TouchType: Once again, an iPhone developer does Apple’s job

Seriously, Apple, we’re just as excited as you are about the upcoming laptop refresh but you’re a pretty big company, no? You must have enough employees to handle the MacBook lines and the iPhone at the same time. Has the iPhone development team been pulled away from their work to shovel bricks of aluminum onto a conveyor belt? Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty clear that the Apple’s iPhone developers are busy not attending to the various issues iPhone users have been complaining about since the release of Apple’s first generation handset. In the meantime, third-party developers are doing their best to sneak by Apple’s hit or miss App Store standards and solve some real problems. TouchType, a new app courtesy of Mike Schneider, addresses the iPhone’s painful lack of a landscape keyboard when it comes to typing out emails. No, it is most certainly not an ideal solution as Apple doesn’t allow developers to effectively interface with OEM apps, but it is most certainly better than nothing. In a nutshell, TouchType presents users with a simple landscape text entry screen. Bang out your message more comfortably (with two fingers!), tap the send button and TouchType populates a new email with your text. Then simply choose your recipients and send away. Of course the app is useless when it comes to replies and such but by no fault of the developer. To snag this app at the extremely reasonable price of 99¢, search the app store or hit the iTunes link before Apple pulls it without warning.

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