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

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swypeNormally 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 is the most accurate keyboard on the planet. Whether you type or Swype we enable you to input words faster and easier. It learns the way you type so the more you use it, the smarter it gets.

Product Features:
- Incredibly intuitive language models that accurately predict what you type or Swype
- Five beautiful themes - FREE on iPhone.
- Quickly enter symbols, punctuation and capital letters with Swype gestures
- Swype learns how you type. You can tell it to add or remove words from your personal dictionary
- You can Swype on your iPad as well as your iPhone

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]

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77 months ago
BUT I ALREADY BOUGHT IT. DAMMIT.
*sips Starbucks*
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77 months ago
. . . . but I already bought it last week. . . . and didn't even like it.
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77 months ago
Awkward, sluggish, cumbersome... survived 5 minutes on my phone. Glad it was free.
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77 months ago
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:
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77 months ago
Tried it. Didn't like it. Deleted.
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77 months ago
I hate the fact it has a non-standard look to it and there are weird interface quirks when loading the keyboard. Sometimes it doesn't do the slide-up animation / instantly appears. Or the animaton stutters. In all cases it doesn't load as smooth and fast as the build-in keyboard.

IMO the 3rd party keyboard experience on iOS is pretty bad. :mad: <- smiley always reminds me of Cartman lol
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