Years after Android, iPhone native keyboard - finally! - gets swipe typing

Years after Android, iPhone native keyboard - finally! - gets swipe typing
For years now, Android users have been enjoying swipe typing on their phones, yet for the native iPhone keyboard this one convenient features was strangely missing.

You could download third-party keyboards on the iPhone that supported the feature, but most of them were just... not quite as good as the native keyboard, so swipe typing was widely perceived to be kind of missing on iPhones.

And now, with iOS 13, swipe typing is coming to the native keyboard app. Finally!

Apple calls the features QuickPath Typing and says that it has used on-device machine learning to make this possible:


This is great news, especially considering that iPhones as early as the iPhone 6s will get iOS 13, which brings the new feature.

Meanwhile, if you don't want to wait until the fall to get the iOS 13 update on your iPhone, you can try third-party keyboards like SwiftKey that supports swipe typing on iPhones right now.

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41 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Still no numerical 5th row, quite annoy if you need type numbers.

32. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Definitely coming on iOS 29....

2. maherk

Posts: 7053; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sure it took them so many years simply because they were perfecting it.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 611; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Been swyping since 2010 & it's been perfect since then.

18. maherk

Posts: 7053; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But it's not as perfect as the one on iOS. I hope you won't miss out on the sarcasm in this comment as well. Smh

29. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It might be sarcasm for us but general people would believe that they actually took time to perfect it.

30. maherk

Posts: 7053; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was imitating Apple fanboys when they claim that whenever Apple is copying other OEMs.

33. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

The real reason is they were searching for better gimmicky name for that feature, all these years...

3. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Never liked swipe , will never use it

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Really? This is IOS Article and IOS never has swipe. Unless 3rd party and it is laggy.

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1437; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Romantico3pe, you forgot to ask cncrim for your opinion - he knows what you like better than you!

4. oldskool50 unregistered

But you still have to switch to another screen to get to the numbers. With the iPhone being the size it is now, there is no excuse anymore for the numbers row ot not be on the top, or even customized so you can have it as the last row.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 611; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

True. I can't stand texting on someone's iPhone & having to hit the numbers button.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good point. I just realised I could toggle a setting and get the numbers row on gboard with Android.

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4381; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They could even use the half inch of completely wasted space under the keyboard on the X versions.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Having a 6.4 inch screen now, I've started using swipe again, before i never used it because i could comfortably type with one hand.

7. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

ROFL " This is great news, especially considering that iPhones as early as the iPhone 6s " ALL androids at that time and even before had this featuer . I guss the author should be happy as an ios since it took to long ( 7 years at least, cmpared to android ) for apple to come with simple featue like sweap . The great inventors

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1437; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You can add swipe keyboard in iOS for years now. Check out sipe keyboards in App Store.

24. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Which were laggy hence no one liked them hence apple released them on the naitve keyboard , while android had dosens which you can choose from from and worked well .

8. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Where are the Apple fans saying "Android stole another feature from Apple"?

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1437; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Stupid post.

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 611; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I love swype gesture typing. Glad this feature is making its way to iOS.

15. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah maybe I'll actually consider using this keyboard for once! lol

16. gendo

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Or, you know, Gboard has been available for a while now for iOS.

17. Picard4president

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 16, 2017

I've had iPhones and Androids and with the size of current phones swipe is almost mandatory if you want to type one hand. I'm a mixed style texter, swipe, tap and voice depending on the situation.

19. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

This is laughable but hey, if you don't t have it, it's new to you. Cheers

21. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

There is no need for swipe gesture. Hardly anyone uses this feature.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4381; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Use it often actually. Almost primarily.

42. Vokilam

Posts: 1437; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You're right, I use mostly dictation!!!

22. wickedwilly

Posts: 772; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Still no number row, how pathetic. I really cannot understand Apples mentality, why hold back it's not exactly difficult to do. Even after IOS 13 Apples mobile operating system is still in the bronze age in many crucial areas.

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