Yet Another Physical Keyboard Add-On for iPhone Unveiled

Ion introduces physical keyboard for iPhone

With an increasing number of options being made available to use physical keyboards with an iPhone, you can call this a mini-industry of sorts. 

First, we had iPhone hackers wiring up their iPhone to a physical keyboard. Then we had iTwinge, which lets you attach an actual Blackberry-style keyboard to your iPhone. This was then followed by more sophisticated solutions like the recent BTStack Keyboard app for jailbroken iPhones

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) currently on at Las Vegas has introduced us to one solution. This comes from Ion, the manufacturers of USB turnables and cassette decks. Called the iType, it is a physical keyboard with a slot on top for users to fit in their iPhone. iType interacts with the iPhone through the device's docking port to help you type quicker with the keyboard. 

This is arguably the more sophisticated among all the keyboard add-ons to the iPhone so far. The manufacturers have indicated that the device might go on sale from the second quarter of this year at a price close to £70. 

If such physical keyboard solutions for the iPhone do not interest you, Ion has also come up with another device –  iDiscovery keyboard is a Piano simulator. This is similar to the iType keyboard where the users fit in their iPhone into the slot on top of the device. Once done, the iDiscovery keyboard interacts with the Keyboard tutor iPhone app to help you with your Piano lessons. 

Check out the images of the devices below: 

Ion introduces physical keyboard for iPhone

Ion introduces physical keyboard for iPhone

What do you think? Will you go for them? Tell us in the comments. 

[via Reg Hardware]

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  • Quick Silver

    1st, and those are just lame!

  • Hoobaloo

    When connected, it shouldn't show the damn virtual keyboard, come on.. screen real estate is very important on that small device..

    Also, this isn't portable, combine it with this and you got me interested.. I have to be able to take this with me easily.

  • TC

    if someone, somewhere, comes up with a solution like the folding keyboard that I had with my old Palm PDA, I'd have a look at it. (Be nice if there was a way to adapt that keyboard to accept the iphone connection. Fantasy, I know.) Cheers,

  • Colon Powell


  • For someone looking to do something like minimally practice piano on an airplane, or make their iPhone act more like a laptop, by all means, go for it. Would I buy it? In honesty, probably not. I've gotten quite used to the touch screen keyboard.

    Granted, they both ARE pretty cool.

  • I remember when the first iPhone/iPod Touch came out, there was a group of people who only made hardware mods, like microphones for the then-jailbroken-only skype app, or, like you said, a fold out keyboard. Granted, they aren't commercial, but it has been done before. Now that the iPhone SDK supports external hardware, we might actually get somewhere.

  • duston

    this is gay!
    the iphone isnt even on a damn angle towards you youd have to like type from above basically!.

    bluetooth keyboard all the way!

    dell bluetooth keyboard witha make shit holder on it to hold iphone 🙂 yay

  • TC

    was that makeSHIFT holder? or will a Dell holder actually shit something ? lol…

  • akrimay

    Part of the appeal of the IPHONE is the built-in least to get an actual keyboard pad would render it ridiculous in my opinion.. cheers!