From the time when Apple CEO Tim Cook exposed that the company would give third party developers more access to iOS’ APIs, it has unbolted the potentials for features that was profoundly absent in the operating system. Apple has kept tight control over this as it wants to confirm its customers have a completely stable operating system and a smooth and seamless user experience.
Back in April, it was stated that the standard Android keyboard replacement Swype had confirmed that it had a meeting with Apple which further dropped a hint that Apple was beginning to loosen the sways on what’s possible in iOS. Two of Android’s most downloaded applications are keyboard replacements – Swype and Swiftkey offer users advanced features.
A per sources, producers of the SwiftKey keyboard app can replace the stock keyboard on Android smartphones and tablets. “It’s great they are thinking in that way. That’s very different from the message we would have gotten a year ago,” said TouchType marketing Chief Joe Braidwood in an interview.
Furthermore, he added the most apparent API for Apple to open up would be the keyboard, since in his opinion it’s iOS’ utmost weakness. When asked how long it would take to port SwiftKey to iOS, he held that developers await to see what Apple announces on Monday at WWDC 2013.
If Apple fixes keyboard replacement apps, it is probable that Swype will be the first to be offered, since the company confirmed it met with Apple months ago.