Keyboard for iPhone Misses the Point

itype_1Rob Bushway is twittering that he wants this keyboard for the iPhone that has surfaced at CES2010. I think he’s lost some of his mobile mojo. Made by Ion, the iType keyboard lets you insert the iPhone into the keyboard and well, do what you do with keyboards. Ion does a similar thing with music keyboards and for that this form factor makes some sense. But, I don’t buy it for data input into a pocket device.

As for me, I’m still waiting for Apple to figure out Bluetooth and provide a driver for portable keyboards. I don’t see the need for one often, but every once in awhile I’d love to be able to pull an iGo Stowaway keyboard out of my pocket and do this. Ah, the days when life was simpler with Windows Mobile.

Via Reg Hardware

6 Comments

  1. Rob Bushway

    01/08/2010 at 10:23 am

    totally get you on the bluetooth bit, and given the tablet focus that Apple is coming with, we might end up seeing bluetooth keyboard support.

    However, I’ve got several customers who have mentioned to me lots of times how badly they need an external keyboard for their iPhone. With that external keyboard, they could really leave their laptop at home. They do a lot with email, Docs2Go, notes, Evernote, etc. This solution, until the bluetooth support comes along, would solve it for them. My personal preference would be to have bluetooth support so I could use one of those very portable apple bluetooth keyboards – until then, I’m banking on this fella for my travel needs and recommending to customers.

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  2. Mark H

    01/08/2010 at 11:10 am

    If you jailbreak your iPhone you can get software for $5 to connect a bluetooth keyboard. Work’s fine with my Think Outside BT keyboard.

    http://keyboard.ringwald.ch/Welcome.html

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  3. Gavin Miller

    01/08/2010 at 12:35 pm

    As Mark H says the jailbreak keyboard is very good. I use it more than I thought I would, typing notes into Evernote and have typed up some quite large documents for my work on Quickoffice on my Stowaway.

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  4. Rob Bushway

    01/08/2010 at 1:38 pm

    turns out that typing using that keyboard only works when typing in the iType app, then copying and pasting into the app you want the text….forget that.

    Will try the jailbreak method now…

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  5. Chris Hickie

    01/08/2010 at 1:56 pm

    Any BT keyboards out there for Droid?

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  6. Jake

    01/09/2010 at 6:14 am

    Well the good news is that my ancient ThinkOutside Bluetooth Keyboard works perfectly with my HTC HD2. I didn’t even have to void my warranty to get it working ;)

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