Swype (the unofficial version) comes to the iPhone

Nearly every time I see Swype CEO Mike McSherry, I ask him a simple question: When will the popular mobile text-input system arrive on the iPhone? He shrugs it off, noting that they’ve actually built a fully-functional version of the Swype keypad for Apple iOS devices. But it won’t work until Apple opens up its keypad APIs.

“As it stands now, it’s only a self-contained app that works well for demos but not much more,” McSherry tells GeekWire.

Well, some hackers aren’t waiting around any longer. Greg Kumparak at MobileCrunch notes that developer Andrew Liu has come up with a way to port Swype to iOS devices.

However, it is lacking several key features, including the blue tracer line which Android phone users have grown accustomed to. Kumparak also notes that the release is rather buggy (I guess that’s what you get on a version not released by the actual company).

McSherry said that he saw Liu’s unofficial release of Swype, and he’s still trying to make sense of it.

“I don’t know but it appears he wrote some of his own code to emulate a Swype-like experience and is using our brand,” he said.  “I don’t know if this is a ‘hacked’ version of Swype or not….I’m thinking not.”

Cliff Kushler, left, and Mike McSherry of Swype

Nonetheless, McSherry notes that I am not the only one interested in learning about Swype for the iPhone. And perhaps Liu’s unofficial release simply indicates the desire to bring it to the iPhone and iPad.

“The interest shown in Swype for iOS is great to see,” said McSherry. “We’ve been preloaded on over 50 million Android devices in last 18 months. We believe it will continue to grow in relevance for all platforms.”

Swype, which allows mobile device users to input text with a Swype of a finger, scored $3.5 million from Ignition Partners and others in March. It has raised about $11.5 million to date.

Previously on GeekWire:  “Swype 3.0 adds predictive tap to mobile input technology”


Comments

  • http://twitter.com/ZaccMassey Zac Massey ت

    Swype should come to iOS. I think it should be as an option to use it next to the original iOS keyboard. like Android does with it’s original Android keyboard. But I think it’d actually work and some people would actually use it. I’d use it.

    • Guest

      I would also use it. I would pay upwards of $2 for Swype on iPhone. That may not sound like much, but with 100 million iOS devices in the wild, there could be billions of dollars in it for Swype.

      Swype for iOS, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawlam Lawrence Lam

    Swype on Windows Phone 7? =)

  • Guest

    Swype would be good to have on iPhone. I am not a fan of the built-in keyboard and I would like to have an alternative. Apple, please approve Swype.

  • Joeshmoe

    Apple sucks, stick with your shitty keyboards.

  • Shaygrl78

    I want an iphone. I refuse to buy one until they have Swype however.  That is my only hold out.  I will have this Droid Charge- (that i reluctantly just purchased 2 weeks ago b/c my previous phone died completely) -even with all the bugs, etc, ONLY because I need to have Swype.  Need. Need. Need.  Hubby has the iphone.  Love everything else about iphone better.  Please Apple.  Please!!!  Sign an agreement, buy it out, give in- whatever it takes!  I want to switch to your phone!!!!!

  • Kyle

    You guys are idiots everything you complained about has been fixed in the latest version you guys are still talking about the first betta we are on version 3.1 now there is a blue line and a word selection box. Come on pull it together

    • Ace

      You mean version 0.3
      The article talks about version 0.2. And 0.3 was released 2 days ago.

  • Mwillis2436

    I have been using Swype on my Android phone for a few months now and I have to say that  I really like it.  It does take some adjustment but there is a helpful online tutorial that comes with the app.  It does take longer to Swype but that is because you are Swyping with one finger instead of multiple fingers while texting.  I can do everything Swyping that I can do texting.  I’m very pleased with it.

  • Mwillis2436

    I have been using Swype on my Android phone for a few months now and I have to say that  I really like it.  It does take some adjustment but there is a helpful online tutorial that comes with the app.  It does take longer to Swype but that is because you are Swyping with one finger instead of multiple fingers while texting.  I can do everything Swyping that I can do texting.  I’m very pleased with it.

  • http://twitter.com/KindaKath Kathleen Hoppe

    I used my iPhone for a year but gave it up and went with a 4g device that included Swype, because that app is so valuable to me. Apple is really missing out by not having this on their devices–I’m not a person who is comfortable “jailbreaking” a phone, so for me, the availability of this technology made the difference in what I purchased. 

  • Linda535

    I got an iPhone for Christmas and although I love it, I REALLY miss Swype from my Droid.

  • Ian M Bell

    the only reason i DONT have an iphone is because it’s not compatable with swype. the minute swype comes to apple products, i’ll drop my android phone in a heartbeat and switch over.

  • Naturegazer

    Just got my first iPhone & am having buyers remorse because I miss the swype so much!

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