‘iOS 8, Accessibility, and Third-Party Keyboards’

Steven Aquino for MacStories:

The second problem with Apple’s implementation of third-party keyboards is they don’t have all the bells and whistles that the system keyboard does. To wit: no access to dictation or autocorrect; neither do they have access to the tap-and-hold-the-globe-button gesture to switch between keyboards. As well, switching from a light to dark keyboard for day/night, and using the UIKit blur effect is also disallowed by Apple.

All in all, the limitations that Apple imposes on developers rolling their own keyboards make them less attractive to customers.

Fascinating article. I hope Apple loosens its grip on the keyboards. Till then, developers can’t make the experience users truly want.