Apple takes a leaf from Google's book, adds contextual prediction to the keyboard in iOS 8

Apple takes a leaf from Google's book, adds contextual prediction to the keyboard in iOS 8
One of the several new features that were stressed upon during the unveiling of iOS 8 at the WWDC is the new keyboard, named QuickType. It comes with predictive suggestions and is touted as being able to guess the next word you'd want to input. All in all, this new functionality seems quite similar to the ones in Google's own Android keyboard, LG's new Smart Keyboard, and some popular 3rd party ones, such as SwiftKey, GO Keyboard, Swype, TouchPal X, Fleksy, and many more... 

Still, Apple's QuickType will learn your typing habits on the device and won't do it from the cloud. It was said that this is being done in order to protect the privacy of the user. 

iOS 8 will also support 3rd party keyboards, so it will be rather hot on the iOS keyboard front this fall.

We are more than eager to test out QuickType and see how it fares against its cross platform rivals. You can check out some images of iOS 8's QuickType in the gallery below. You can also see what the refreshed version of Apple's OS has in tow for us here.


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36 Comments

1. shead202

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

They took more than that, this basically introduced Kit Kat iOS 8 today

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And if google take anything from ios apple will bring a law suit... "why google copied? we are the only one permitted to copy"

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They just brought half a decade of innovation to iOS today.

14. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

yup... windows phone had contextual type prediction from day 1... great catch up

30. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

These features were available on WP and WM before they came to Android.

32. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

That's true, especially after you had to pull the battery out in order to unlock (unfreeze the screen) these features...lol

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I like iOS 8 and its flexibility tbh. I see myself using an iPad pretty soon.

12. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

well, your name and profile picture says it all. Nokia. Dinosaurs and now Apple. lmao.

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nothing changed, i'll stay with Windows Phone.

22. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Windows Phone is way better than ios anyways ...

26. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Better in what terms? No notification bar? popular apps? I think ios and android as much superior than windows phone.

27. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You mean action center in Windows phone 8.1

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Haha, amazing, Apple, just amazing. And the iFans will just know it that Apple invented this.

5. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Haha, amazing, Apple, just amazing. And the iFans will just know it that Apple invented this.

6. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wow....I didn't know that this was not present on iPhone (because I never used one)...... and apple call the iPhone best smartphone ever made....

8. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

android features everywhere....

9. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Apple is now a follower, no longer a leader. Copying Android all the way. No new revolutionary innovation from Cupertino anymore.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. This reminds me.......I just said a few weeks ago Apple is no longer trend setters.....this is even more proof of that. Nice for the iPhone users that wanted more customization without jailbreak. But Apple is going to stay playing catch up for a few years....I cant see what else they can do to be leaders anymore. Unless its some wild gimmick. Maybe announce 3D now that its died down in Android land.

33. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Thats actually true and after reading so many Apple Fanboys' comments, I felt that Apple users are actual unaware that these features/technology has existed for more than 4-5 yrs. And they have only come to know about it now in 2014 and start thinking that Apple has innovated & created something "NEW".. Poor Apple users.... They have missed so much over these yrs... Actually happy for iFans.. Now they may get what they pay ($$$) for..

10. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Still, Apple's QuickType will learn your typing habits on the device and won't do it from the cloud. This is being done in order to protect the privacy of the user. Kudos, Apple!" Phonearena at it best, Apple protecting our privacy? Lmao

11. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Looks like Samsung is in for another lawsuit over their predictive keyboard that has shipped with Samsung devices for years, but somehow still copied it from Apple.

34. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Samsung went into the future in time machine and copied the Apple features... & btw.. That time machine was also made by Apple..

13. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

this so helpful, not a gimmick. Not at all.

15. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I seeeee copied featuressss.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

With the latest announcement of Siri voice activation, Apple has come from talking a page from Android's book to grabbing the whole book and running out the store without paying.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

With the latest announcement of Siri voice activation, Apple has come from talking a page from Android's book to grabbing the whole book and running out the store without paying.

19. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wth? Seems like all announcements today by Apple are just copycat features... Every one of them has been done on other platforms. What a disgrace Apple has become.

20. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

It's funny how the comments continually reference "iFans", yet all I see here are people bashing one platform and praising another. Where are these iFans that you guys seems to despise so much? What makes you any "better" than them based on the content of YOUR posts?

23. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

iFans are the people who would be yelling that Android stole these features if Apple had them first, yet have no issue with Apple taking ideas from others (and in extreme cases they have no issue with Apple trying to patent the ideas they took from others and using those patents against the originators) But yes, there are idiots on both sides.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Where are these iFans that you guys seems to despise so much? " Most are lurking in silence, reading in silence....because they have nothing to say today. In a few weeks they will be back.

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