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Redesigned Typo 2 physical keyboard for Apple's iPhone 5 & 5s now available for preorder

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After being slapped with an injunction because of similarities to BlackBerry keyboards, the Typo physical keyboard for iPhone has been redesigned in a new second-generation model that will begin shipping in mid-September.




In what was likely a bid to avoid future litigation, the new Typo 2, which is now available for preorder, is redesigned with a look that further differentiates it from the keyboards on BlackBerry smartphones. The product is backed by celebrity presenter and radio host Ryan Seacrest, who helped drum up hype for the first -- now banned -- product earlier this year.

The Typo 2 is now available from its official website for $99, with the first orders shipping in mid-September.

"Typo 2 was born out of a desire for efficiency," the product description reads. "For several years, many of our friends and colleagues carried two phones: one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else."




The people behind Typo believe that physical keyboards are superior to the virtual buttons featured on Apple's iPhone. Their product was in development for two years, and the company calls it "an indespensible business tool that people simply can't live without."

The original Typo Bluetooth keyboard launched for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s early this year, but was quickly met with a lawsuit from BlackBerry which alleged the design too closely represented its own popular physical keyboards. BlackBerry quickly won an injunction and barred sales of the Typo in the U.S.
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More bad new for Blackberry 1wink.gif

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post #3 of 29
I actually like this product but I don't like it $99 worth. Not yet anyhow.
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Just in time for the iPhone 6.  Well planned.

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No thanks.  I've used the predictive typing in iOS 8 beta.  I'll stick with that.

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How could you ever buy a product like this without trying it first. Where can you try one?
post #7 of 29
Blackberry? More like Backburied, as in buried in the back yard where they belong.
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How do you access home button?
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How do you access home button?

You hit alt-cmd-delete on the keyboard ;;-)

 

Just kidding... it appears like it slides down (note the way the keyboard dovetails into the case)

post #10 of 29
I have the original one and I love it! I'm sure the 2nd one is great also 1smile.gif
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
"For several years, many of our friends and colleagues carried two phones: one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else."

 

But then they were run over by a delivery truck taking a load of sanity to Stupidville.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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The five adults in my immediate family that have iPhones are all business types. None of them appears to have any trouble using the touch screen keyboard. Some people refuse to change just because. They don’t even want to try. A minority of squawkers is making a bunch of noise about physical keyboards as the world moves on. Where have we heard that mantra before? Why the “matte screen” MacBook squawkers who, to this very day, rage on about their glossy screens and how they can’t see anything. Screw ‘em all. Where they gonna go anyway? 

post #13 of 29
$99 does seem a bit much for a tiny keyboard, but you're getting a case with that. If you were going to buy a $30 case anyway, that cuts the price to $69.

Their website is a bit short of details like battery life. Hopefully that'll come later.
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Who are care about stupid blackberry physical keyboard
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Who are care about stupid blackberry physical keyboard

I are care!.. I are baboon!

Apple increments product features one bite at a time...hence the logo. Want the next big thing? You're gonna have to pick another fruit from the Apple Tree.

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Apple increments product features one bite at a time...hence the logo. Want the next big thing? You're gonna have to pick another fruit from the Apple Tree.

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How do you access home button?


Bottom-left key.

post #17 of 29
So this tiny little company gets slapped with an injunction yet the scumbag Samsung was allowed to continue to sell their direct copies of iPhones and iPads with absolute abandon. Our country is broken, politically and legally.
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So this tiny little company gets slapped with an injunction yet the scumbag Samsung was allowed to continue to sell their direct copies of iPhones and iPads with absolute abandon. Our country is broken, politically and legally.

It was a simple singular product, a keyboard, and it wasn't hard to see the similarities. Open and shut case. Is that really difficult to comprehend?
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post #19 of 29
Not gonna fit the new iPhone 6 in a couple of months.
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Originally Posted by rkevwill View Post
Not gonna fit the new iPhone 6 in a couple of months.

 

It won’t fit it now. ;)

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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post #21 of 29
Typo, this is the 80s calling, we want our poop back
post #22 of 29
I'd be wary of buying a new keyboard until I know if it will work with the new iPhones that would be released in a few months' time
post #23 of 29
I recently got the Apple wireless keyboard to use when I don't want to turn on my computer to write a lot of e-mails. It works beautifully! Of course it's not something you'd put in your pocket, but it fits well in a briefcase/messenger bag and is nicely designed, well-built, and costs a lot less than this!
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Blackberry should have just licensed the tech to them...at least they would have a revenue stream into their flounderingness of a company.

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How do you access home button?
Bottom left key

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"For several years, many of our friends and colleagues carried two phones: one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else."

But then they were run over by a delivery truck taking a load of sanity to Stupidville.

Very funny!
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Who are care about stupid blackberry physical keyboard
I are care!.. I are baboon!

Indeed—Blackberry's last remaining demographic, not withstanding Cooks, who have a habit of eating Blackberries for lunch.
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Not gonna fit the new iPhone 6 in a couple of months.

It won’t fit it now. 1wink.gif

Nor the iPhone 8.
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I'd be wary of buying a new keyboard until I know if it will work with the new iPhones that would be released in a few months' time

Good news: the new iPhones will have keyboards built-in. Ain't that clever?
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