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A keyboard that puts more power at your fingertips with super fast editing, predictive typing, instant emojis, and beautiful themes!
A keyboard that puts more power at your fingertips with super fast editing, predictive typing, instant emojis, and beautiful themes!
A keyboard that puts more power at your fingertips with super fast editing, predictive typing, instant emojis, and beautiful themes!
6,586 backers pledged CA$ 65,497 to help bring this project to life.

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Next Keyboard - The Perfect Keyboard for iPhone

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Our apps are used by millions of people worldwide and have been featured by Apple and popular media.

We spend a lot of time touch typing on our iPhones, and we want to make it better. Much better. Think about it:

  • There has to be a faster way to type.

  • And it should be easier to type with one hand.

  • Is there an easier way to move the cursor?  

  • I can never tell if I’m on upper or lower case.

  • Why are emojis so hard to find?

  • Why can’t I make the keyboard mine? I want some themes!

  • And why are the best selling keyboards Android replicas?

We decided to build the perfect iPhone keyboard. 

To us, the iPhone's keyboard is more than just a tool for typing. It’s how we connect with friends, family, coworkers, and a rapidly evolving world.

We believe touch keyboards have a wealth of untapped potential, which is why we're building your Next Keyboard for iPhone.

We love our iPhones as much as you, so a few friends and I started Tiny Hearts studio. We got to make careers from our passion for apps and our parents stopped telling us to get jobs (so that was nice).

Fast forward a few years and we’ve made some pretty cool apps, won some awards, and even had an app featured in an Apple commercial. This momentum encouraged us to dive into our next big endeavour. When Apple opened their doors to custom keyboards with iOS 8, there was no doubt: we had to make the Next Keyboard.

We know what we want in the perfect iOS keyboard and the problems we want to solve. But we also wanted to make you part of the process. So we reached out to the community at Reddit, Product Hunt, and Designer News. We even held workshops at meetups and interviewed users to make sure we were building something people want. What came next was 7 months of coding, designing, building, and testing, all the while getting more feedback and excitement for Next’s launch.

Now we’re proud to say that it’s almost here. With backers like you, we can finally get Next Keyboard onto the App Store and into your hands. As the great Captain Planet once said, “the power is yours.”

1) Smart cursor, fast editing 

Know how you have to fumble around to move your cursor to just the right spot? Say goodbye to that. With Quick Cursor Swipe, you can simply swipe across the spacebar annnnd presto! Your cursor magically appears exactly where you want it.

2) One tap emoji

Emojis are an extension of our feelings. So we made it easier to find and share them with one tap emojis! Simply scroll once to find your favorite emoji. We also added the Apple glyph so you can rave about the  Watch.

3) Next word predictions

Type less, say more. With Next Word Prediction, we predict what you’re trying to say before you say it. You could almost say our keyboard is reading your mind.

4) Emoji suggestions 

By the time you find the right emoji, you could have just typed how you feel. So we'll suggest it for you as you type so it’s only one tap away.

5) Swipe to type 

You want to type faster but you refuse to put down that coffee. Or you got an iPhone 6 Plus. No worries, we got you.

6) That's some good shift 

Never, ever—and we mean ever—guess again whether your shift key is on or off.

7) Beautiful themes

You want a keyboard that looks and feels as unique as you are. So let’s get you out of those greys and into some color.

8) Quick Access to numbers & punctuation 

It should be easy to text your m8. A simple tap, hold, and switch gives you quick access between numbers and letters.

9) Autocorrect 

Sometimes it’s more like auto-incorrect. The Next Keyboard learns how you type so you get your message right the first time.

10) Unique keyboard sounds

Not every button is the same, so why do they all have the same sound? Now you can actually hear which keys you tap with our custom sounds.

11) 100% private & secure

You don’t need to enable “full access” to use Next Keyboard. We don’t collect your data. We’d much rather sell a great product over people’s information.

Don’t be alarmed, we’re going to keep the features you already love, like shortcuts, double tap space for period, quick delete and how your keyboard learns as you type. We love them too!

The more problems we can solve, the better! Like, making it easier to type in landscape and with one hand on the iPhone 6 Plus. We also hate how we keep hitting period by accident when trying to tap the spacebar. So no more of that!

We've started showing off our keyboard online and here's what people are saying: 

Reddit
Reddit

We’ve been in the game as a bootstrapped and independent studio for five years now. Unlike large software companies, we don’t have floors of developers and venture capital in the bank. But what we do have is a strong community of iPhone users who believe in what we’re doing.

Keyboards are much more complicated than they look and we want to get this right. At this point, we have an early beta version which means we’re 75% there. But it’s that last 25% that’s most challenging. With one big final push we can actually get this keyboard to those who want it as bad as we do.

For that to happen, we need to grow our team with experts in machine learning and natural language processing to help us build a more powerful engine for prediction, auto-correct, and swipe typing.

It’s important that iPhone users are involved in shaping the future of Next Keyboard. Through Kickstarter, we can build this together.

Tiny Hearts is a software studio based in the heart of Toronto. We’re a small team of 5 designers, developers, doers, and dreamers with one simple goal - change people’s lives in small and meaningful ways.

