One of the reasons going back to an iPhone will be extremely difficult for me is the keyboard; Apple has not innovated squat on that front. While the iOS keyboard is tres chic and utilitarian, it also isn’t very functional and doesn’t take advantage of the the multitouch display.
With Swiftkey, I appreciate how I can easily go from typing to flowing (is that what you call it?), or long pressing a character so I don’t need to keep flipping back and forth between alpha and numeric modes. This is where my frustration comes; sometimes, after I type in a series numbers, then hit the spacebar, I want the keyboard to auto-switch back to alphabet mode.
I’ve kept some back-of-the-envelope stats on my own edge-case, and of the last 20 times I’ve keyed in some numbers, 17 times I wished it switched back to alphabet mode when I hit the spacebar. Now I appreciate that not everyone has the same needs as me, or frankly, cares about being economical with their keystrokes, but since you guys care so much about how many keystrokes you’ve saved me, and provide heat maps and such, this could be one more thing to help in your quest.
You could even make this a selectable feature in the Advanced section of settings:
Leave it unchecked by default on the update, and let those who choose to do so, click that badboy and live the sweet-sweet life. Danke schön.