Rumor: Apple Looking At iPhone With Keyboard Slide-Out

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WM

Rather than have a slide out keyboard from 5-10 years ago texting, why not move forward to something better. I'm thinking that Apple would really like to establish itself in the game market. Why not flip open like a Nintendo DS so you can have a D-pad and roughly 4 buttons. Much better for video games. So then you could get an Apple TV and play on the big screen or play the same games while mobile.

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CryojenX

Replace the keyboard with gamepad style control buttons and you'll have my vote.

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thealientrader

A slide out keyboard may be a cool draw for some, but I have never liked typing on those tiny buttons. I much prefer the virtual keyboard, so I am NOT interested going back, no matter who makes it. Besides the personal preference, a slide out keyboard is just more hardware to fail in the field! KISS is the rule to observe.

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macbookair13

I think it would be a bad idea, mostly because i like the touchscreen. However, as long as it is not bulky and is apple-like, i would get it.

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ilikeimac

I would not love a physical iPhone keyboard, but…

Has anyone made an iPhone case that has a slide-out keyboard?

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brina0214

I personally would LOVE it!! The only reason I went for the Blackberry Torch vs the iPhone is because it has the slide out keyboard and with as much typing as I do on it for work, I needed the security of touching the actual keys. This added feature would make me definitely switch from BB to iPhone!!

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ptech83

They have a case for that on thinkgeek website.

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Lexxie

DO NOT DO IT !!!

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Andarian

I don't mind the touch keyboard, but in some apps like IM+, you can tap above the keyboard, causing it to hide. This would be nice like in the Messages app when you like to type with a landscape keyboard, and the message you're replying to is long.

I have no doubt that some people would prefer the physical keys, but I think if Apple did some fine tuning with the touch keyboard, people would like it a lot more.

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stevengu

An iPhone with a physical keyboard is a bad idea. Trouble is, it simply takes up too much space on the device. And also, it doesn't fit with the Apple design.

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