Microsoft today released an update for SwiftKey that includes a handful of new features including emoji prediction and enhancements to 3D Touch gestures.

Users who tap on the emoji key will now see a new prediction panel that automatically suggests up to 18 relevant emoji depending on what they type, saving them the trouble of searching through the entire list.

ios new themes fan SM B
The update also includes eight new "Oxygen" themes adding up to a spectrum of vibrant colors for SwiftKey keyboards. The new hues can be found in the Design section of the app and include Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, and Pink.

In addition, Microsoft said it had made substantial improvements to the responsiveness of 3D Touch gestures in SwiftKey on supporting iPhones, including those that trigger cursor control and cursor movement. Haptic feedback has also been implemented for some keyboard actions, such as opening the emoji panel.

Lastly, SwiftKey added support for 15 new languages including Egyptian Arabic, Tanglish, Bambara, Wolof, Mossi, Greenlandic, and Northern Sami. See here for the full list.

SwiftKey is a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

69Mustang Avatar
52 months ago
Yes it is currently listed as a warning under Third Party Keyboards setting under General settings on iOS.

There's no way in hell im using a third party keyboard, specially from Microsoft or Google, who value my privacy like pedophiles value innocence...
Wouldn't it serve you better to know what Swiftkey does instead of perpetuating an unsubstantiated idea that using it opens you up to a nefarious privacy plot by Microsoft? I assume you to be an intelligent person who values knowledge over speculation. I mean, why guess when you can easily find out exactly what they do?
https://support.swiftkey.com/hc/en-us/articles/201466641-Why-does-SwiftKey-need-Full-Access-
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tgara Avatar
52 months ago
If my understanding is correct, Once using a third party keyboard, one opens up a security hole.
That's my question too, it used to be the developer had acces to all what you typed on this keyboard, is this still the case?
Yes it is currently listed as a warning under Third Party Keyboards setting under General settings on iOS.

There's no way in hell im using a third party keyboard, specially from Microsoft or Google, who value my privacy like pedophiles value innocence...
Each keyboard you add will have a switch in the settings that either allow or deny "Full Access". In some cases, Full Access returns what you've typed to the developer. I've turned those off for the several keyboards I've added to my iPad and iPhone.

My biggest gripe about all these third party keyboards is that Apple does not allow access to the microphone when using these apps. This is an Apple problem, not a developer problem. I use dictation all the time, so that is a big let down for me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cronbo Avatar
52 months ago
That's my question too, it used to be the developer had acces to all what you typed on this keyboard, is this still the case?
Yes it is currently listed as a warning under Third Party Keyboards setting under General settings on iOS.

There's no way in hell im using a third party keyboard, specially from Microsoft or Google, who value my privacy like pedophiles value innocence...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wide opeN Avatar
52 months ago
Firstly, thanks for the article and news update, as this is the keyboard I use.

Secondly, am I reading this right!? Microsoft!? Since when do they own SwiftKey!?

Thirdly, I've had SwiftKey installed since 3rd party keyboards were allowed and love it!!! This seems like it makes the app even better!!!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
52 months ago
Yeah because Microsoft hasn't put in back doors on their software before... And of course they're going tell you they did and put it on a webpage if they did?
In their own words:
"That warning message (which is displayed before a user allows Full Access) is there to make sure you are aware of what is technically possible before making a decision about whether to trust the developer of a keyboard extension."

You can trust whomever you want, but the FACT remains, it's a security hole. Good luck with that... make sure to type all your passwords using a third party keyboard....


Pretty sure if Swiftkey was doing anything close to what you imply Apple would kick them out of the App Store forthwith. But hey, it makes more sense for me to believe your unsupported accusations instead of trusting Apple to ensure devs are doing what they claim.

By your definition of security hole, every app on the App Store is a security hole since they can all hypothetically change things behind the scene. Security consciousness is a good thing. Unfounded and unsubstantiated implications under the guise of security is not.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jhfenton Avatar
52 months ago
Meh. I was excited when I saw emoji prediction, but it still requires you to switch to an emoji keyboard to see their predictions. Until they offer inline emoji prediction (e.g. xoxo = blowing kiss emoji) like the Apple keyboards, Swiftkey's few advantages aren't enough.

