Next Keyboard is an app that wants to offer Apple's iPhone users what it calls the "perfect" keyboard.
The startup reached and surpassed its $10,000 Kickstarter funding goal in only two days. The company has so far raised $14,072 with 40 days remaining in the campaign.
Robleh Jama, founder of Tiny Hearts, the five-person, Toronto-based apps studio that created Next Keyboard, said reaching $10,000 has been great but quality apps cost far more to make.
"This is our most expensive project and we put in far more than $10,000, so we are definitely still looking for more backers. Our new goal is to become the highest-funded app on Kickstarter," Jama said.
Apple's iOS 8 launch in September triggered the creation of several third-party keyboard apps—custom keyboards were not previously possible because Apple closed off access to its stock keyboard. But Jama said most keyboard apps launching now are merely replicas of android phones keyboards. Next Keyboard, on the other hand, has been built exclusively from the iOS perspective, Jama said.
"From day one we have been talking to iOS users online, on Reddit, to see what they want changed," Jama said. "We have a better understanding of issues that are specific to iOS and what's more in line with how Apple does things. The end goal is to make users happy but also create a product that Apple could get behind and support."
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So far, 5,000 people gained early access to Next Keyboard in a sneak peak but the app won't be available to the general public until February, Jama said. Kickstarter backers will receive early access. The app's price is yet to be determined; previous Tiny Hearts apps have sold for less than $10. Its alarm clock app, Wake, cost $3.99 and its fitness app, Quick Fit, cost $6.99.
"We want to solve problems using apps," Jama said. "To make lives better in small and meaningful ways. That's our philosophy."