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    iPhone lacks a physical keyboard. Many users have complained so far but Apple is firm about its decision on not to have one. As a result, some have come up with a mod to use iPhone with external keyboards.

    Ubiqkcom has made a hack that enables use of Apple Wireless Keyboard to type on the iPhone! It is based on the Bluetooth stack developed by researchers at ETH Zurich.

    It uses the device’s Bluetooth hardware to connect to the Bluetooth keyboard and does work with all the applications that use on-screen keyboard (umm.. all!). The best of all is the fact that you just need to jailbreak, no hardware mods necessary!

    In the video, the iPhone is in airplane mode kept side-by-side with a wireless Apple keyboard, which confirms that the mod involves no use of the Wi-fi hardware, just the bluetooth. Also, it uses the simple mechanism for “key event” which further confirms no use of a VNC server or localhost.

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    A noticeable thing in the video is the absence of Bluetooth icon in the status bar...

    Hope to see this mod go live for public use soon!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Wireless Keyboard working with iPhone! started by sayam View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by lillewis51 View Post
      wait with no bluetooth icon how is it connected?

      Using their own bluetooth client.
    1. Neo-Tech's Avatar
      Neo-Tech -
      Already seen this a couple weeks back.

    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      When will this be released? I have a folding BT keyboard that I bought for a WM phone a few years ago.
      Vome to think of it, I never used it then so I doubt if I'll use it now.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Actually it's Apple making life more complicated than it should be by not providing a full set of working Bluetooth profiles for their PC-wannabe-iPod-touch-with-telephone-feature device.

      Also, what do you mean by the second last sentence? Makes no sense at all.
      I think he is saying that Apple never planned to make their keyboards usable with the touch.
    1. aussiebob's Avatar
      aussiebob -
      This is great news ...I think.
      Able to use a a bluetooth keyboard,Bluetooth car kit or hands free.
      All we need now is a voice activated answer like the Sony Ericssons used to have and it will be Iphone with an untouch srceen.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Neo-Tech View Post
      Already seen this a couple weeks back.

      You are cooler than the rest then..
    1. cscho0415's Avatar
      cscho0415 -
      we at the ibpt (iphone bluetooth project) are good friends with ralph and applaud him for his work
    1. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cscho0415 View Post
      we at the ibpt (iphone bluetooth project) are good friends with ralph and applaud him for his work
      dont u mean ibtp? well w.e...are your methods similar to the video shown? Oh and did you ever work out that thing with medevil? I havnt seen his app yet...
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      I'm excited about this. I look fwd to using it in the future. :-)
    1. kingskid07's Avatar
      kingskid07 -
      This will be great!!! I used to use a portable keyboard with my Palm Treo 650 and wished it was available for the iPhone. I would not be opposed to carrying a keyboard in my bag. Sometimes a full laptop just isn't needed. I guess that's totally subjective in light of the various walks of life. I'm looking forward to putting this discovery to good use~
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Does anyone know if it will work with roll out keyboards like I had with my PPC 8700? That would be nice to dust that thing off and get some use out of it.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Great now all we need is a gizmo to project the screen.
    1. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      i was just thinking imagine this with the video out app...crazy
    1. mightyPhone's Avatar
      mightyPhone -
      Hey this so cool, I have an Apple wireless keyboard, I have been dying to be able to do this. Where can I get the app? I can't find it in Cydia. All I need now is to hook my 22" monitor to the iPhone to make it a true Mac Mini!!! )
    1. Stephen Brown's Avatar
      Stephen Brown -
      We managed to get an external keyboard working on iPhone OS 2.0 with no jailbreaking:

      iPhone Keyboard - no Jailbreaking required, using 2.0 SDK | Perceptive Development Labs
    1. frede's Avatar
      frede -
      I thought the new hardware / software allowed 3rd party hardware
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      That's pretty crazy. Keep the break throughs coming!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I have a great bluetooth keyboard that I would never use with this tweak. Couple it with VNC though and I may just give it a whirl.
    1. ihaz3g's Avatar
      ihaz3g -
      this is so cool
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      very cool!