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Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99

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Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone(s aapl). How else do you explain the Typo iPhone Keyboard, a $99 accessory that’s backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? After two years in development — spawned by Seacrest tired of carrying two phones all the time — the Typo iPhone Keyboard arrives in mid-January and is now available for pre-order.

This isn’t the first such iPhone accessory to hit the market, but it looks more promising than most; particularly if you are or were a happy BlackBerry(s bbry) smartphone user. In fact, I wonder what the BlackBerry folks think of the Typo, since it it looks extremely similar to what you’d find on an old ‘Berry. Take a look:

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The backlit keyboard connects to an iPhone 5 or 5s through a Bluetooth connection and actually doubles as a case for your handset. Made in two pieces, the Typo completely covers the back of an iPhone when the two halves are connected. The keyboard still provides access to the iPhone’s microphone, speaker and lightning connector dock. And it reportedly provides 40 percent more display since the software keyboard won’t be taking up space on-screen.

A review unit of the Typo iPhone Keyboard is on the way, so I’ll see how it works and report back in.

19 Responses to “Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99”

  1. So with all of Apple’s advancement in multi-touch keyboards this is what they consider an innovation?

    – No support for different character sets i.e English, French, Chinese etc..
    – No support for emoji
    – No support for typing in landscape
    – No support for scaled up keys incase a person has fat fingers
    – No support for drag and spell technologies

    This is the biggest leap backward in mobile accessory I have seen in years.

    ULTIMATE GARBAGE. Stick to being a host sea breath.

  2. I am surprised that BB didn’t offer this in it’s attempt at a rebirth. However, I would have made the BB change screen size because I would want the keyboard to cover part of the screen in order to *maintain* the overall form factor. Well done, Mr. Seacrest!

  3. Obama's big butt wife

    What a silly waste of time and money. Most texts are 95% accurate with the built in spell check dictionary. Of course there will be a few typos. You’re not writing an English essay when your texting. Ryan Seacrest just needs to count his money and bang as many babes he can. Maybe he is a homo after all. Why else would he back a fag attachment?

  4. Nicholas Paredes

    What would be interesting is a BBM keyboard that launched a messaging app with a special key. The full screen is quite helpful for writing. And, I write a fair amount on my iPhone.

  5. HurryUp Jones

    That the designers advertise that they don’t know the difference between “less” and “fewer” explains why they’d make something so superfluous.

  6. David Embree

    1st off, good idea, and seems like a reasonable form-factor.

    My one red flag:
    It blocks the home button???? Really?
    Hopefully it’s easy to slide down to access home.