Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute With the New NinType Keyboard for iOS

Third-party keyboards like Swype and Fleksy promise to make typing on iPhones and iPads faster with features like predictive text and swiping, but new third-party keyboard NinType goes even further, combining taps, swipes, and shortcuts to allow users to type more than 100 words per minute.

Created by app developer Yose Widjaja, NinType's magic comes from its ability to support two-handed swipe-based gestures for spelling out words. Using two thumbs, it's possible to use a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly.


The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference.

NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that's designed to walk users through all of the app's features, and it is deeply customizable with a top bar that can be arranged to a user's liking, different visual effects, extensive shortcut options, and settings for nearly every aspect of the keyboard. There are a number of handy gestures in NinType, including a swipe on the spacebar to move the cursor, a swipe on the backspace key to quickly delete words, edge slides for inserting punctuation, and flick to autocomplete. NinType does not require users to enable full access.

MacRumors went hands-on with the NinType keyboard to show off how it works and to highlight some key features like themes and the ability to easily insert emoji. NinType also includes features like a built-in calculator, support for multiple languages, a tool for counting words typed per minute, and a "word transformer" mode for stylizing the words that you type.


Like most iOS 8 keyboards, NinType occasionally experiences some hiccups that cause it to fail to show up at times, but this appears to be more of an issue with iOS than with NinType itself. Aside from that, we ran into a few crashing problems during our time testing the keyboard, but the developer has been hard at work pushing updates and resolving any lingering issues.

NinType is available for both the iPhone and the iPad and can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

photoneffect Avatar
124 months ago
You clearly have to be Asian to wield this sort of power.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleGuesser Avatar
124 months ago
Full-Access required?

Bust for me if yes.

Glassed Silver:mac

Why do people freak out over this? It's not a big deal. It's not full access to your nude photos or something.

The bigger crime is 5 bucks for the app. Without a free trial, it's hard to drop 5 bucks on something I might try and not like. Keyboards are tricky and very personal, if it's good, the app is definitely worth the money. Otherwise it's a huge gamble.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
124 months ago
had the pleasure of beta testing this.

FYI:
if the keyboard doesn't appear when you are trying to type into a textbox, don't blame the developer, that's all on Apple.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tennisproha Avatar
124 months ago
Jesus. It looks like you're summoning aliens from the cosmos. Sweet.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Small White Car Avatar
124 months ago
Dear god. When they said you won't have to look at the keyboard they really meant you CAN'T look at the keyboard without having a seizure.

Honest question: What purpose do the disco rave lights serve? They said you aren't even looking at the keyboard so what the heck is all that noise even for?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ken Kaniff Avatar
124 months ago
Call me crazy, but I'm over all of this 'third party keyboard' stuff.

I've tried a few, and I always did love Swype on my old android phones.. But anymore I just want to use the stock iOS keyboard. It works well. No unnecessary frills, no confusion.

I could get into a keyboard that just reads my thoughts but really, I'd hope humanity becomes extinct before we have to put up with that and the glaring potential issues involved with it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)