When Apple announced the iPhone Steve Jobs made a big deal about the way its on-screen keyboard was a big upgrade over BlackBerry’s physical keyboard because it could change to suit the software that was running.
But some people still prefer a hardware keyboard and while there were once Android phones that had them, they’re largely now consigned to the scrapheap.
That hasn’t stopped some people from wishing that wasn’t the case, however.
Enter Clicks, a new keyboard accessory that acts as a case as such, with a physical keyboard beneath it. The iPhone can be slid into it and the finished article is similar to BlackBerry devices of old, if a lot bigger.
The keyboard does more than just offer physical keys, however. It has support for keyboard shortcuts as well, while the keys are also backlit so that they can be easily used in the dark.
The shortcuts on offer allow users to scroll through web pages by pressing the space bar while a CMD+Space command will launch Spotlight search. Finally, CMD+H can be used to close the app that’s open and return to the Home screen.
Other features include the fact that wireless charging will continue to work and that there are Lightning and USB-C versions available. Click costs $139 and goes on sale on February 1 in yellow and a gray/blue color called London Sky.