We’ve previously covered some great keyboard apps for iPhone users, mostly third-party keyboards that were released for iOS 8. Now you can get everything from GIF keyboards to keyboards that provide auto correcting emojis.
However, Crimson is an iOS 8 keyboard app that brings something completely different to the table: it brings a unique way of typing to the iPhone that builds on a strikingly similar iOS keyboard, greatly improving on it.
How to use Crimson for iPhone
After installing Crimson, you’ll see a tutorial that takes you through the manual installation process, which requires you to go to Settings – General – Keyboard – Keyboards. Then, tap ‘Add New Keyboard’ > ‘Crimson’. You will need full access to the app, so turn on the toggle for Full Access.
After full access can be granted, you can tweak Crimson settings. For example, you can change its theme (there are 5 colors to select from), behavior such as auto correct and spacebar, and predictive typing. The keyboard adapts to the user and fills its personal dictionary with frequently used words.
One of the most interesting aspects of the app is the Spacebar Split. It means that when you insert a space, the spacebar will split into two separate buttons for period and comma. Tap the one you want will insert it after the very last word.
The app has a feature similar to the predictive text feature present in iOS 8, but the suggestions are displayed above the keys, rather than in a bar attached to the keyboard only useful for showcasing three words.
While typing, when the word you want to use comes up on the keyboard’s prediction, you can swipe up on the key underneath to place it into the text field. The auto correct feature is decent and if you misspell something the keyboard doesn’t recognize, it will revert it back to the misspelled version.
The keyboard is similar to the native keyboard in appearance, which makes it a joy to use. It’s incredibly fast and you’ll love it when colors show up when a key is pressed. Auto correct and predictive typing works flawlessly.
You can download Crimson keyboard for $1.99 from the App Store. Let us know if you give it a try and feel free to leave comments.