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Rant: iOS and and Third Party Keyboards

 

iOS 10 third party keyboardsThird party keyboards were introduced as app extensions two years ago in iOS 8, and I was really excited by the prospect of getting to use long-standing Android keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype on iOS. Unfortunately, these other keyboards were nearly unusable when they launched. I think part of it was that developers were still getting used to how to develop input software for iOS, but the lion’s share of the blame seemed to lie with iOS just handling this new kind of extension very badly.

Keyboards could very slow to load in different apps, and they would reliably crash as you switched between chats in iMessage — which just landed you back in the default iOS QuickType keyboard.

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