iPhone 5: Rumors Of A Slide Out Keyboard – Is It For You?

When it comes to Apple and their products there is always a mass of speculation long before their device is even announced. As an example, you only have to look at the build up to Verizon and the iPhone 4 joining forces.

The iPhone 5 is now being talked about with it lots of new models and designs surfacing. Over at BGR they have an article saying that Apple are said to be testing three iPhone 5 models and one of them has a slide out keyboard. Neil Hughes of AppleInsider is telling us that a rough translation of a Taiwanese website, which has been the source of numerous Apple hardware leaks, has mentioned that of the prototype models one of them has a sliding cover concealing a keyboard.

We have seen various different cases for the iPhone 4 such as the TK-421, which had a clam shell design and full keyboard on it as well as the Keyboard Buddy case which you can see here. We are wondering just how much of a market there would be for an iPhone with a full keyboard.

Seeing as there has been such a push on touch-screens and multi touch-screens it comes as a bit of a surprise to us. Another thing that has been rumored is that Apple will be removing the home button making the device have even less buttons!

Alan Ng over at PRNews is offering a cool suggestion saying that perhaps Apple could make two models, one with a keyboard and one without or make one model where the keyboard is detachable. Interesting stuff don’t you think?

Do you think an iPhone 5 would be successful if it had a full keyboard on it? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below.

  • iphoneappdate

    For me the whole appeal of the iphone is the lack of buttons, keeping a seamless, uncluttered interface is one of the keys to the success of the iphone. I would not want a pull out keyboard, and tbh it reminds me too much of other devices. "If its not broken, dont fix it Apple!"

    p.s. however, it would be useful to be able to type and walk at the same time, without bumping into people :)

  • Sean

    Would love an Iphone with a 5" screen…

  • Sean

    Would like to see an Ipad like device with a 5" diag screen that has voice…

  • Lisa

    I'm desperately waiting for a Verizon 4G smartphone with a slide out keyboard. There are people out there that just don't do well with touch screen keyboards – it takes me 5 tries for each letter. I think it's stupid to buy a 3G phone now, but I really need to upgrade to a smartphone. This is killing me.

  • Natasha

    Yes I love it… I hope they come out with the slide out keyboard