Apple opened the floodgates of its closed ecosystem when it introduced the option for third-party stock apps in iOS 8, resulting in a scramble with big names like SwiftKey to appear in the App Store
. Besides those tried-and-true warriors that arrived from Android, a few devs are even coming up with their own unique takes on what a virtual keyboard should be.
One such app is the new EZ ABC keyboard by indie devs Peter and Benita Schontag, who have unleashed the first version of their custom keyboard for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, running iOS 8 and above. EZ ABC has three separate screens, displaying the letters on the first, but in their alphabetical order, not a QWERTY or another type of layout that was created with physical keyboards in mind. The next screen is numbers with mathematical notations, and the other is symbols, separating these distinct categories well, and making them easier to find. There is a three-tap access to all characters on the keyboard, and its users can also return to the alphanumeric layout automatically after entering a punctuation character, so you don't need to change screen sections all the time.
“We wanted to make it easier for users to enter text, numbers, and special characters, so Benita and I designed the EZ ABC Keyboard for ease and efficiency of use,” says the creator Peter Schontag. “The keyboard is laid out in alphabetic order, as opposed to the traditional QWERTY layout, and this will lead to faster and more accurate text entry by users, especially first timers, such as children.” Want to try for yourself? Hit the source link below for the EZ ABC keyboard app.
|Developer: Peter Schontag||Download: iOS|
|Category: Utilities||Price: $1.99|