Apple opened iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad to third party keyboards, and some, including Swype and SwiftKey are very good. Except for one thing. What you type gets sent to a server in the cloud. I’ve used and like SwiftKey. Josh Centers reviews the iOS 8 keyboard conundrum, as well as how to install and use keyboards.
But I don’t trust it. I didn’t trust it on Android, and I don’t trust it on iOS. There are a few reasons for this:
It’s free. On Android, SwiftKey makes money by selling themes and other features through in-app purchases. But those have not arrived on iOS yet. There has also been talk of offering advertisements on the keyboard, though that is expressly forbidden by Apple’s App Store guidelines. In any case, I’m unconvinced by these business models, and I’m less trustful of companies that don’t seem to have a clear, dependable revenue stream.
It’s more insistent about requiring Full Access than any of the other replacement keyboards I’ve tried, to the point that it’s practically unusable without it.
It “helpfully” offers to scan my Facebook and Gmail accounts to learn my writing style. Creepy. No thank you.