1. johnpalley's Avatar
    i like the iphone alot but i wont buy one because its touch screen and i like verizons network. if apple came out with a device similar to the blackberry with a keypad i would buy one immediately! do they have any plans in the future to come out with this? does anybody think they wil sometime?
    03-18-2009 10:52 PM
  2. Duvi's Avatar
    Jobs has an issue with physical keys.
    03-19-2009 12:01 AM
  3. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    Buttons of any kind, really

    Rubenstein (former head of iPod division) wanted a keyboard, rumor has it, Jobs didn't. The iPhone has no keyboard, Rubenstein is now at Palm, Palm Pre has iPhone-like features, and a keyboard...

    It's unlikely Apple will do a keyboard in the near future, but if it's a must have, almost every other platform has at least one form factor (or more!) with keyboards.

    Personally, I'm happier with the iPhone, but we're lucky we have so much choice!
    03-19-2009 12:08 AM
  4. Brickman's Avatar
    I would be a little surprised if they did. Once you get use to the virtual keyboard and "how" to type on it. You actually get rather fast on it. I am just as fast and accurate on my iPhone as I was my Treos.

    The trick is to 1) "touch" the keys. Don't "press". You have to re-train your thumbs. 2) "Use the FORCE Luke" Trust the auto-correction. It really works!
    03-19-2009 12:14 AM
  5. chiguypaul's Avatar
    I don't see this happening. Apple's entire approach to mobile devices is to have fewer moving parts.
    03-19-2009 12:30 AM
  6. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Everyone seems to be gettng away from physical keyboards. I felt the same about the touch screen until I took the time to really sit down and try it. You really do text just as fast if not faster than a physical keyboard.
    03-19-2009 12:57 AM
  7. Microcosmos's Avatar
    Plus one of the benefits of a soft keyboard is the quick and easy switch between all kinds of characters, like $ & @ and + = and support for other languages with the į and even !
    03-19-2009 01:08 AM
  8. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Yeah, touch is taking over. BB gave it their best!
    03-19-2009 01:11 AM
  9. Jeffdc5#IM's Avatar
    It will come one day people refuse to buy it now because of the lack of keyboard
    03-19-2009 02:27 PM
  10. inkedgeek's Avatar
    I hope not!!!! that is what separates the iphone user from the rest, the ability to use the on screen key board. Yes at first its a bit annoying but after awhile we became pros.
    03-19-2009 02:43 PM
  11. Jeffdc5#IM's Avatar
    Eventually apple will need a new customer base hardcore business people won't use an all touchscreen phone.
    03-19-2009 02:49 PM
  12. Stevie No-Wonder's Avatar
    Not only won't they ever add physical keyboards to iPhones, but they will eliminate them from the Macs when the time is right.
    03-19-2009 03:34 PM
  13. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I can see it happening, but then I can't see it happening.. weird.
    03-19-2009 04:22 PM
  14. Jeremy's Avatar
    As long as Steve Jobs has anything to do with it, no there will not be a physical keyboard on a iPhone. He's made comments on much he hates cheap plastic keys on phones. Which I agree with. If it ain't broke... don't fix it.
    03-19-2009 05:22 PM
  15. sting7k's Avatar
    Steve Jobs is like the crusader against buttons. I'm sure deep in the Apple labs they are working on brain implants so soon you will get one and be able to just think about what you want to do and it will start happening on the screen.

    How would any keyboard keep up with that? Also judging by the huge number of touch screen mobiles coming that hard keyboards may be found on only a few devices soon.
    Last edited by sting7k; 03-19-2009 at 07:48 PM.
    03-19-2009 07:45 PM
  16. johnpalley's Avatar
    i guess it doesnt look good for a apple phone with a keypad. im just gonna have to stick with my blackberry. its all good. you will never see me buy a phone or a computer that doesnt have a keypad and i think alot of other people feel the same way. they should release 2 types of iphones. one with a keypad and one without, then they can dominate the whole market because apple got the best browser.
    Last edited by johnpalley; 03-19-2009 at 09:15 PM.
    03-19-2009 09:10 PM
  17. aureatenova's Avatar
    i dont think so....its what made the iphone so different than other pdas
    03-19-2009 09:20 PM
  18. johnpalley's Avatar
    i dont think so....its what made the iphone so different than other pdas
    you dont think theres alot of people like me who only wants a phone with a keypad? look at obama to, he got a blackberry. there gotta be a lot of business people that dont like touchscreens.
    Last edited by johnpalley; 03-19-2009 at 09:39 PM.
    03-19-2009 09:32 PM
  19. Brickman's Avatar
    Eventually apple will need a new customer base hardcore business people won't use an all touchscreen phone.
    Two things: 1) The general public is much larger than the hardcore business user. That is who Apple is marketing to the most right now. Business is an added bonus 2) I know plenty of people at NASA that use an iPhone. I think they would be qualified as hardcore business people.

    Right now BB dominates the Business Market mainly because of how secure the device is. But not all hardcore business people, including myself and my company, need that security.
    03-19-2009 10:14 PM
  20. johnpalley's Avatar
    Two things: 1) The general public is much larger than the hardcore business user. That is who Apple is marketing to the most right now. Business is an added bonus 2) I know plenty of people at NASA that use an iPhone. I think they would be qualified as hardcore business people.

    Right now BB dominates the Business Market mainly because of how secure the device is. But not all hardcore business people, including myself and my company, need that security.
    brickman, when you say secure, specificly what do you mean by that? ive heard people say that in the past. i have a blackberry and i would like to understand what your talking about?
    03-19-2009 11:01 PM
  21. Brickman's Avatar
    JP, I am not an IT guy, but I think it has to do with the "way" info is transmitted thru the device and to/from the server. (ie.BES) Someone much smarter than me will have to give a better explanation. :o The iPhone went a long way with Business People when it supported M$ Exchange servers and got "remote wipe" like a BB in case it was lost.
    03-19-2009 11:49 PM
  22. johnpalley's Avatar
    JP, I am not an IT guy, but I think it has to do with the "way" info is transmitted thru the device and to/from the server. (ie.BES) Someone much smarter than me will have to give a better explanation. :o The iPhone went a long way with Business People when it supported M$ Exchange servers and got "remote wipe" like a BB in case it was lost.
    would i be right in saying its harder to tap in to emails of blackberry users than iphone users? the info is more private? if anyone knows more about this please post.
    03-20-2009 08:57 AM
  23. wolves's Avatar
    I don't think a physical keyboard would work well with the way the iPhone is set up. I hope they just keep the virtual one.
    03-21-2009 11:41 AM
  24. johnpalley's Avatar
    thanks for the info everyone
    03-22-2009 04:53 PM
  25. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I'd be interested in seeing a slider set-up but it would have to be very nicely done as most sliders are cheap IMO.
    03-22-2009 07:24 PM
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