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  • Apple Testing Slide-Out iPhone 5? Really?

    A Taiwanese website that has a had a decent track record of verified iPhone leaks is claiming today that Apple is evaluating 3 different hardware prototypes of the iPhone 5, one of them including a slide-out keyboard. The Google translation of the report on tw.Apple.pro is pretty hard to understand, but seems to indicate that in addition to the slide-out model, there will also be an updated "traditional" iPhone with minor under-the-hood improvements compared to the iPhone 4.

    It's not clear from the googletrans what the phrase "sliding cover" refers to, but it may suggest a physical keyboard that slides out from the case. In addition to this model, Apple is supposedly testing an iPhone 5 that is styled like the iPhone 4 but with a longer-lasting battery and a better camera. Like the upgrade from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS, then, it would be an evolution rather than a redesign, which is in line with recent reports. There is no description at all of the third prototype, though this might refer to the "iPhone mini" that has generated so much buzz of late.

    There are - obviously - a lot of things to question in this report. The iPhone's touchscreen is perhaps its most fundamental element, and so the idea of a slide-out keyboard pretty much flies in the face of Apple's whole design aesthetic. Steve Jobs explained back in 2007 why Apple decided not to put a keyboard on the iPhone, saying that once you do "it's there forever and [it's] hard to change the buttons to work with different applications." However, for some users learning to type on a touchscreen is a significant barrier, so it may be that Apple has decided to include this as sort of "training wheels" for those customers.

    The report would be laughable if Apple.pro hadn't got it right on numerous occasions. In 2008, they showed off the unibody MacBook before it was released, and in July of last year revealed the small touchscreen which would eventually turn up in the new multitouch iPod nano months later. Last year, they previewed the white iPhone 4 bezel before the phone was even announced, and showed off an iPhone 4 battery in June. So this is not necessarily something you can laugh off... yet.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Testing Slide-Out iPhone 5? Really? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 132 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by ramicio View Post
      It will save a lot of people from getting into accidents for texting while driving. I can't even do it anymore since phones started losing keys because I used to be able to type a message and send it without looking at the phone at all. There are no points of reference for typing anymore.
      Get Vlingo or HeyTell
    1. DNAlex's Avatar
      DNAlex -
      what a stupid thought...
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      are you all kidding? a slide out keyboard would be amazing. touch keyboards are lame
    1. Blackonion's Avatar
      Blackonion -
      Quote Originally Posted by adam.barb View Post

      Is this real?
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackonion View Post
      Is this real?
      Probably just a case
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by DNAlex View Post
      what a stupid thought...
      It was a joke!

      There really is a need for sarcasm font!!!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackonion View Post
      Is this real?
      IAgain, t's a case
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Why's everyone so fricking scared of a real keyboard ?
      It would only ever be an option - not a replacement.

      A lot of people (think BB users) won't buy iPhones because they need a physical KB.

      Agreed, PKB's are pretty uncool because they don't handle well - but well implemented they could handle sufficiently to make them usable.

      Looking 'cool' and minimalist aesthetics count for zilch if a device is unusable for half the market.
    1. Pr. TOSHIBA's Avatar
      Pr. TOSHIBA -
      In a way I'm for the simplistic design that the iPhone already has, but at the same time I love the keyboard on my HTC G2/Desire Z (which I am typing this post with). I think Apple could pull off a keyboard if it is a good design that doesnt take away from the great simple, sleek design that the iPhone already has.
      I would have never liked the idea of a physical keyboard on an iPhone if I hadnt gotten the G2. You people who think it is a bad idea must try one of these.
    1. jrusty's Avatar
      jrusty -
      Hey i kind of like this as long as its still thin and still has the onscreen keyboard
    1. bushroot718's Avatar
      bushroot718 -
      the same ones saying
      "omg i would never buy that!"
      will be the ones first in line to buy it....
      we dont believe you, you need more people.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      "I hate buttons, you're lucky you even got ONE"

      ~Steve Jobs