• Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer

    Swype, upon release, has been a popular alternative to the simple tap to type. With its patented sliding and recognition technology, your simple swipe of a finger through the letters of the word you're spelling out will spell out the word you desire. According to the Swype website, this software has been deployed to over 26 million phones in 50+ countries. The entire list comprises of Android and Windows OS phones; the iOS community was left out. Swype has promised beta testing for iOS however restrictions by Apple have made it difficult. Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) decided that the community couldn't wait any longer and decided to port Swype to iOS.

    It's currently in its early beta stages but seems to work well. Andrew has confirmed that there are some limitations however he is working to fix them:

    • The Swype beta does not work in AppStore applications or Cydia (only in stock iOS currently - he is looking to fix it today)
    • No blue line to indicate where you are swiping

    I can not confirm what devices/firmwares are supported (I'm currently on iOS 5 Beta 2 and it works fine) so test at your own risk. You can have access to Swype beta in the following ways:

    (1.) Add this repository: wynd.x10.mx (includes http:// in front)

    (2.) Download from mediafire: Swype Beta (v0.1.0)

    Follow Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) on Twitter to keep up to date on the progress with the Swype Beta for iOS.

    UPDATE: After speaking briefly with Brian Resnik - Community Relations Specialist from Swype, here are clarifications made by him on behalf of Swype in regards to this recently released beta application:

    The first thing we want to make clear is that this version released via Cydia is not in any way an official Swype product, or related to SwypeInc. in any way. It appears this developer wrote some of his own code to emulate a Swype-like experience and is using our brand. We donít know if this is a Ďhackedí version of Swype or not. Iím thinking not. We are still investigating, but either way, this is not an official release or port of Swype to iOS. Additionally, since we weren't involved with the development of this application, we can not vouch for the integrity of the software. From a consumer's perspective, we recommend researching the developer on your own to ensure the trustworthiness of this application from a security standpoint.

    Our legal counsel is advising us on the best course of action regarding this 'hacked' release. We'll continue to follow the situation and do whatever our management team determines is appropriate to protect our intellectual property. We're not looking to prove a point or anything like that. Frankly, as our CEO mentioned in an interview with GeekWire on the topic, the clear interest demonstrated by this release from iOS users in having Swype is exciting. But we do still need to protect our brand and, if it turns out that some of our code are being used, our patents.

    Also, people are already saying "this proves that you can get Swype on iOS, even if it's through Cydia, right?" Well, not really. Yes, you can get "tracing" to work via some serious hacking (and even then it only works on jailbroken phones, and in stock iOS applications), but there are other really important elements to Swype. For example, word replacement and editing. With Swype, we know that the prediction engine won't get it right 100% of the time. Most of the time, absolutely, but there will always be a mistake once in a while. The nice thing about Swype is that when that happens you can quickly pull up a list of alternative suggestions - in the new v3.0, they're automatically shown whenever you swipe a word or tap on a previously entered word. When you pick an alternative suggestion, Swype replaces the previously typed word with the new one. Without keyboard APIs, we have no way of interacting with the text field in those kinds of ways. Sure, you can get basic character entry to work, but to get the full Swype experience, we absolutely require certain features to be implemented by Apple themselves.
    Source(s): Andrew Liu, Swype
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. ssfirme's Avatar
      ssfirme -
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Ive been waiting for this!!!!! YESSIR!
    1. AngryPIG's Avatar
      AngryPIG -
    1. ratbrain's Avatar
      ratbrain -
      my opinion a must have. this has been long awaited.. thanks!
    1. Timstanley's Avatar
      Timstanley -
      Too bad its just for english but works fine using it right now
    1. g4geniuses's Avatar
      g4geniuses -
    1. sykeck's Avatar
      sykeck -
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Cool, works as advertised on my iPad 1st Gen on 4.3.3
    1. carlwithaK's Avatar
      carlwithaK -
      I never thought the day would actually come
    1. nikozen's Avatar
      nikozen -
      double post
    1. mestapho's Avatar
      mestapho -
      I downloaded And installed with file,
      but I don't see anything installed.
      Do I need to do something after installation to
      Get it working?
    1. nikozen's Avatar
      nikozen -
      Takes a minute to get used to it without the blue line, but seems to work well for me.
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by nikozen View Post
      Takes a minute to get used to it without the blue line, but seems to work well for me.
      Correct. I can't confirm there are settings for it (on iOS 5) but I did not need to configure anything to get it to work. Just simply test it out by swiping through some letters and you'll see it works.
    1. ancient's Avatar
      ancient -
      This is great news!

      Millions of us have been waiting so long!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Pretty cool. Not perfect... but it works well for a beta.
    1. mestapho's Avatar
      mestapho -
      Okay it actually is working. I just didnt
      Realize that it was. Pretty cool.
      Thanks for the post.
    1. Timstanley's Avatar
      Timstanley -
      Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
      I downloaded And installed with file,
      but I don't see anything installed.
      Do I need to do something after installation to
      Get it working?
      Nothing to configure yet, keep in mind this its still a beta
    1. craiggiarc's Avatar
      craiggiarc -
      This is a great start for a Beta, can't wait for future updates.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      I don't see what the big deal is with swype. It's a cool technology, and fun to play with, but for me it's TONS slower than just typing your words with two thumbs. Perhaps that's because I've been typing the standard iPhone way for 3 years.

      I tried to type the following after installing swype:

      "Hey! What is up? I just installed swype on my iphone so I could test it out. This is what I ended up with. What do you think?"

      Here's what I got:

      "Hey ! What ids up ? I just indeed serow on my ijore sui I could test it or . Thus ids what I end pwith . What do you think ?"

      At least it nailed the last sentence. Apparently I'm in the minority considering how much praise I've heard about Swype over the last year or so, but I'm just not seeing anything but a neat gimmick.

      I know it's in beta mode and maybe it'll come around and be more accurate, but I've also played with it on store display Android phones and got similar results. It's just unnatural to type that way.
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Been waiting for this for a long time, didnt think it would ever happen. Either I'm really bad at it, (which i do great on my friends Droid so...) or this still has a long way to go. We need a double-tap to edit, the blue tracer line, features! It does work... im just not going to replace my keyboard yet. Very cool and at least there is a beta now. Im really surprised the jailbreak community didn't act on this sooner??
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