Predictive text Stories October 26, 2014

iOS 8 How-to: Set up and customize third-party keyboards

 

iOS 8 brings support for third party keyboards. This allows the user to further customize their device and they are no longer forced to use Apple’s keyboard. Now that we have been using them for a while, it would be nice to even further customize the order in which the keyboards appear. In this how to article, I will discuss how to choose the order in which the keyboards appear as well as how to disable Apple’s QuickType feature.

Predictive text Stories September 29, 2014

xkcd has fun trying iOS 8 predictive text with famous movie quotes

My favorite iOS 8 feature is one of the simplest: the uncannily-accurate predictive text functionality, offering not just auto-complete of the current word but trying to predict the next one too.

xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe decided to have a bit of fun with the feature, typing in the openings of a number of famous movie quotes and seeing how iOS 8 would complete them. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not going to the gym today” is my favorite.

Unlike many of the entries at sites like damnyouautocorrect.com, which are simply made up, all of Munroe’s examples are genuine. The feature does learn from your own vocabulary and phrasing, however, so results may vary.

xkcd is well worth bookmarking by anyone who loves technology and science.

To see how to get the most from some of the features introduced in iOS 8, check out our ‘How-to’ series:

Predictive text Stories May 14, 2012

BlackBerry 10’s predictive text keyboard comes to iOS with Octopus jailbreak tweak

The current auto-correct method on iOS is often a source of frustration for many users who simply do not find the process efficient. The feature’s predictive text functionality, allowing you to tap “space” to insert the currently suggested word, has proven to have a bigger learning curve for the average user than Apple may have anticipated. At least one developer thinks a method similar to BlackBerry 10’s new predictive typing feature would work better. There’s a new jailbreak tweak called “Octopus Keyboard” that brings similar functionality to iOS users, which allows them to swipe up to select and insert suggested words. It is still a work in progress, but you can check out the current build from developer Mario Hros in the video above.

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