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Seacrest has the Midas touch; Typo sells out pre-order inventory

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Seacrest has the Midas touch; Typo sells out pre-order inventory
On the same date that American Idol makes its 13th season debut, host Ryan Seacrest has something else to celebrate. The company he founded, Typo, has sold out of its pre-order inventory. The $99 snap-on QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5 has received generally positive reviews. The initial pre-orders (those made before January 12th) will be shipped at the end of this month, while a new batch of inventory will arrive by the end of February.

There still is a little matter of the lawsuit filed by BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM says that the Typo keyboard is a copy of its physical QWERTY keyboards like the one employed on the BlackBerry Q10, right down to the frets. Typo responded by saying that the suit "lacks merit."

"We’re excited about all of the positive feedback Typo has generated and we’re working hard to ensure that we get as many keyboards in consumers hands as soon as possible."-Laurence Hallier, CEO, Typo

Meanwhile, it looks like Typo just might have some traction after all. The company claims that the product improves typing speeds by 50% on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.

source: Typo via Bloomberg

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posted on 15 Jan 2014, 13:38 1

1. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


way to go....... now apple will rock the world of crackberry people too

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 13:39

2. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


slap to android, where oem long abandoned qwerty
im a diehard qwerty fan, love this combination of new meets vintage

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 14:31 1

5. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


vintage? lol since when is 2003 vintage?

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 20:32

12. Doakie (Posts: 1268; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Have fun with your sherbert vomit OS.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 13:47

3. c.django (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jan 2014)


there is an improvement of typing speed but 50% come on don't brainwash peoples mind.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 14:07

4. c.django (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jan 2014)


how stupid are those people who will buy this sh*t , instead bying iphone and this qwerty , buy blackberry then. as it was logicaly iphone became famous because you can type on the screen a full touch screen.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 14:43

6. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Blackberry sue them sue them now!! Stolen Product

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 14:53 2

7. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Straight copying. Thought it was a blackberry. bloody shameless.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 15:07 6

8. H3Drvr (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Maybe the headline for this article should have read "Blackberry improves iPhone by 50%"

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 16:03 3

9. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The claim that it makes you type 50% faster (if you're everybody and anybody) is absolute bull**** - also, that peripheral attachment makes the phone look even uglier lol.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 16:39 1

10. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I would type faster on touchscreen keyboard than the physical one because you don't have to click the curved buttons down. Instead, it's a light touch on the screen which makes my fingers feel lighter and faster. Autocorrect on swiftkey has also been pretty good for me, but of course that is for Android. If I were to get an iPhone, I would definitely not waste my money on that copied material even if it was half the price of what it is right now.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 17:33

11. nctx77 (Posts: 534; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Honestly, I think this product is great for business professionals. I also think that this is who their target market is. It's not about looking good, but added functionality for a business phone. I can see companies buying this by the truck load for their employees. For everybody else, touch screen is more than enough to type a quick text or internet search etc.

I heard that blackberry is trying to work out a partnership with them.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 00:35

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5855; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It certainly looks better (and you get iOS in the bargain, too) than BB's Q series. If Typo were to make a keyboard cover for the Maxx, I would seriously consider dropping $100 for it.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:03

14. linaresx (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Meanwile back on Venus, Steve Jobs spit takes a rainbow on Elvis's face.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:09

15. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


BlackBerry needs to license their applicable QWERTY patent to them. If others try to do the copy cat thing afterward, then sue like mad. A little money for someone else's effort would be nice for BlackBerry. It would be nicer if BB could sue the living snot out of them, but they are really anemic right now, so why not just get $5 or $10 a pop from Typo for doing almost nothing?

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