I love physical keyboards, always have done. I enjoy the feeling of the click underneath my digits. But, I’ve had to become used to not having one since I got the iPhone. Let’s face it, the benefits of using iOS every day far outweigh the one benefit of using a BlackBerry. It’s a sacrifice I was willing to make. Imagine my frustration when I read the latest speculation: Apple did consider using a physical keyboard on the iPhone.
Tony Fadell, a former Apple exec who left to design the coolest thermostat in the world, disclosed some information in an interview with The Verge. He stated that before the final iPhone version was chosen, they’d narrowed it down to three designs. One was an iPod-like phone, the second was and still is a secret, the third was the original iPhone design that made it to market.
But, according to Fadell, during the design process they had considered using a physical keyboard. Both he and Jobs felt it inherent to leave it out. The iPhone had to be multitouch, and have a virtual keyboard. It was a major feature of the capacitive touchscreen technology that would set the iPhone apart from its resistive screen-equipped competition. As much as it pains me, the decision was clearly the right one. The first iPhone changed the face of the smartphone market, thanks to its lack of buttons and incredible touchscreen.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see an iPhone with a physical keyboard? Or do you like it just as it is?
Via: The Verge