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    Default Apple Wireless Keyboard working with iPhone!

    video below!

    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.



    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!

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    im looking forward too it

    sayam: the videos are screwed up

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    As great as it is to have a tangible keyboard for the iPhone, but I believe its totally useless to have huge keyboard around for typing. People used to be demanding for a virtual keyboard, now they are not completely satisfied. Shows that market demand is never-ending for Apple consumers. I also don't think Apple had jailbreaking iPhone in their mind to get this wireless keyboard working with it. Why make life more difficult than it already is?

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    this is sweet. although i dont see the use for it much.

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    The thing on top is a screenshot. Second is the video.

    As per Ubiqkcom, it can be used with other HID keyboards as well though I don't know what HID part means

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    Human Interface Device

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    You must be like a genius or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
    Human Interface Device
    Thank God you stepped in to help me

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    Man, that's actually pretty cool. Can't wait for all the other possibilities with Bluetooth if this is any indication!
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    Indication!?! Check http://ibluetoothproject.com/ for more indications then

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    People that are saying/ thinking this is useless... if nothing else it proves that things can be done with the bluetooth that Apple had claimed cannot. great news
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    This is awesome! It could end up being handy from time to time, I'd think.

    Any word on if it would work using the keyboard on a PowerBook/MacBook/MBP? (Yes, I realize that would almost be useless since you've got the computer right there... but it'd still be fun to tinker with.)
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    This is the niftiest thing ive heard all day

    Actually, this could prove very useful down the road, and like already stated....just goes to show more can be done than initially expected.

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    Sweet! I just bought a apple wireless keyboard for my hackintosh mini 9.
    Android user suffering from iPhone withdraw.

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    ive been waiting for this for forever. this is the 2nd tease from this website, and dont even get me started with ibluetooth project> I guess I shouldnt complain considering its basically free...but im so anxious!
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    I bet this could be pretty useful. Sitting around and texting or replying to a quick e-mail or something.

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    this is great now I when my parents get me grounded Im using this for better chat
    xD

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    Are there any bluetooth keyboards that allow pairing to multiple computers with some sort of "quick switch" option? It would be amazingly cool if I could have a bluetooth keyboard paired to my iPhone at work and at home so I could switch to the iPhone when I wanted to text and then switch back to the computer easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenleaf187 View Post
    As great as it is to have a tangible keyboard for the iPhone, but I believe its totally useless to have huge keyboard around for typing. People used to be demanding for a virtual keyboard, now they are not completely satisfied. Shows that market demand is never-ending for Apple consumers. I also don't think Apple had jailbreaking iPhone in their mind to get this wireless keyboard working with it. Why make life more difficult than it already is?
    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.

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    wait with no bluetooth icon how is it connected?

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