Due to its killer user interface and ease of use, many iPhone users have been able to at least semi-replace their notebooks or netbooks with their beloved iPhone’s. However, right from its inception, easier text entries on the Apple’s smartphone has been the desire of many. This could currently be only achieved on a jailbroken iPhone by connecting a bluetooth keyboard via BTStack app from Cydia. But now, ION, a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology has announced iTYPE, the world’s first desktop keyboard designed exclusively for iPhone.

iType Keyboard for iPhone

iTYPE features a standard QWERTY keyboard layout with full-sized keys and complete functionality of a desktop keyboard. ION unveiled iTYPE at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7 to 10, 2010.

iTYPE Keyboard is first of its kind peripheral that transforms a handheld device from a touch-screen smartphone into an ultra-portable computer. The keyboard is extremely useful for travelers, vacationers and other iPhone users on the go. The key features of iTYPE are as follows.

  • Computer keyboard transforms iPhone into ultra-portable computer
  • Travelers and vacationers can now travel without laptop computer
  • Faster text input than on-screen keyboard

This what Gregg Stein, Managing Director of ION had to say about iTYPE:

For years, travelers have wanted to find a way to get out of the office or away from home without having to carry a heavy laptop computer. iTYPE converts iPhone into the first truly complete travel-computing solution.

The keyboard will be available to iPhone users in the second quarter of 2010 but the price tag is not known yet. [via Gizmodo]

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