by Dom Esposito
June 2, 2013
Typing is probably the one thing I do more than anything else on my iOS devices. The keyboard in iOS was designed to be simple and straight forward, but there’s really nothing that makes it better than typing on another mobile operating system. AltKeyboard is a new Cydia tweak that redefines the iOS keyboard. This tweak makes it easy to access the numeric and special character keys on the keyboard by placing them at the top of each key becoming accessible with a flick of the finger. This feature may not be for everyone, but I tend to switch to the numeric/special character keyboard quite ofter while typing. Like the title mentions, this keyboard will change the way you type. If you’re curious to know how it works, we’ve put together a video that demonstrates this powerful keyboard tweak. Check out our video overview below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzssOgvJLyI
If you can’t see the above video, please click this link.As shown in the video, the numeric, symbol, and special keys can be accessed by flicking up on each key. Instead of having to switch to a different keyboard, the special keys are just a flick or a slide away depending on how you’d like the tweak to operate. Within the Settings app, you’ll find a couple of options to change according to your preference. The keyboard can be set to “flick up” or “slide up,” but I prefer the flick option because sliding up requires more precision. As another option, you can ditch the alternate keys and use the flick or slide option to type a letter's "shifted" key. These options can be changed by tapping on the underlined text within the settings. There's also a handy text field in the settings to test the options. This tweak is available for a wide variety of keyboard languages. For an overview of this amazing keyboard tweak, watch our video above. Currently, AltKeyboard is available in the BigBoss repository for $0.99 and is compatible with iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6. Check it out and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.