Will the iPad2 have swype?

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    Any info on keyboard changes for iPad2? I would love to see swype show up!

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    I just got my iPad. Swype was one of the first apps I looked for. I hope it comes to this iPad
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    Swype would be terrible on the ipad in my opinion. My Android phone came with swype stock, and its awesome, but on a 10"screen, that would be ridiculous. Swype works because you can use a thumb to swype across the screen quickly. On a 10" screen you would have to swipe your finger like 2-3 feet per word.
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    I always swype with my finger, not thumb, on my Droid X.

    I do not really see a problem with the size of the keyboard and swyping but I guess the swype keyboard could be smaller, fitting in one corner... That way you would have the qwerty keys on the right half and the numeric pad on the left...
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    Swipe may not be so practical if your device is sitting on a desk. Swipe would not be so terrible when I am standing in line (like right now) holding iPad with one hand and finger pecking with another. I can Swipe much faster
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    Very true and I don't think apple wants anyone using another keyboard that want user to use the OS the same way. And swype goes against that.
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    You know you can use swype like a normal keyboard too right? You dont HAVE to swype to make words. Don't get me wrong, its an awesome keyboard, easily the best I have ever used, but i dont think it would work well on the iPad. Should have the option of trying it out though Apple.
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    in portrait mode, a swype type keyboard would be very handy. i wonder why there hasn't been a cydia app to implement a keyboard of this type?

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    swype

    I had heard that swype is a copyrighted (patented) action on the android system. Anyone else heard that?
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    That is true regarding the Swype being copyrighted, so we who enjoy using it are screwed. That's not like a Patent (which expires at some point)... UNLESS the Android people do an APP specifically for the iPad. I personally LOVE it, and have a Samsung Epic phone, learned it from someone with an HTC phone. hardly use the regular keyboard anymore, exc to do a quick smiley. Even if it is a bigger screen, if you like Swype you like Swype!!!
    I could see why you would like it, a couple reasons mentioned above. I'm going to check out the Samsung Tablet again, which is a little smaller than the iPad... and see what the big differences are.
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    I LOVE Swype!!! Not so sure I need it on my Ipad, but it would be nice if they put it on the next Iphone, so when I finally get an Iphone I could have it.
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    Swype for iPad could make a ton of money. I have it on my Nokia N8 mobile but it was free.
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    There is an app for iOS called ShapeWriter Pro that is the same as swype. I have it.
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    The problem with iOS is that that keyboard will only work for that one app. That reduces the usefulness of it down to near zero. If only Apple allowed us to make a few customizations. . .
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    Shapewriter

    There is an app for iOS called ShapeWriter Pro that is the same as swype. I have it.[/quote]

    The problem with iOS is that that keyboard will only work for that one app. That reduces the usefulness of it down to near zero. If only Apple allowed us to make a few customizations. . .[/QUOTE]


    With cut and paste, you can use it anywhere you can paste.
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    I will be so bold as saying your opinion that Swype "would be terrible on an iPad" is asinine. You either clearly have not used Swype before (and/or are an Apple Snob) or you simply don't appreciate efficiency.

    "Swype it, don't type it" is the equivalent of "say it, don't spray it". Both effective in the end but one is clearly the more preferred method.
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    If you look on the Swype forum an admin stated in multiple threads that they approached Apple with the Swype keyboard for the iphone and ipad and Apple said no with no explanation.
    I guess y'all that say it would be awful don't use portratit mode? It would work very well in portrait mode. Fwiw, I use Ultra Keyboard on my phone and though I have Swype I find it buggy and sluggish, a possible reason the folks at Apple said no.


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    I have it on my Evo and love it for my phone, but I also agree that it would be terrible on the iPad. It works so well on the phone because the keys are so close together on the phone that it's faster and more efficient on the phone. On the iPad I don't think Swype would work well at all. IMO you would spend more time dragging your finger across the iPad than just using the two finger method.
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    Exactly. I have it on my Epic4g, and I type by using my thumb to slide across the screen. You would literally have to move your entire arm to swype across the screen of the iPad even in portrait mode. It would be way too tedious.
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    Requesting Swype from Apple

    Apparently the swype folks are all for bringing their keyboard to the iPad, but at the moment Apple isn't willing to do it (I'm apparently not allowed to post links, but go to forum dot swype dot com, Forum -> Swype PreLoad -> Unsupported Platforms/Devices -> Swype iPad App, and you'll see)
    So if you want to see swype on the iPad, I'd recommend letting Apple know by going to apple's itunes feedback (google "Apple - iTunes - Make Request for the iTunes Store")
    and selecting "Request an Application" with developer swypeinc
    and title "swype"

    Also, to respond to earlier posters who felt swype might not be useful:
    1) I've got big hands, in portrait mode, I can't really type except by pecking, and I'm faster at swyping then pecking - to get a speedup, I really need to be able to use more than one finger effectively on each hand.
    2) When I hold my iPad w/ one hand (e.g., laying on my back, in a chaise lounger), I often want to write something, but can only use one finger (or a stylus, which gives me extra reach). Swype would be way more efficient than then current keyboard.
    3) Finally an iPad swype keyboard could have a resize option to make it smaller (e.g., moveable between bottom right hand and left hand corners) to allow for easy thumb-based writing w/ one hand. Although, I honestly don't know whether this would be comfortable - would need to try it...

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