Alternative iOS keyboard now open to all developers
So much tech news, so little time. That’s why we’re here, rounding up a few of the Apple stories making the rounds on Thursday morning.
A third party keyboard may soon come to an app near you. Fleksy, whose intuitive keyboard started appearing in many popular apps late last year, has now produced a free, public API that lets developers quickly and easily add it as an option for their apps. As of Thursday, 11 new apps are rolling out integration with the alternative keyboard, with more to come.
Sometimes all it takes to get to the top of the App Store charts is a template and a dream. Oh, and a network of sock-puppet iTunes accounts that all buy the game to boost its overall visibility. Red Bouncing Ball Spikes made it as far as the number two paid spot on Apple’s charts, thanks to this simple scam—the developer then tried to sell it off for several hundred thousand dollars, but couldn’t find a buyer because, among other reasons, the game wasn’t very good.
Work on Apple’s huge new “spaceship” campus (concept image above) has begun. A traffic reporter flying over Cupertino snapped a pic of the demolition happening on site. While work seems to be proceeding apace, it doesn’t seem as though the construction crews have yet managed to uncover the stargate.