We may be small, but we sure dream big.

Team Tiny Hearts, at its core, is Robleh Jama, Rob Chia, Quadri Oshibotu, Gabe Rozenberg, and Corey Pollock. Special thanks to Nermin Moufti and Marco Patricio who helped with branding and sound design. Teamwork makes the dream work! 

Next Keyboard version 1.0 is just the beginning. Keeping you in love with our keyboard is a long term commitment. So we’ll never stop listening to your feedback and adding more features.

         
Emoji tee + mug and Next Keyboard
Emoji tee + mug and Next Keyboard
 
Thank you from the team at Tiny Hearts, the guys behind Next KeyboardWake Alarm and Quick Fit.
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Risks and challenges

Making a quality app is nothing new for us. We’ve created a better alarm clock (Wake), a better fitness experience (Quick Fit), and a #1 education app (Pocket Zoo).

Behind every great app are greater challenges. Getting a keyboard with the functionality we want isn’t easy. We’re dealing with a lot of moving parts, from research, design, development, to usability and more. There are always setbacks when developing technology, however, one of the risks we foresee is meeting our delivery date to the App store (February 2015). There’s also the approval process from the app store, but that’s nothing we haven’t already worked through in the past. It just means we might have to make a few changes before Apple approves our app.

We will keep our backers up to date with our progress and let you know if we encounter any setbacks.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.87

    This isn’t your typical $1 reward. You’re going to get a free Next wallpaper, access to ongoing updates, and if you share our Kickstarter with your friends we’ll throw in the apps Wake Alarm and Quick Fit. That’s $11 worth of apps and our eternal gratitude for a buck. Not bad!

    If you love our keyboard, but can’t spare the change, help us spread the word instead! Share this Kickstarter with your friends and we’ll give you our award winning apps for FREE! That includes our #1 alarm clock Wake Alarm (regularly $3.99) and Quick Fit, our fitness app featured in an Apple ad (regularly $6.99) - a great tool for shedding some of those holiday pounds. Just click the SHARE button right under our video, then go to this site and enter your email here www.bitly.com/NextKeyboard

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    PLUS, Next Keyboard Backer Package: For being an early backer, you'll get the Next Keyboard along with a custom wallpaper, and our Wake Alarm Clock and 7 Minute Workout - Quick Fit app. We'll also add your name to our website. Welcome to the Next family!

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    PLUS, Next Beta Package: Get access to Next Keyboard before the rest of the world. We’ll give you beta access to Next before it even launches on the App Store.

    Beta Access to Next will start in January for this package and early beta will start in December for the "Best Friend Forever Package."

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    VIP Community Access: Get an inside look at what we’re working on by joining our VIP Community. Here we find bugs, discuss features and show you what we have planned for Next Keyboard. You'll also get Next Keyboard along with a custom wallpaper, and our Wake Alarm Clock and 7 Minute Workout - Quick Fit app and we’ll add your name to our website.

    NOTE: This reward gives you access to our community before and after Next Keyboard launches on the App Store. It does not give you beta access to Next Keyboard.

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    Emoji Mug Package: To show our appreciation we're going to give you the emoji mug you’ve always wanted and we’ll let you choose the emoji. PLUS the Next Keyboard Backer Package.

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    Help us improve Next Keyboard by being one of our EARLY beta testers. You'll get early access to use it before it's released and access to our VIP community where we'll give you an in depth look into everything we're working on and share valuable feedback. We'll also list you as a "Best Friend Forever" on our site, INCLUDES the Next Backer Package (Next + Wake & Quick Fit apps + wallpaper). Early Beta access starts in Late December early January.

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    Emoji Calendar Package: This package gives you "The 2015 Year of Emoji Calendar!” We'll also add your name to our website as a "Friend of Next" PLUS the Next Keyboard Backer Package.

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    Emoji t-shirt and Mug Package: Show the world your favorite emoji with your own emoji mug and t-shirt! We'll also add your name to our website as a "Friend of Next" PLUS the Next Keyboard Backer Package.

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    Emoji Hoodie Package: If you want to show off your emoji, but need a little warmth too, then you’ll love our emoji hoodie! We'll also add your name to our website as a "Friend of Next" PLUS the Next Keyboard Backer Package.

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    Best Friend Forever Package: Did we just become best friends?! Then help us improve Next Keyboard by being one of our beta testers. You'll get early access to use it before it's released and early access to our VIP community where we'll give you an in depth look into everything we're working on and share valuable feedback. We'll also list you as a "Best Friend Forever" on our site, and send you an exclusive emoji hoodie and "Year of Emoji calendar". PLUS the Next Backer Package.

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    Honorary Next Member Package: Welcome to the Next family! As an honorary Next Team member, we'll name you as such on both the website and in the app. We’ll also let you beta test all of our future builds of Next, seek your feedback, AND we'll name one of our beautifully designed themes after YOU! PLUS the Best Friend Forever Package.

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    Custom Design Theme Package: You'll get all of the rewards of the Honorary Next Member Package AND one of our world class designers will design a custom theme with you that will be named after you! You will literally be a part of the Next Keyboard, forever.

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