One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype and it's wonderful.
The Swype keyboard allows you to write by quickly sliding your finger from letter to letter. It's one of the fastest keyboards available, and it learns from the way you type so its suggestions get smarter over time. Here's a complete list of features for the iOS version of the keyboard.
- 21 languages supported including 16 new downloadable languages
- Intelligent Emoji support in 6 languages (English (US), English (UK), French, Italian, German and Spanish)
- Improved iPad layout
- Customizable keyboard layout (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY)
- Sound on Keypress option added (*Requires "Full Access")
- Incredibly intuitive language models that accurately predict what you type or Swype
- Five beautiful themes - FREE on iPhone.
- Quickly enter symbols, punctuation and capital letters with Swype gestures
- Swype learns how you type. You can tell it to add or remove words from your personal dictionary
- You can Swype on your iPad as well as your iPhone