Our smartest keyboard ever.

iOS 8 brings the biggest changes to the keyboard since the very first iPhone. Now you can tap to choose the perfect suggestion for your next word. And for the first time, third-party keyboards are available. Typing as you know it might soon be a thing of the past.

iOS 8 predicts what you’re likely to say next.
No matter who you’re saying it to.

Now you can write entire sentences with a few taps. Because as you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. iOS 8 takes into account the casual style you might use in Messages and the more formal language you probably use in Mail. It also adjusts based on the person you’re communicating with, because your choice of words is likely more laid back with your spouse than with your boss. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, so it’s always private.

iOS 8 knows your text messaging style.

When you’re using Messages, the word suggestions may be more casual and brief, if that’s how you like to text.

It knows how you email.

The predictive text will adjust to give you more polished next-word choices.

It knows who you’re writing to.

You’ll get word choices that are appropriate for your co-worker, your best friend and anyone else you’ve had conversations with.

And it knows what the conversation is about.

If someone asks you a question, iOS 8 understands. And before you even type one letter, it offers choices like “Yes” or “No”.

Predictive text, available around the world.

The iOS 8 predictive text engine is optimised for languages around the world. Which means you’ll see suggested words and phrases that are right for your language. And as you use the keyboard over time, it will learn the way you communicate, get to know your favourite phrases and suggest a logical next word.

Supported languages include English optimised for the US, UK, Canada and Australia; French; German; Italian; Portuguese optimised for Brazil; Spanish; and Thai. And Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese input continue to feature predictive input.

New third-party
keyboard experiences.

Swipe rather than type, or go old-school with the classic keyboard layout. For the first time, iOS 8 opens up the keyboard to developers. And once new keyboards are available, you’ll be able to choose your favourite input method or layout system-wide.