1. MagicSiebz's Avatar
    i really enjoy the touch keyboard, but does anyone know if there will be a attachable keyboard in the future like on other phones.
    06-13-2008 05:18 PM
  2. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    I doubt there will be. It adds to the clutter that Apple is trying to get ride of. Eventually there will be wireless (OTA) syncing. But for now, I don't see Apple producing an external keyboard.
    06-16-2008 11:46 AM
  3. carsly's Avatar
    Hello Palm Foleo!

    Didn't that die off before it even got off the ground? Maybe one of the bluetooth laser keyboards would work.
    06-18-2008 11:48 AM
  4. HymerSchmidt's Avatar
    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 03:09 PM. Reason: for clarity
    06-18-2008 03:07 PM
  5. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    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.
    So kinda like the dock laptops hook up too? That would be awesome. I mean we already know the 30-pin connector could do video output. A keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals won't be far behind. It would be awesome if the iPhone turned into a full computing platform, but I don't think it will happen soon.
    06-18-2008 10:08 PM
  6. caseychan's Avatar
    I wouldn't bet on it. Apple has been on the front line for soft keyboards, can't imagine them retracting now..

    Though a dock keyboard could make the iPhone a replacement for the laptop!
    06-23-2008 04:32 PM
  7. emceechad's Avatar
    I wouldn't assume so. Part of the iPhone's innovation would be the fact that it has a good reliance on a touch screen, so I wouldn't imagine a virtual keyboard coming into play.
    06-23-2008 05:24 PM
  8. Merriadok's Avatar
    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.
    06-27-2008 05:57 AM
  9. HawaiiMacAddict's Avatar
    Aloha everyone,

    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.

    HawaiiMacAddict
    06-29-2008 04:03 PM
  10. bayaryaan's Avatar
    i really enjoy the touch keyboard, but does anyone know if there will be a attachable keyboard in the future like on other phones.
    I've had my iPhone for a year now and I simply HATE the touch screen keyboard. Having previously used a blackberry and Treo, I can tell you first hand that typing on one of those devices is much easier. If Apple truly wants enterprise adoption of the device, they need an external keyboard. I can't stand even sending short emails on mine iPhone.
    07-14-2008 05:22 PM
  11. HymerSchmidt's Avatar
    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.
    07-20-2008 04:53 PM
  12. iphonefans's Avatar
    Very possible, i would love to get one when it out., but make sure the keyboard size is small as well
    09-05-2008 06:42 AM
  13. Jeremy's Avatar
    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 11:23 AM
  14. avt123's Avatar
    And if you really do need a keyboard then a iPhone may not be for you.
    Exactly.
    09-07-2008 12:14 PM
  15. MrEClass's Avatar
    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?!
    09-26-2008 11:38 AM
  16. Tunnelrunner's Avatar
    Hm...interesting.

    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,
    Brent
    09-28-2008 09:51 AM
  17. charliej66's Avatar
    I love this keyboard. Coming from a BlackBerry I was worried that I wouldn't like it. But right away it became one of my (many) favorite features of my iPhone. Hope they don't change it.
    09-29-2008 07:52 PM
  18. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    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!
    09-29-2008 09:19 PM
  19. shwy's Avatar
    Weeeel... I've seen one on Youtube... You just have to really look for it.
    10-11-2008 08:47 PM
  20. USCGMK's Avatar
    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.
    10-19-2008 10:41 PM
  21. Matt R.'s Avatar
    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.


    Matt
    10-21-2008 07:48 PM
  22. rafayj's Avatar
    I have heard there are bluetooth keyboards coming in the market just for the iPHONES soon. That would be pretty impressive.
    10-27-2008 05:06 AM
  23. Stevie No-Wonder's Avatar
    ...Having previously used a blackberry and Treo, I can tell you first hand that typing on one of those devices is much easier... I can't stand even sending short emails on mine iPhone.
    You're trying too hard. Those real keypads require pushing which results in more area of the thumbs taking up space. The iPhone's keypad only requires the lowest point of the curve of the thumb to barely touch the keys (about 1/8" diameter or less).
    12-23-2008 04:47 PM
  24. PeerB's Avatar
    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.
    01-06-2009 11:40 AM
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