If you have heard of AltKeyboard or if you previously used it in iOS 6, then you’re in for a real treat. AltKeyboard 2 has just been released for iOS 7. It brings all the old features along with some really great new ones. Let’s go ahead and take a deeper look into this newly updated tweak.
The first thing you will notice when activating your new keyboard are the alternate keys placed directly above the original keys. This will be your road map to using AltKeyboard 2. By default, swiping up on a key will type the alternate key and swiping down will give you the capitalized letter of the key.
You will also have some other functions with the shift key, spacebar, backspace, and return key. With the shift key, you can easily swipe up and slide to the right/left to highlight text. If there is something you would like defined, you can highlight it and just swipe up on the shift key.
The spacebar is going to give you the ability to cut, copy, paste, and select all. Just swipe up and you’ll be given options that you can easily select just by swiping your finger from left to right.
The backspace key is going to allow you to undo and redo. Just swipe up and you’ll get a prompt to undo your last actions. If you undo, then swiping up on the backspace key will also give you the ability to redo.
And of course we have the return key. If you get annoyed by those autocorrect suggestions and you have issues tapping that tiny little ‘x’ to dismiss it, only to find out you tapped on the word to accept the correction, then you’re going to enjoy this. Once you get a autocorrect suggestion, you’ll see a red ‘x’ above the return key, just swipe up on it to dismiss it. Simple as that.
If you’re going to edit text, you need an easy way to move that cursor and the default iOS way, isn’t very helpful. Do you have SwipeSelection? You don’t need it anymore. With AltKeyboard 2, you have 2 tabs on either side of the keyboard that are going to allow you easily swipe from the left or right side in order to move that cursor. You even get a nice magnified view of the cursor in a few of the options. There are 4 different options to choose from. The Keyboard Viewfinder, Keyboard Loupe, the Classic Loupe, or none. Here are a preview of those respectively.
If you’re not a fan of having the alternate keys showing up on your keyboard, you can turn those off within the settings. You can also switch the function of flicking up on a key and flicking down on a key, if you don’t prefer the default settings. Another awesome feature is the “Lowercase Keyboard”. If you’ve used the tweak “ShowCase” then you can uninstall that, if you purchase this tweak. This feature shows you the case of the keys depending on the shift key. So if caps lock is on, all letters are capitalized, if the shift key isn’t pressed, then all keys are lowercase. I love that this is a built in feature.
There are a few options that you can configure regarding the “Select Bar”, which is the cut, copy, paste, etc. options you get from swiping up on the spacebar. And if you don’t like the built in features of the define, or undo/redo, then you can disable those. Also, if you don’t want autocorrect suggestions, there’s a toggle to turn those off, too.
If you want to see an in-depth review of AltKeyboard 2 then check out my video walkthrough below:
You can grab AltKeyboard 2 for $2.99 in the BigBoss repo. Let me know in the comments what you think about this tweak and if you plan on purchasing it!