, which iOS development team Ałtweaks teased on Wednesday
, has finally been released in Cydia. The tweak improves the usability of the iOS 7 keyboard to make it easier to input alternative characters, as well as easily move the cursor, and easily select and edit text.
On Wednesday, Sentry teased a Vine of AltKeyboard 2, which you can view below:
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Accessing the alternative characters on the keyboard is easy; if you see a character you need at the top of a key, just tap on that key and drag upwards to input that character. You can also swipe up from the space bar to reveal options such as selecting text, copying or cutting text, and pasting text. If you want to move the cursor around in the text, you can swipe using either of the two grabbers on the right or left of the keyboard to move it.
AltKeyboard 2 adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure a number of options:
From the keyboard pane, you will be able to configure whether alternative keys will appear on the alphabetic keyboard, the numeric keyboard, or the character keyboard. You will also be able to configure whether swiping up on a key will input an alternative character, input a capital letter, or do nothing. You will also be able to configure what will happen when you swipe down on a keyboard key, and configure whether the tweak impacts the lowercase keyboard.
From the auxiliary alts pane, you will be able to configure the select/copy/cut/paste options from the Space bar, enable or disable undo/redo from the backspace key, enable or disable defining a selection with the shift key, and enable or disable dismissing auto-correct with the return key.
Finally, from the cursor seeker pane, you will be able to configure the style of the preview and configure the seeking mode.
AltKeyboard 2 seems to be a very impressive tweak for iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 7; unfortunately, the iPad is not supported at this point in time. If you would like to give AltKeyboard 2 a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for just $2.99 – if you own the original AltKeyboard already, then the tweak is a $1.99 upgrade.
$2.99 ($1.99 upgrade)
iOS 7.0-7.0.6, iPhone or iPod touch
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6