updated 10:55 pm EDT, Wed June 23, 2010
Software already under development
Startup Swype has announced that it is currently developing a version of its input software for the iPhone. The company hopes to license its keyboard technology to Apple, although the proposition has yet to be formally introduced to the iPhone maker.
The patented system allows users to input text by dragging their fingers across letters, rather than individually tapping each key. The method was pioneered by company founder Cliff Kushler, the inventor of T9 predictive texting.
"We would like to be on iPhone," chief executive Mike McSherry told Reuters. "It remains to be seen."
Swype has already landed licensing deals with several smartphone makers including Motorola, Samsung and HTC. The keyboard software will be available on a variety of Android devices such as Motorola's upcoming Droid X. The company also offers a public beta currently available to download.
Apple's willingness to license third-party technology for its iPhone keyboard remains unclear. The company has shown a strong tendency to develop its own technology in-house.