Tempest keyboard does not try to change the way you type, it just let you do it more comfortably. Not everyone uses a keyboards the same way. Tempest lets you change the layout and appearance of the onscreen keyboard to your liking


- Turn on just the features you want.

- Predictive text / Next word prediction (English, Swedish and Portuguese (Brazil))

- Gestures to edit faster/more comfortable

- Number keys directly accessible, quick turn on/off.

- Enable Tab, forward delete or arrow keys if you want them.

- Alternate keyboard layouts, AZWERTY, QWERTZ and even Dvorak, Colemak and Workman.

- Fourteen elegant themes.

- Available with 11 language layouts, more coming soon.

- Emoji view and emoji search.

- Split keyboard, One handed keyboard (iPhone)

- Numeric keypad (iPad)


Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

What’s New

Version 1.9.5

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.


* New updated dictionaries (US, UK, CA)

* Emoji viewer now supports skin tones + gender

* fixes the "." shortcut bug that put random periods after word when speed typing.

* fixed bug that made some themes unselectable in dark mode

* Added optional "remove perfect match" to settings for prediction

* Added setting to make number pad get same alternate characters as number bar

* many other minor changes and fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

ZipTurtle ,

OK for special uses

It was useful when I was first learning the Dvorak layout and wanted to not see QWERTY on any of my devices. This review deals with Tempest version 1.9.5:

Taps on the keys must be fairly precise — one can easily hit the wrong letter or even no letter at all. This is partly because the tap zone for each key is small and partly because, when using the Dvorak layout, more keys are crammed into the bottom row. I'd prefer to have the Delete key moved to the top row to alleviate this but Tempest doesn't provide that option. Also, auto-correct doesn't work (at least for me) so hyphens and the capital "I" require that extra bit of effort. And if you have "Bold Text" enabled in your device's Settings, be aware that this keyboard ignores it.

Lately I flip to Tempest only for the occasional word that needs a case change, as it allows swiping down on the Shift key to cycle through all-lower, all-upper, and initial-cap for the entire word to left of the cursor. It also allows swiping left or right on the spacebar to move the cursor, a useful alternative to dragging it (though my favorite text editors already allow cursor movement via buttons or swipes elsewhere).

Cooptown54 ,

Works just ok - very buggy

For the most part the keyboard works as intended but it does lock up a lot in the split keyboard layout. If you type fast you'll end up pushing two keys at the same time and that breaks the keyboard. I have to minimize it and bring it back to fix it. It's pretty annoying. Seems like it should be a simple fix. Fix that and I'll change the review to a 5 star!

ejs2000 ,

A fantastic option for the iPhone 6s Plus.

I purchased a 6s Plus with the hope it would be big enough to write comfortable in Pages in landscape mode. Unfortunately, the stock keyboard is pretty awkward to use—The edges are taken up by special keys (like copy and paste), pushing the letter keys into the center where they are harder to reach. Tempest Keyboard solves this issue, offering a highly customizable keyboard with both split keyboard and one-handed options. Writing in landscape is much easier with Tempest’s split keyboard, and can be made easier by adding specialized keys such as specific punctuation options.

There are a couple of minor problems: For one, while using Tempest, you can’t utilize the 3D Touch cursor trackpad. Another is that in the one-handed keyboard, the entire empty space off to the side is the touch target, so it’s very easy to accidentally move the keyboard to the far side while typing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first issue is something no third party keyboard will be able to do, and the second seems easily fixable in the future.

But for only 99 cents there’s no reason not to get Tempest Keyboard and customize your typing experience to your liking.

(Bonus tip: The documentation says to select split or one-handed mode with a long press on the Hide Keyboard key, which is not present in portrait mode. When in portrait mode, it’s a long press on the Return key instead.)

App Privacy

The developer, Ulf Lundgren, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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