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SwiftKey developer TouchType will be closely enjoying Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, hoping that the Cupertino business opens its iOS platform to third-party keyboards for the first time. The SwiftKey keyboard has been unique to Android given that its creation, but the company is itching to bring it to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.

If you are unfamiliar with SwiftKey, it’s one of the most popular third-party keyboards on Android, and the very popular Android app in over 38 countries around the world. The business is clearly keen to expand its innovation to other platforms, then, and as the second-largest platform in the world, iOS would be its next step.

But Apple’s existing constraints are avoiding that. The business’s strict control over its platform suggests things like third-party keyboards and other system-level tweaks aren’t enabled. However could that’ll alter?

Speaking at AllThingsD’s D11 conference earlier this month, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook hinted at a more open iOS platform in the future. ‘I think you’ll see us open more in the future,” he said. “But not to the degree that we put the customer at danger of having a bad experience.”

Those comments have actually offered TouchType a reason to be positive about a prospective SwiftKey for iOS

“It’s great they’re assuming because way,” TouchType marketing chief Joe Braidwood stated in a telephone job interview with AllThingsD. “That’s very different from the message we’d have gotten a year ago.”

“The most evident API for them to open is the keyboard, since it’s the best weakness,” Braidwood added. “The keyboard is things that needs work more than anything on that platform.”

Braidwood has an asset. While the iOS virtual keyboard is not really the worst, it certainly is not the best, either, and there’s great deals of space for enhancement. Not just is it in desperate need of a basic refresh, but it’s lacking features like swipe typing, which has actually even entered into Google’s default keyboard.

By supporting third-party keyboards in iOS 7, Apple might give users the option to make use of these features if they wish to– similar to Google does in Android. But as much as I dislike to state it, I am doubtful that’s a path that the company will take.

If it does, then it would not be long before you saw SwiftKey in the App Shop.

“If and when the keyboard is liberalized, we’d get on it with the best speed we could bring to the table,” Braidwood stated.