Apple and Swiftkey both need to figure out how to handle 3 simultaneous languages (e.g. English, French, and Spanish), ideally with context recognition.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

AirPods Pro Beta Firmware

AirPods Pro Beta Firmware Now Available

Wednesday July 21, 2021 6:50 am PDT by
Upcoming AirPods Pro firmware updates are now available to Apple Developer Program members as beta versions. AirPods Pro firmware beta one features FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction. Custom Transparency mode, including Conversation Boost, was initially expected to be included in the beta but appears to have been delayed for a later version. Apple made the announcement...
maxresdefault

Apple Music to Livestream Premiere of Kanye West's New Album 'Donda' on Thursday

Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:49 am PDT by
Apple Music on Thursday will host a global livestream for the premiere of Kanye West's tenth studio album, titled "Donda." The sold-out event will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, and Apple Music's livestream will start at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The livestream was revealed in a Beats Studio Buds ad that aired during the NBA Finals. The ad features U.S. track...
General Apps Messages

All Three Major U.S. Carriers and Google Adopt Rich Communication Services, But No Sign of Apple Interest

Tuesday July 20, 2021 1:15 pm PDT by
For the last several years, Google has been pushing a new communications protocol called Rich Communication Services, or RCS. RCS is designed to replace SMS, the current text message standard, and it offers support for higher resolution photos and videos, audio messages, bigger file sizes, better encryption, improved group chat, and more. Verizon today announced that it is planning to adopt...
ios wifi settings

Apple Confirms iOS 14.7 Fixes WiFi Bug and Many Other Vulnerabilities

Wednesday July 21, 2021 11:38 am PDT by
Following the release of iPadOS 14.7 this morning, Apple has shared details on the security updates that are included in iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, macOS Big Sur 11.5, watchOS 7.6, and tvOS 14.7, all of which came out this week. Notably, Apple's documentation confirms that the iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 updates address a WiFi-related vulnerability that could impact iOS devices when joining a...
macOS Malware Feature

Common Windows Malware Can Now Infect Macs

Wednesday July 21, 2021 8:13 am PDT by
A common form of malware on Windows systems has been modified into a new strain called "XLoader" that can also target macOS (via Bleeping Computer). Derived from the Formbook info-stealer for Windows, XLoader is a form of cross-platform malware advertised as a botnet with no dependencies. It is used to steal login credentials, capture screenshots, log keystrokes, and execute malicious files. ...
macOS Big Sur Feature Orange

Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.5 With Podcast App Updates and Bug Fixes

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:15 am PDT by
Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.5, the fifth major update to the macOS Big Sur operating system that launched in November 2020. macOS Big Sur 11.5 comes two months after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.4. The new ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. macOS Big Sur...
idos 2 app ios

Apple to Pull 'iDOS 2' DOS Emulator From App Store

Thursday July 22, 2021 3:22 pm PDT by
iDOS 2, an app designed to allow users to play classic DOS games, will soon be pulled from the App Store, the app's creator said today. According to iDOS developer Chaoji Li, he tried to submit an iDOS update with bug fixes to the App Store, but was told that the update was rejected because it violated the 2.5.2 App Store guideline that says apps cannot install or launch executable code.Durin...
airpods 3 gizmochina Feature

AirPods 3 Rumored to Launch Alongside iPhone 13 at Expected September Event

Friday July 23, 2021 12:54 am PDT by
The third-generation AirPods will likely launch at the same event revealing Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, according to a report from DigiTimes, which makes the claim citing sources familiar with the matter. The report as a whole echoes previous reporting that production of the third-generation AirPods will kickstart in August, meaning a launch shortly after can be easily expected. DigiTi...
iPad mini pro feature

Next-Generation iPad Mini Will Reportedly Feature a Mini-LED Display

Thursday July 22, 2021 9:03 am PDT by
Apple is widely rumored to be planning a new iPad mini with a significant redesign, including a larger 8.5-inch to 9-inch display with slimmer bezels, a Touch ID power button instead of a home button, a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector, and more. According to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report today, the sixth-generation iPad mini will also feature a mini-LED display:BLU...
airpods 3 gizmochina Feature teal

AirPods 3 Mass Production Said to Kick Off in August

Tuesday July 20, 2021 8:40 pm PDT by
Mass production of the third-generation AirPods will kick off in August, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. They will reportedly join a number of other products such as the iPhone 13 lineup and redesigned MacBook Pro models as launches coming before the end of the year. Renderings of rumored third-generation AirPods design Rumored launch dates for the third-generation AirPods have...