iOS 8: QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards

QuickType will initially offer predictive text in 14 countries. Those include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Third-Party Keyboards:
Another major improvement is support for third-party keyboards. Apple is opening up the keyboard to developers meaning that you will soon be able to choose your favorite input method or layout systemwide.


The keyboards run inside a restricted sandbox by default with no network access. If that keyboards wants access to the network it can ask you to grant that access. iOS 8 will warn you that full access allows the developer to transmit anything you type, including things you have previously typed with the keyboard.

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gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - June 4, 2014 at 5:10pm
This update is ios 8 because first off 7.5 means just improvements, not adding extra, that's exactly what apple featured for us, don't care, then don't gimmick about it, like the revies say, ios continues to be popular and users grow because new mind blowing stuff always goes to it, your point it more than invalid than it sounds, where did the easy way of understanding this go from you? Were you even awake when seeing this? BTW if it were 7.5, ios 7.1.1 would add up to 7.1.9 then 7.2.1 and so forth but what sense does it make like that anyway.
BarkMenson
BarkMenson - June 4, 2014 at 7:08pm
This was one of the biggest releases in iOS history and still you moan
juan
juan - June 4, 2014 at 2:57pm
quicktype doesn't seem to appear on my iphone 5, just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this?
Bjorn
Bjorn - June 5, 2014 at 12:30pm
It´s the same for me on my iphone 5, can´t swipe the menu visible either, anyone else with this issue?
AppleGuy299
AppleGuy299 - June 4, 2014 at 1:53pm
I just like 3rd party keyboard so maybe someone would make one that's dark, like when you enter in your Apple ID password
2a28c4e
2a28c4e - June 4, 2014 at 1:17pm
I know I also sound like a fanboy but I'm not. I give credit where it belongs. I think that Family Share is awesome and it was a great idea! But thus whole innovative keyboard stuff is all BS!
lepaka
lepaka - June 4, 2014 at 11:27am
thank you for your answer, i am proud to know that not all the people thinks the same way, the blue will continue to have chance to get over the red:) do you know how long time a company needs from the 1st scretch on the table until they get a new produt on the store? just to get an idea, a very known product by the name Coca-Cola, when you buy a bottle on the shelf from your nearby groceries strore today, this same bottle started to be produced 14 month ago and it is a product running in serial. do you imagine how long before Apple is thinking and renovationg the Mac Pro as they kick out the sales at begining this year. put that date between 3 to 4 years back then you know it. with software this new iOS 7 and Mavericks minimum 2 years back of its launch date was kicked out, the "not reach targets" from those versions will be completed in the new version of this year iOS8 and Yosemite, to avoid errors and problems as they had on the first Maps release Apple will complete the iOS with OSX integration in 2 steps. everthing that comes out still this year was initiated by Steve and his team still. the problem i point out comes with a lack of new features, features that can makes us desire to buy new hardware because it deserves our money. all my Macs inventory (iPad, Macbooks, Mac Mini, Airports, iPod ...) is dated from 2011, except iPhones are newer, i dont get entusiastic to replace them, simply there is no reason to.
Tologos
Tologos - June 4, 2014 at 10:25am
Hello? Finally! This is exactly what SwiftKey is on Android. U barely have to type words. The prediction is THAT good. But to present it like some kinda innovative thing is ridiculous. Android has been supporting third party keyboards since the beginning. That's why it has awesome keyboards like Swype and SwiftKey, as well as many more.
927c789
927c789 - June 4, 2014 at 1:09pm
I came into the comments sections knowing I would find this exact comment. And ofcourse it is the first one. I agree with you all the way.
bla
bla - June 4, 2014 at 7:03am
sorry but quicktype looks like android I just switched back to ios why apple don't you even redesign it
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - June 4, 2014 at 10:36am
They just did since iOS 7 but if you want customization, it does have dark mode but just jailbreak.
87ddbd3
87ddbd3 - June 4, 2014 at 1:11pm
I still can't believe that people stand by a phone so much to talk about how great it is, but in order for it to be such a great phone you have to hack it. Just switch to android and save yourself some time in your life.
DANNYRT
DANNYRT - June 4, 2014 at 6:30am
My quick respond doesn't work on alerts or banners. Just on the lock screen.
Marcelo
Marcelo - June 4, 2014 at 6:24am
anyone have problem with quicktype ? mine is now not showing anymore
Ammad
Ammad - June 4, 2014 at 6:52am
You must have swiped it down. If you can see the grey line right above the keyboard, you can swipe it up to unhide. Hope that helps.
Marcelo
Marcelo - June 4, 2014 at 1:23pm
thank you it works
6italia0
6italia0 - June 4, 2014 at 6:08am
I remember using this on my old iPhone 4 a few years ago and got tired of using it on my 4s, just never really cared enough about it, but this has been round since iOS 3 (just sayin). But this will be cool to try out on stock ios but altkeyboard2 will do for now.
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