Seacrest’s Typo, the BlackBerry-like physical keyboard for the iPhone, didn’t last long the first time around. BlackBerry sued, describing it as “a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard,” and succeeded in getting an injunction against the $99 accessory.

Seacrest – the company co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest – responded by redesigning the keyboard and is now taking pre-orders for the Typo 2. The new model features a backlight, battery indicator and lock key, but otherwise looks strikingly similar to the original.

Shipping is scheduled for mid-September – assuming BlackBerry doesn’t have another injunction in place by then …

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8 Responses to “The Typo iPhone keyboard is back again after lawsuit, but maybe not for long”

  1. andreww500 says:

    Why is this even a thing?


  2. It’s clear they’ve addresses the infringing aspects of the design. This one bears no resemblance to the Blackberry keyboards except for the fact it uses letters like every other keyboard. The first revision had the same shaped keys which was a big problem as BB love their wave contour.


  3. This is like hooking a team of horses up to the front of my car.


  4. The first one looked nice because it looked exactly like BlackBerry Q10’s keyboard.

    This one is revised and looks like a sloppy, unfinished, still-in-testing piece of hardware.


    • boarddworld says:

      I thought so too but I looked again and noticed there’s a deliberate slant to the keys. Makes sense as you can feel your way around without worrying about looking at which key you’re pressing.