- 06-16-2008, 10:46 AM #2
- 06-18-2008, 10:48 AM #3
- 06-18-2008, 02:07 PM #4iPhone Intermediate
- 167 Posts
A virtual keyboard may be in the iPhone's future -- one projected. I just don't think many consumers require it.
The device(iPhone original) might even support a non-apple keyboard already; I'd look around.
What I see in the future is the iPhone having computing power to run as a fully functional computer. It could be hooked up to an LCD(or OLED by then) and run applications and everything like it was a desktop machine. And the probability of this increases with processing-intensive desktop apps becoming web-apps -- and with hardware inevitably shrinking in size. The future will be fun.
Last edited by HymerSchmidt; 06-18-2008 at 02:09 PM. Reason: for clarity
- 06-18-2008, 09:08 PM #5iPhone Intermediate
- 476 Posts
- 06-23-2008, 03:32 PM #6
- 06-23-2008, 04:24 PM #7
- 06-27-2008, 04:57 AM #8iPhone Nanite
- 3 Posts
i'm a big fan of touch technology, but i am also a big fan of emailing and chatting, this means i would also become a BIG fan of external keyboard for an iphone.. still, i think, the developers have put too much effort into making the virtual keyboard, to make a real one.
- 06-29-2008, 03:03 PM #9iPhone Beginner
- 63 Posts
What with ever-increasing flash memory sizes, what about this crazy idea?
Imagine a dock for the iPhone which connects to what looks to be a Cinema Display, into which a mouse and keyboard are also plugged. Now realize that the display is actually FOR the iPhone and that the iPhone has replaced the computer, at least in this instance. This could be the ultimate docking station for the iPhone, although screen resolution would have to be worked out - unless resolution independence were in full force, that is.
- 07-14-2008, 04:22 PM #10iPhone Nanite
- 1 Posts
External keyboard is a must
- 07-20-2008, 03:53 PM #11iPhone Intermediate
- 167 Posts
I've been thinking about this. It'd be cool if they designed one that could be separated from the device(if you only need the virtual keyboard), yet attach to the back via magnets(if you need a physical one).
The keyboard could communicate through bluetooth. And since it is attached with magnets, it could have a really minimalist design and basically take any shape, not compromising the design of the phone, conforming to whatever design the phone has but adding only a little thickness. Also, with internal magnets of varying strength, this keyboard could slide out like on other phones, but not require all the design compromises to achieve the functionality.
The only problem is negating the magnets power over cellular signals. I don't doubt it could be done though.
I think if there is a future keyboard for an iPhone, it'll be like this, or be a larger, still virtual, projected keyboard.
- 09-05-2008, 05:42 AM #12
- 09-07-2008, 10:23 AM #13
I have a feeling that you will never see a keyboard on a iPhone... Steve Jobs has taken a ton of jabs at "other" devices with plastic keyboards and his dislikes for them. And I agree with him. If it ain't broke... don't fix it. And if you really do need a keyboard then a iPhone may not be for you.
- 09-07-2008, 11:14 AM #14
- 09-26-2008, 10:38 AM #15iPhone Intermediate
- 219 Posts
I 3rd that? lol
If you want old technology then go back to a BB or some other device with a keyboard.
Apple and the iPhone are innovative technologies and touchscreen is the new black for phones!
Asking for a keyboard on an iPhone is like asking for training wheels on a street motorcycle....why?!
- 09-28-2008, 08:51 AM #16
I came from a Treo 700p, and one of my big reservations for switching over to the iphone was the loss of a tactile QWERTY keyboard (I made the jump on 3G launch day 7/11) and IIRC, I even posted some reservations about it on treocentral...well, it's been almost 3 months later, and I've never looked back.
I've pretty adapted to the touchscreen. I used to wish that future iphones would include a pull out QWERTY keyboard (like the Instinct), but now, I think like that might ruin the "eleganant design" of the iphone. :shrugs: YMMV.
However, if they wanted to develop an EXTERNAL add-on keyboard as proposed by the original poster, that wouldn't bother me,
- 09-29-2008, 06:52 PM #17
- 09-29-2008, 08:19 PM #18
I was a Treo user going back to the 600 and always hated the keyboard. My fingers are too mushy and I needed to push to hard. iPhone keyboard for me is super easy and much better.
However, I have a couple of Apple BT keyboards, and I'd *really* like a simple BT connection option for those babies.
Sure, some senior editors might find them a tad big and non-portable, but it'd be groovy for a start!
- 10-11-2008, 07:47 PM #19
- 10-19-2008, 09:41 PM #20
I thought that I would have issues with the touch screen keyboard as well. I came from WM devices with keyboards and despised the HTC Touch when it came because of the lack of a real keyboard, but since I have used my iPhone for a while I really don't miss any of those devices.
- 10-21-2008, 06:48 PM #21
Years ago I used several different Newtons. The 2100 had nice handwriting recognition and a good on-screen keyboard as well.
You could though, purchase a nice external keyboard and case for it from Apple. The keyboard attached to the end of the Newton through the serial port. It would zip shut, with both the Newton and keyboard inside, into a small organizer sized bundle. When open the Newton could be propped up on it's angled shelf. It turned the whole thing into a micro-sized laptop for heavy duty typing.
An external, detachable, physical keyboard for the iPhone wouldn't take the place of the on screen board in any way. But it would provide a nice option.
- 10-27-2008, 04:06 AM #22
- 12-23-2008, 03:47 PM #23
- 01-06-2009, 10:40 AM #24iPhone Newbie
- 12 Posts
In reality, I am so used to touch typing, that I would prefer a physical keyboard just due to its similarity to a computer's. You do eventually get used to the iPhone's typing, but I will always have a soft spot for real tactile buttons over haptic feedback. If they ever released an iPhone slider, I would be all over it.