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Typo keyboard for iPhone is dead

by Todd Haselton | June 1, 2015June 1, 2015 8:00 am PDT

Remember the Typo keyboard? The brainchild of Ryan Seacrest, the accessory allowed iPhone users to attach a physical keyboard to their iPhones for a BlackBerry-like typing experience. Well that idea is dead now, following a settlement with BlackBerry, which accused the keyboard of ripping off its design.

BlackBerry said on Monday that it has officially settled “outstanding legal disputes” with Typo Products and that, as a result of the agreement, Typo has “agreed to permanently discontinue selling anywhere in the world keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches.” That technically means the company can continue to exist and can develop new keyboards, like accessories for tablets, but the iPhone product will no longer be for sale.

The Typo made its debut during CES 2014, where TechnoBuffalo had a chance to try it out. It worked well, though was a bit too large for our tastes. BlackBerry began filing lawsuits soon after the product hit the market, when Typo was banned from selling the product, but it eventually had to cough up $860,000 for violating that sales ban. Following Monday’s announcement, however, the Typo will likely never appear again.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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