iOS After ignoring the third-party keyboard for years, Apple has finally added support for them with the iOS 8 update. The development witnessed the arrival of popular keyboard such as SwiftKey, Gboard, Fleksy, etc. on the App Store. At the same time, Apple continued to add more functions to the default iOS keyboard. And yet, it still misses out on one basic function called Haptic feedback.
iPhone loyalists won’t notice it, but the folks coming from Android will surely roll over eyes while typing on the default keyboard. The exclusion is surprising as Apple uses one of the best vibration motors in the industry. Thankfully, some of the third-party keyboards from the App Store support the haptic feedback.
1. GBOARD BY GOOGLE
With Gboard, Android users will feel right at home on iOS. The settings, layout, and the theme selection is identical to its Android counterpart.
Google has added support for the haptic feedback on Gboard. You can switch-on the toggle by going into Settings > Enable haptic feedback on key press, and flicking the option on. It supports more than fifty languages. Gboard is full of fun elements. It integrates emojis, stickers, GIFs, and even integrates hand-writing recognition with a built-in drawing board.
2. SWIFTKEY BY MICROSOFT
As a part of their ‘Mobile-first, cloud-first’ strategy, Microsoft purchased the popular SwiftKey keyboard. Right after the takeover, the company made all the paid themes available for free. Speaking of haptic feedback, the company recently added support for it in the latest update.
It’s disabled by the default; you need to go to Settings and enable key haptic feedback option. The feature list consists of all the bells and whistles, including emoji, GIF support, and my favorite clipboard add-on. You can add some of your most used sentences or words in the clipboard section for easy access.
3. GRAMMARLY KEYBOARD
The popular grammar checker web tool finally released its keyboard app on iOS and Android. As the name suggests, Grammarly’s prime selling point is the best-in-class grammar and spelling checker.
It’s an essential tool for those who want to avoid embarrassing grammatical mistakes. The company has added support for haptic feedback on key press. Go to settings and enable the toggle to feel the keys while typing. The language support is strictly limited to English. You can only select from American, Australian, British, and Canadian English.
LIMITATIONS OF A THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARD
These third-party keyboards do come with some disadvantages with iOS. For example, you can’t use them when replying from the lock screen. Similarly, when typing a password, the system will revert to the default iOS keyboard. These are not exactly deal breakers, but they spoil the overall typing experience on the iPhone.
Also, those using the older models of iPhone with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, I would advise you to stay away from any third-party keyboard as the system occasionally kill them in the background and pop-up the default one.
There are a couple of advantages of using the Apple keyboard. It nicely integrates with iCloud and other third-party password managers. The app also offers a built-in trackpad to move curser. Hold on the spacebar and it transforms the whole keyboard into a giant trackpad and lets you edit files on the go.
TYPE LIKE A PRO
Haptic feedback is something I appreciate while typing. I hope Apple adds the function in the iOS 14 update. Until then, I will keep using the options from the App Store. Right now, I’ve settled for the SwiftKey. What about you? Sound off in the comments.