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  • 'exKey' Adds an Extra Row of Keys to the Keyboard for Ease of Access


    If you do a lot of typing on your iPhone, and chances are that you do, then you may want to take a peek at a new jailbreak tweak called exKey by iOS developer Richard Cheng. The tweak adds a new row of keys to the top of the keyboard to make accessing common characters easier.

    ExKey makes the keyboard feel more like a computer keyboard by putting a row of numbers at the top of the keyboard when viewing the letters, but when viewing the alternative characters keyboard that includes numbers and some alternative characters, the tweak puts some additional commonly-used characters at the top row of the keyboard.



    Because exKey brings a new row of relevant keys to the keyboard no matter what keyboard view you might be looking at, it makes typing easier in some cases. You won't have to switch back and forth so much between one keyboard view to another keyboard view when using exKey, and this will cut down on time usage too.

    Notably, there are some caveats. The tweak is not compatible with any iPads, only iPhone and iPod touch. Additionally, there is a known conflict with PredictiveKeyboard, so you shouldn't install both at the same time. On the other hand, exKey is compatible with all iOS version 5.0 and later. The tweak has no options to configure.

    If you want to give exKey a try to improve your typing time efficiency and convenience, you can grab it for 99 from Cydia's BigBoss repository.

    Name: exKey
    Price: 99
    Version: 1.0.7-19
    Requirements: iOS 5.0+, iPhone or iPod touch
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Richard Cheng
    Editor's Rating:  4/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'exKey' Adds an Extra Row of Keys to the Keyboard for Ease of Access started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      This is pretty nice. I prefer to use altkeyboard, it speeds up my texting quite a bit. The only problem is that it hasn't been updated for iOS7...so this is a nice alternative for now. Thanks!
    1. claustin's Avatar
      claustin -
      I've had issues with the top keys working in Facebook
    1. jhf3rd's Avatar
      jhf3rd -
      still a bug out there, only first number typed works unless you turn autocapitalize off. you also have to toggle for punctuation, so it's a trade off.
    1. Nyyankees's Avatar
      Nyyankees -
      this has bugs sometimes when you press the numbers letters pop up
    1. Werty12's Avatar
      Werty12 -
      IKeywi is better.
    1. tihomirbg's Avatar
      tihomirbg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Werty12 View Post
      IKeywi is better.
      ^+1
    1. mythamp's Avatar
      mythamp -
      Numbers dont work on SMS / Messaging app for some odd reason, its fine on email/gmail/notes etc.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by Werty12 View Post
      IKeywi is better.
      Word.

      ikeywi is much more configurable... Been super stoked on it for a few jailb*#^en OS's now...
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Finally got tired of this tweak's buggy behavior, will try ikeywi, thanks for the tip.
    1. claustin's Avatar
      claustin -
      this tweak has been much better after the most recent updates. Kudos to the dev for the great work.
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Just bought IKeywi for my iPhones and iPads... Special Thanks to Werty12 and Sage I
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeppy View Post
      Just bought IKeywi for my iPhones and iPads... Special Thanks to Werty12 and Sage I
      Sweet... I hope you like iKeywi...
    1. avshmu's Avatar
      avshmu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      Sweet... I hope you like iKeywi...
      I love iKeywi... pity it doesn't support alternate keyboards...