USB keyboard or some normal keyboard into iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by California, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Do you guys think there is any way to plug a full sized keyboard into the iPhone? Or is there a way to boot off the iPhone so I can add all the things into it with a normal keyboard? I am a good typist... yes, I learned in school on old IBMs -- don't need to look at the keys to type -- so starting up my iPhone with normal keyboard facility would be a plus for me.

    Just wondering if anyone has a clue about this...?

    And I heard there is no Word support on the iPhone? Would it be possible to add that to it, as that would make it perfect for me.
  2. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    #2 that would never work
  3. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Yeah, I don't think that that will be possible. I'm not sure what the imputs/outputs on the iPhone are, but I doubt they'll enable a keyboard.
  4. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I guess I'm thinking of the iPhone as a mini mini mac, not a phone.

    I've never booted off my 4th gen iPod with firewire, but I assumed, probably wrongly, that I could boot off the iPhone somehow? If so, I thought I could hook it up to a keyboard...
  5. steve jr. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2005
    Akron, OH
  6. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    BT is the only possible option I see...

    But then again, the point isn't to make this a mobile computer display. If it's close enough to a computer you should probably just sync documents instead.
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 46 years ago
    Many mobile devices allow a Bluetooth keyboard.

    We'll have to wait and see if Apple is so caught up in their own touch screen hoopla, that they don't plan to support such a common add-on.
  8. jl234 macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2006
    It may be possible to use a portable bluetooth keyboard. Not sure if the existing ones currently on the market would work, but Apple might release one in the future. The site linked claims to work with Macs. If the iPhone truly is OSX, maybe it would work.
  9. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    that bluetooth iGo looks great. 'Zactly what I was dreaming of for the iPhone.
  10. maccam macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2007
    Dude you are my man... I was wondering the same thing, I hope I can plug in a external screen and bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and use as a mini mac :D
  11. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Well, I'm a girl but glad we are on the same page... can't wait for the iPhone as it looks like it does support Word. Wonder if it will support these bluetooth keyboards, tho.
  12. Dermot81 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    You can view word files, but can't edit them :/
  13. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I'm guessing it would overheat, but then again its flash so I do not think it gets that hot as a traditional hard drive, this is an interesting thought.

    Although, I fail to see much purpose, but hell, hack away my friends.
  14. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I don't get it, why would it overheat if it wasn't flash anyway?
  15. applehappy macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2007
  16. Twiztedklown316 macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2004
    Spokane, Wa
    why would you need a full size keyboard for the Iphone.
    All you have to do is use your Address book, and bookmarks tab under safari and sync to your iphone, this way minimal typing on the iphone keypad (which after a week i suspect most will be able to use with relative ease.)

    not quite sure why you would want to walk around with a full size keyboard for any other uses you may need it for at random times.
    i.e. notes, and unexpected web sites.

    If you're that worried about the keypad, either the phone is not for you, or you should spend some serious time at an apple store using a demo version before you buy.
  17. applehappy macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2007
    I don't know, maybe because YOU WANT A FULL SIZE KEYBOARD.

    There are lot's of collapsable, rollable, or laser keyboard options on the market. Just think in terms of attending a meeting or sitting in a class and unrolling your rubber mat of a BT keyboard you have with you and start banging away onto your iphone doc like you are sitting at a desktop computer. Very usable.
  18. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    The reason I would want a full size keyboard for the iPhone is that I am a good typist and a fast typist, and it would be a way to shrink down the size from my 12" PB because I could carry the iPhone/bt kb more easily. Not interested in relearning a keyboard or getting my thumbs calloused (as i hear happens when you doublethumb on Blackberries) The relearning curve is what worries me as I keyboard for a living.
  19. socoop macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    Wowdock connects iphones / ipads / ipod touches to any USB keyboards

    The very product you want is about to be released this August by Omnio.
    You CAN type into your iphone via any USB keyboard!

    Click the link below to view how it works.

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