It’s time to improve typing in iOS. Apple hasn’t made any significant leaps, so the jailbreak community will instead!
A new jailbreak tweak called AltKeyboard
by iOS developer Alan Yip and human interface designer Sentry_NC is now available in Cydia. AltKeyboard, as shown above, makes the iOS keyboard much more usable.
You will notice that the primary characters on the keys have been shrunken down to make room for secondary characters, which appear at the top of the key. With AltKeyboard, you can type normally, but if you want to access the character at the top of the key, you can just tap on the key and then swipe upwards to access the character at the top of the key.
This function doesn’t affect your ability to access accented characters – you can still hold down on a key and wait for the accented characters menu to appear and you can type them as you need. AltKeyboard only works when you swipe up immediately after tapping a key, so there’s a very clear and distinguished way to access either the secondary character or your accented characters.
The tweak saves you some time while typing and improves your productivity by keeping you from having to switch between letter and auxiliary character keyboards excessively. This way, everything you think you are going to need can be easily accessed from the main keyboard view.
AltKeyboard adds a preferences pane to the Settings application, although you won't find any options to configure there. Instead, you will find a test keyboard text field, as well as information about the creators and a way to contact them for support:
Currently, AltKeyboard does not yet support the iPad, but support for the iPad will come in the future according to Sentry. AltKeyboard requires iOS 6.0 or later on your iPhone or iPod touch to function. If you would like to give it a shot, it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just 99˘.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0+
Alan Yip and Sentry_NC