iPhone FlickType Keyboard Shutdown for the Blind, Developer Shares Highly Loaded Topic on Twitter

FlickType, the iOS keyboard app for the visually impaired, is phasing out, its developer announced on Twitter. In a thread on the microblog platform, developer Kosta Eleftheriou announced that he is forced by circumstances to discontinue the iPhone app’s keyboard functionality. He wrote that his decision comes after several “irrational” Apple App Store rejections against an updated version of the app. He wrote: “Apple has thrown us hurdle after hurdle for years as we try to provide an app to improve people’s lives and we can no longer stand its abuse.”

This isn’t the first time the App Store has tried to forcefully reject the app. Apple argued “incorrectly” against the app three years ago. “At that time, we successfully appealed and overturned their decision, and that hasn’t been a problem since. Until now,” read the Twitter Topic. The developer also added that its bounce history spans “over forty pages full of repeated, unwarranted and irrational bounces.”

The FlickType developer team has filed a lawsuit against Apple. They also exposed many paid scam apps on the App Store. Eleftheriou has been making a mark on Apple’s image for some time now, exposing paid scam apps in the App Store, realigning secret gaming dens and analyzing scams.

The tweets ask their users to stop automatically updating apps to keep the FlickType keyboard on their iPhone. In the meantime, the FlickType app on the Apple Watch will remain functional.

Twitter users attacked Apple. One user (@gauravjj_1) wrote: “This is terrible. My iPhone will become practically useless to me without the FlickType keyboard.”

Another wrote with a heavy heart: “It’s incredibly sad to hear this. I’ve been using FlickType on a daily basis for English, at least, and I’ve found it to be the best experience.”

This user said how Apple continues to treat developers with hostility and “it certainly seems that in some cases it’s increasingly unpleasant to work in this ecosystem.”

Last year, Fortnite makers Epic Games also filed a lawsuit against Apple’s monopolized App Store strategies.

Can Nothing Ear 1 – the first product of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new outfit – be an AirPod killer? We discuss this and more on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.


Leave a Comment