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Swype arrives for iOS 8

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The popular Swype soft keyboard is now available for iPads and iPhones running the new version of iOS.

One of the complaints about iOS has been the way users have been stuck with Apple's keyboard implementation.

That wasn't necessarily a bad thing. A rogue keyboard could easily exfiltrate everything you type - including usernames and passwords - so it is especially important that the software comes from a reliable and trustworthy source.

But Nuance's Swype 'continuous touch' keyboard has its fans, drawn by the way it allows the fingertip to zig-zag from key to key in place of the traditional 'tap-tap' action.

Another benefit is predictive text, with the added advantage of learning the user's vocabulary and phrasing.

So when Apple finally gave way and made provision for third-party keyboards in iOS 8, it wasn't surprising that Swype was one of the first to appear in the App Store.

"The keyboard is perhaps the most used feature on a phone, so it has to be intuitive, fast, and of course, it has to deliver incredibly high accuracy," said Nuance Communications senior vice president for Asia Pacific Jason Stirling.

"These have long been the guiding principles behind Swype - the original continuous touch innovation that changed the way people input text on a mobile keyboard, and gave rise to the era of keyboard choice.

"With iOS 8, anyone can now experience the power of Swype on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch."

English, French, Italian, German and Spanish are supported, "with more on the way," according to Nuance officials.

Swype is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the introductory price of $1.29.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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