Typo 2 ready for pre-orders; physical QWERTY for Apple iPhone to ship in September

Typo 2 ready for pre-orders; physical QWERTY for Apple iPhone to ship in September
The problem with Ryan Seacrest's Typo physical keyboard accessory for the Apple iPhone, never had to do with the product itself. The problem, at least as far as BlackBerry saw it, was that the keyboard itself looked like it was copied from the BlackBerry Q10, or even the BlackBerry Bold 9930. That led BlackBerry to take Typo to court where it was given a preliminary injunction against the keyboard manufacturer.

Facing a legal ban, Typo had two choices. It could give up and quit, or it could re-design the keyboard so that it wouldn't resemble a BlackBerry QWERTY. Typo decided to go for the latter, which means that its looks are no longer an issue. What is left is a useful accessory for anyone who types a lot on their iPhone. The Typo 2 is available for pre-orders from the official website for $99, and Typo plans to begin shipping in September. The original Typo was available for the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5. The new Typo 2 website doesn't mention which models it works on, but we would imagine that it would be available for the same two versions of the iPhone.

The origin of Typo has been told before, but with the new Typo 2 being promoted, we shall repeat it. Reportedly, television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest was carrying around two phones. He used a BlackBerry for messaging, because of the physical QWERTY, and an Apple iPhone for everything else. Apparently, someone asked why the BlackBerry keyboard couldn't be added to the iPhone screen, and Typo was born. The original model was said to increase typing speed on Apple's smartphone by 50%, although no such claim appears on the current website.

The Typo 2 will start shipping in September

The Typo 2 will start shipping in September


source: Typo2 via AppleInsider

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6 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another FAIL by Typo. This looks like the keyboard on the Motorola Admiral.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Based on the photo above, it looks the same to me. What design workarounds did they do?

3. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Yo smurf. What phones do you use and what do you expect from the i6 and Note 4?

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The keys are slanted now.

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

A Seacrest tech product? It should be aptly called QUEERTY then

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What a horrible angle Typo 2 used to showcase the product.

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