iPhone 5 and necessity of physical keyboards

By Posted 14 Feb 2012, 16:31

There are many who believe that Apple will be launching an all new iPhone this year after just a minor specification bump last time round. When the original model was first released it revolutionized touchscreen smartphones, which led to rival companies bringing out their own take on the technology. There are some mobile users who prefer to use a physical keyboard though, and today we are looking at the iPhone 5 and the necessity of physical keyboards for some people.

Some smartphone users would think it pretty strange that some people like to type on a physical QWERTY keyboard instead of a touchscreen. Previously there has been many concept ideas thought up by ingenious people, some of which you can see below in a collection videos.

While this sort of technology will probably not make it onto the iPhone 5, it could be better suited to accessories in the future. There are many consumers who like the Asus Transformer Prime with its optional keyboard dock, and having something similar for the iPhone may go down well with many iPhone fans.

Already there are a number of options for the current iPhone, which include the likes of cases that act as a slide out keyboard for the handset. Below you can see a video of a product from Boxwave that shows an iPhone 4/4S case, which also features a slide out Bluetooth keyboard. There has been some criticism for this case though with some users complaining it makes the iPhone feel too bulky.

The battery life has been the cause of concern for many owners of the iPhone 4S, and this has to be remembered when thinking of purchasing a case of this type. While there was some disappointment with the iPhone 4S for those that were waiting for something new a radical to be released. Apple will probably have something new for the next iPhone, and while they may not be as radical as some of the ideas seen in the videos below, the company could surprise everyone with something special.

How much do you want to see change in the iPhone 5? What ideas would you like to see implemented into the next version? Thanks to iPhone Rumors.

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  • LG

    A physical keyboard on an iPhone?  That is about as stupid as the new ‘roid phone that uses a stylus. Well, people still support Barry H. O. so I guess there is still a lot of stupid out there…

  • Terryjambo

    This article is garbage. Why would anyone want this? If you want a physical keyboard by a pay as you go phone or an iphone knock off (Samsung). I do not want a 3 inch thick phone, if Apple releases this crap I am buying a Windows phone. Please write more realistic articles.

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