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iOS 8 finally brings smarter keyboard features

Updated 9 years ago
Published Jun 2nd, 2014 2:04PM EDT
iOS 8 Features: QuickType

Apple on Monday at WWDC 2014, unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC 2014, its next major mobile operating system. One of the iOS 8 features highlighted during the keynote was apple’s new QuickType, which finally brings smarter keyboard features to iPhone and iPad.

In iOS 8, Apple finally supports predictive suggestions, which should help users type faster messages and emails on their smartphones and tablets. The keyboard will guess the next words users want to type, based on what they’re currently writing and offer predictions in similar fashion to many Android keyboard apps.

Apple said that its QuickType keyboard will get better in time, as it’s able to learn from the user’s habits. Furthermore, QuickType will be able to adapt to the kind of language used by an iPhone or iPad owner with a certain contact, suggesting the appropriate kind of word based on that particular type of conversation. But at the same time, the iOS 8 keyboard app should protect the user’s privacy.

QuickType will support a variety of languages as well, Apple revealed on stage, but it won’t support any swipe-to-type features like keyboard apps from competing platforms.

However, unlike previous iOS 7 versions, iOS 8 will support third-party keyboards.

For the latest breaking news from Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote, visit our WWDC 2014 hub!

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.