iPhone gets a decent keyboard
But no Apple approval
Developers have managed to hack together a Human Interface driver for the iPhone, allowing any Bluetooth keyboard to be used on jailbroken iPhones.
The software doesn't work in all applications, but does connect most applications to the kind of travel keyboard which is making laptops redundant, even if it can't do copy and paste just yet.
The iPhone's soft keyboard might be OK for a pair of thumbs, but touch typists prefer something physical to work with and Apple's failure to support Bluetooth human interface peripherals is hard to understand unless Cupertino is worried it might eat into laptop sales.
Certainly a Windows Phone device with a copy of SoftMaker's office package, and a decent keyboard, is very comparable to a netbook with the added advantage of being pocketable - it'll even underline spelling mistakes in red, which is surely what computers are for. But to do that one has to use a Windows Phone: a high price to pay.
But perhaps keyboards are a little too 20th Century for Mr. Jobs. We'd like to see an Apple-branded Twiddler II for connection to our iPhone 3, or something even more interesting. Unfortunately it's much more likely we'll just see official support for the Human Interface profile an update or two down the road, along with a pretty white folding keyboard bearing the Apple logo.
Until then, the functionality is limited to those prepared to jailbreak their iPhones. But it's another decent incentive to do so. ®
The number of stories are a measure of how popular iPhone stories are. We can't ignore what people want to read about.
I prefer technical articles to the glamor articles which pass for news these days.
Technical articles are good, satirical entertainment is good, unfortunately I have to put up with the rest. The register used to stand out as a unique news source, but now I read it mostly as a matter of habit.
... or bitch about.
Or comment on. Even if it is just to complain about the quota of Apple stories. Personally my day isn't complete if I've not read some fanboi-targetted vitriol on the El Reg forums ;-)
Like I've said before...
I'd buy an iphone if it wasn't for the way they have tied it up.
You lose a customer here, Apple, you hear? Na, you don't give a crap do you...
Coming soon to an Apple Store near you: iDentures. The problem with keyboards is all those damn keys, it is inelegant. Now which part of the human anatomy has lots of knobs that generally are not used for anything except during short intervals when a keyboard wouldn't be used anyhow?
Yep, teeth. The new iDentures will fit into your mouth and be connected via Bluetooth to the iPhone. Each "tooth" resonates at a unique frequency picked up via a downloadable iApp for what I assure you is a mere pittance. All one need do is tap a tooth with a tongue...doesn't even have to be your own. Those with wisdom teeth gain an extra 4 characters and eligible for the Steve Jobs Effervescent Glow Club. Plus there is the cool retro-look you'll gain by appearing as a 13 year old with braces.