In addition to launching a redesigned version on Android, Fleksy today has given us a first look at its upcoming keyboard offering for Apple’s iOS 8. iOS 8 launches this fall with several new iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch features, including the ability for developers to launch custom system-wide keyboards. Fleksy previously announced that it is working on a keyboard for iOS 8 and has opened up signups for a beta, but today the company provided us with the first images and some new details…
First, the developer tell us that it plans to release the keyboard for both iPhone and iPad on iOS 8’s launch date bearing any unforeseen circumstances. “We’re racing to make it the best product for fall,” the company told us today. As of right now, the keyboard is not yet in beta, but the company says that is getting closer to beta and working on the logistics of distributing the keyboard for this testing phase. Development is currently far along enough for Fleksy’s developers to use it as their proper daily keyboard.
Like the Android version of the keyboard, the iOS variant will come in both free and premium flavors, but Fleksy will strongly push the paid version. Like today’s update to the Android keyboard, the iOS version will have a built-in store for customers to purchase additional themes and custom features. Premium users will also get one premium theme at no additional cost. “We’re working on the best possible way for people to experience the iOS keyboard for free, but we do want to remain a premium product,” the company said.
Besides Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype have announced development of iOS 8 keyboards, but those two companies have remained mum on their specific plans. iOS 8 launches this fall, and the new operating system also unlocks Touch ID for developer integration, adds new features for emailing and instant messaging, and allows iPhones to track user-health with a new HealthKit service and Health application.