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  • Apple Considered Using Physical Keyboard for the iPhone

    In a recent interview with The Verge, the former Apple executive Tony Fadell revealed that Apple narrowed down the original design of the iPhone to three prototypes before introducing the phone in January 2007.

    The final designs according to him were an iPod-phone hybrid, an undisclosed version which was also called the “iPhone” and the final model that reached customers’ hands. When asked about his personal opinion, Fadell said that he recognized the potential of a virtual keyboard and would of even went as far as waiting for the technology instead of going with a hardware option. Jobs ended up siding with Fadell’s point of view and both ended up seeing the success their decision had created. Before the iPhone hit the market, the general trend was heavily skewed towards QWERTY keyboards. This was a time when Research in Motion dominated the market, implementing physical keyboards in all of its designs included the BlackBerry Pearl, which was popular.

    One of the major drawbacks to early virtual keyboards was the ease of use as the overarching resisting touchscreen technology was far from being intuitive and many applications often required the use of a stylus. The iPhone ended up introducing capacitive touchscreens to the consumer, which allowed Apple to create a device that was not only sleek but also user friendly than many other smartphones. After the debut of the iPhone, the overall market began to shift to multitouch screen technology and slowly move away from physical keyboards. Although some users still prefer the tactile feedback that a hardware solution provides, more people seem to prefer the ease of use and design of the virtual keyboard.

    Source: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Considered Using Physical Keyboard for the iPhone started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Like I said, they rejected it years ago.

      If you need a physical keyboard maybe you should buy a Blackberry? It's not going to happen on an iPhone so I wouldn't hold your breath...
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Knehcs View Post
      Of course they considered it-- it would be irresponsible not to investigate the current trend to see if it was a route worth taking. After this "consideration," they decided against it. I don't see why this would be surprising to anyone.
      PMSL, I came here to write pretty much that.

      Agreed, pretty pointless article. Of course they considered it. They didn't just go "let's make an apple phone, no wait, an "iPhone", yes that's what we'll call it, and it MUST have touchscreen, or the world will end..."
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathOfLife View Post
      I know I would like a slide out keyboard don't lie apple touch screen is good and all but I can't type fast without making 100 mistakes and apple not knowing the simplest autocorrect and also Apple it's rare that I start off a text saying to stop correcting my yo lol
      Go back to physical QWERTYs then. If you actually use the iPhone long enough, it'll edit the dictionary and add your "yo".