https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Typo sued by BlackBerry again targets Typo 2 keyboard case for iPhone https://touchreviews.net/typo-sued-blackberry-typo-2-keyboard-case-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/typo-sued-blackberry-typo-2-keyboard-case-iphone/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:19:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=23599 Read More]]> Typo is a bluetooth keyboard case that attaches to your iPhone giving you access to physical keys to type on. The startup company is backed by popular media personality Ryan Seacrest.

The company created the accessory featuring a full backlit keyboard, battery indicator, smart typing, dedicated lock key  and more. The design and aesthetics of the device does resemble the physical keyboard found on old BlackBerry phones.

The Canadian smartphone manufacturer was quick to notice the similarities and sued Typo. BlackBerry won an injunction however, in response the keyboard maker launched second-gen model called Typo 2 which they believe does not infringe on BlackBerry’s patents.

According to a new report published by The Hollywood Reporter, BlackBerry has filed a second lawsuit against Typo alleging that Typo 2 continues to infringe on BlackBerry’s intellectual property.

The court announced an award of $860,000 to BlackBerry as Typo continued selling its original keyboard despite the injunction. BlackBerry has now demanded for for “enhanced and exemplary” damages for Typo’s continued infringement.

Since iPhones’ introduction in 2007 now every smartphone features touchscreen keyboards. Some device makers initially did try to differentiate their offering from the iPhone by offering a physical keyboard however, that strategy hasn’t worked too well as such phones have clearly not become a huge success.

Typo and Typo 2 caters to a niche segment that still prefers the old-school physical keyboard typing experience. Typo 2 design features flat keys that reduces its resemblance to BlackBerry’s keyboards however, it blocks the home button / Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6.

Are you a fan of Typo 2 for iPhone? What do you think about BlackBerry suing Typo Innovations LLC? Let us know in the comments below.

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The latest rumors surrounding Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone suggest that the device won’t feature at this year’s WWDC ready for a summer 2011 launch, and a report published today by Japanese blog Macotakara.jp seems to back up these claims. Citing sources from the Chinese supply chain, Macotakara.jp says that Apple hasn’t even begun ordering components for the iPhone 5 yet, and that the company is currently focused on attracting new customers to its CDMA handset instead.

The iPhone 4 launched in February on the Verizon Wireless network in the U.S., and minor changes were made to the device to update components, redesign the antenna, and introduce a dual-band wireless chip. It seems that rather than introducing a brand new iPhone just months later, Apple will instead hold out until October of this year – possibly even later – before launching the next-generation device. It’s expected the iPhone 5 will contribute to Apple’s fiscal 2012, as opposed to its fiscal 2011 year, which ends on September 24th.

Macotakara also had something to say about the iPhones 5’s rumored aluminium back in their report; claiming that although Apple have toyed with the idea of replacing the current glass back, it has not yet made a decision on whether to change it for the fifth-generation device.

Previous reports regarding the device have revealed that Apple may currently be working on three iPhone 5 prototypes, one of which features a physical slide-out keyboard. Another is similar to the iPhone 4’s design but boasts a larger ‘edge-to-edge’ screen, a better battery, and an upgraded camera.

One of the reasons Apple has chosen to delay its launch of the iPhone 5 could be related to the white iPhone 4 the company has been promising since the device’s launch. It’s now expected that the device will come during the spring, however, it’s sure to be largely unsuccessful if a brand new device is announced just several weeks later.

[via AppleInsider] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-parts-ordered-apple/feed/ 0 iPhone 5 With Slide-Out Keyboard One of Three Prototypes Being Tested by Apple https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-slide-out-keyboard-three-prototype-apple/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-slide-out-keyboard-three-prototype-apple/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:27:00 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14304 Read More]]> According to a report today from Taiwanese site Apple.pro, Apple is currently testing three prototypes for its upcoming iPhone 5, one of which features a slide-out physical keyboard similar to that on the HTC 7 Pro. The other prototypes are said to be not too dissimilar to the iPhone 4 – the current generation device – but with an improved battery and an 8-megapixel camera.

Apart from the prototype carrying the slide-out keyboard, the differences between the other two fifth-generation devices and the iPhone 4 seem to be mostly internal, with the same design on the outside. The report notes that the transition from fourth- to fifth-generation iPhone will resemble that between the 3G and the 3GS – although the devices will look identical, the improvements will be all on the inside.

Unfortunately the Engligh isn’t too great because it’s taken from a Google translation of the Taiwanese report, but the report reads:

There are three iPhone5 prototype
one is a sliding cover which
Is the introduction of the keyboard after the side cover

Although the suggestion of a physical keyboard seems to go against Apple’s devotion to multi-touch, MacRumors notes that Apple.pro has a good track record of providing leaked information on upcoming Apple devices, and that suggestions in their reports shouldn’t just be dismissed. The site recently published photos of a small Apple-branded touch screen that was introduced a few months later in the latest iPod nano.

Similarities in physical design between the current iPhone 4 and the fifth-generation device are to be expected when the device is announced this summer. The release of the Verizon iPhone 4 earlier this month – just months before the announcement of the iPhone 5 – suggests that Apple will stick with the form factor of the current device. Unsurprisingly there will be a large number of Verizon customers who are unhappy with their new device if it’s replaced by a significantly different model so soon after their purchase.

With regards to a physical keyboard, I’m not so sure. If Apple is looking to increase its iPhone user base even more then a physical keyboard could certainly persuade the likes of BlackBerry users, who are used to their hard keys, to make the move to the iPhone. However, Apple is very enthusiastic about multi-touch, and the introduction of a slide-out keyboard would go against its previous commitment to touch screens.

Apple.pro does emphasize in its report that these are just prototypes, and that the model which features a slide-out keyboard could simply be a device but together to test functionality and different form factors.

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