Re: Discontinuing FlickType Keyboard for iPhone

Ed Worrell <ed.worrell@...>

I agree with Chuck on this one.

It’s sad to see the abrupt ending to the app. We were promised the app would remain. He is choosing to remove the app from the store. Additional note: the
Apple Watch version of the app will stick around… Hmm, picking the sighted community over the visually impaired again I see. As soon as I heard there was going to be an Apple Watch app I knew the days were numbered for the iOS keyboard. Updates kept coming for the Apple Watch version of the keyboard and there weren’t any VO improvements in either The iPhone or Watch keyboards.

The claim of Apple making this difficult is a cover, I feel there is more to the story than what is being told.

I hate to be so negative but this is what happened with Fleksy too. Start with the visually impaired community, start to cater to the sighted community and finally screw the visually impaired community.


On Aug 17, 2021, at 4:21 PM, Christy S <> wrote:

You know, while I understand your frustration, I don't think the hostile attitude of this message is really fair. I think Apple deserves the anger and resentment, not developers who have put a lot of time, resources, and effort into doing something only to have apple treat them like total crap. As very sad as I am for this to go away, and I am, *everyone* has their limits that they can and should put up with. I believe this is a boundary issue for the developer, not a character issue, and were it me reading a message like this I would be very hurt and upset for pouring into something so much only to be told my character was bad or something. As for apple? Well, this kind of nonsense is why I've recently switched to android. I don't regret it.

On 8/17/2021 5:08 PM, Chuck Dean wrote:
Hello Kosta,
This truly is sad news, especially since you broke your promise to me.
Before Theodore was born, and Ashley had her health problems, you asked me to be an alpha tester for Flicktype. I was somewhat reluctant to spend time with the app after seeing what happened to Fleksy. You assured me that you were totally committed to the Flicktype app, and would fight for it no matter what to keep it in the App Store forever!
After hearing this I decided to become an alpha tester, and I spent many hours working with you and other people to try to make Flicktype a great app.
Also, as a beta tester and moderator, I spent a lot of time helping other beta testers understand the new incarnations of Flicktype, and explaining to people what the differences were. Through many Test Flight trials, a great app was developed.

I also defended Flicktype like a lioness defending her cubs. I explained many times why apps built for the visually impaired community did not have the same revenue as other apps, and why it was necessary for her to have a higher dollar value, or a subscription price.

When you developed the watch app, you actually called me on the phone and we talked for about an hour and a half and how the watch app could be developed and used by visually impaired people.
When you released the watch app, to the general public, many people came on the Internet and said this was the end of Flicktype.They feared the same thing was going to happen to Flicktype that happened to Fleksy once the general public started using it, it would stop being accessible. I explain to these people that I thought the reason why you were allowing the Apple Watch app to go public is because you would use the revenue to support the Flicktype app for the visually impaired.
Your answer was “bingo”.

I guess the most disappointing thing to me is I’m usually a pretty good judge of character.
I hate when I’m wrong.

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On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 1:41 PM FlickType <> wrote:
It's with a heavy heart that we're announcing the discontinuation of our award-winning iPhone keyboard.

Apple has thrown us obstacle after obstacle for years while we try to provide an app to improve people's lives, and we can no longer endure their abuse.

Read more about our announcement below, and thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years:

- Kosta

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