Swype is a popular typing method that involves swiping on the keyboard instead of tapping to type like most people are used to. It features error-correction algorithms and language models to guess what words you are trying to type. After several years of beta testing Swype actually came out of beta and was offered on the Google Play store for Android devices for $1.
Nuance is the company behind Swype and although it partners with Apple on the voice recognition technology powering Siri, Swype has never been an alternative typing method on iOS. On a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), however, VP of Swype Aaron Sheedy confirmed that they have been in talks with Apple.
Q. I was curious as to whether you’ve ever had any contact with Apple. Any conversations to see if they might have been interested in licensing your technology?
A. Hah. The million (ok billion) $ questions. Yes, we have chatted with them, they are very smart and nice.
Although this officially doesn’t prove anything, Apple isn’t known to talk to companies unless they have a slight interest in what the company has to offer. With the release of iOS 7 just around the corner this could signify a possible new typing option or maybe a “revolutionary” new keyboard.
We may be getting ahead of ourselves here, but Swype is definitely a polished product and could be a good fit as an alternative typing method on iOS. It would be nice if Apple gave its users some more choice. Of course if you’re Jailbroken there is nothing stopping you from trying out Swype as there are a ton of tweaks that bring its functionality to iOS such as iSwype.