In addition to improvements to the stock keyboard, Apple will open the door to the Swypes and SwiftKeys of the world.
You don't have to stick with that preloaded keyboard that comes with your Android gadget. Here are seven alternatives that give your device a boost.
Wordbox is a solid text editor, but sorely needs iOS 8 support for easier sharing and better third-party keyboards.
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The third-party keyboard app now offers 21 languages, emojis based on what you're typing, and new iPad keyboard themes.
Most third-party iOS keyboards are, well, keyboards. This one lets you scribble instead. But is that really preferable?
Free app MyScript Stylus replaces the onscreen keyboard with a scribble-friendly input area and supports a wide range of languages.
With iOS 8, you can use a different keyboard than the default. Check out these third-party alternatives with CNET's Sarah Mitroff.
iOS has emoji built-in...but wait, so does Android!
The keyboard in iOS 8 got a much-needed upgrade -- and being able to add third-party keyboards means a ton of new options for iPhone users.
Other third-party keyboards can suffer from this update.