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

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."

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

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1440 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x



15. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 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?

14. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

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

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

10. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2428; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

8. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

7. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

6. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Blackberry sue them sue them now!! Stolen Product

4. c.django

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

3. c.django

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 09, 2014

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

1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

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

2. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

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

5. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

vintage? lol since when is 2003 vintage?

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Have fun with your sherbert vomit OS.

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