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Typo Unveils iPhone 6 Keyboard Despite BlackBerry Ltd Tussle

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSE:BB) previously sued Typo for offering a tactile keyboard for the iPhone. Since the lawsuit, which is still pending, Typo has not come with any new version until now.

Typo Unveils iPhone 6 Keyboard Despite BlackBerry Ltd Tussle

One drawback with Typo 2

Typo recently launched Typo 2 for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5 / 5S. Typo 2 is a renovated version of the original design which slims down the case and is claimed to improve typing speed for users. However, the new case has one drawback. Users can’t use the Touch ID sensor and Typo 2 at same time. The new keyboard is positioned in a way that it blocks the sensor.

Some users will see this as a negative point, while others would enjoy typing on a physical keyboard while using their favorite device. iPhone 6 users can buy the typo keyboard on Typo’s website for $99 and the iPhone 5 / 5S version for $79. Typo CEO Laurence Hallier stated in an interview with Re/Code that the company is working on an iPad version of the product, which will be launched next year.

Hallier said when a user is typing on the keyboard, the fingerprint sensor is blocked, allowing the user to type the message easily. The Typo CEO said the company tried to make a keyboard for the iPhone 6 Plus, but the bigger dimensions made it difficult to make an add-on keyboard for the phone. Hallier said, “We designed one, but the phone is so big, it makes it top heavy.”

Still in tussle with BlackBerry

Previously BlackBerry had been able to get injunctions against Typo, which has been accused of infringing upon the Canadian’s firm’s smartphone keyboard designs. But this time it seems BlackBerry’s legal team failed to convince a judge. The initial lawsuit from BlackBerry against the original Typo iPhone Keyboard Case was made a week before the launch of the case at CES this past January.

Typo CEO Laurence Hallier tells Re/code that the company is still in a legal tussle with BlackBerry. Typo argues that its new keyboard’s design is not in conflict with that of BlackBerry, but we can be sure BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who is known for being aggressive, will pursue their case against Typo.

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  • LP

    You are sick… please seek a doctor… Go treat yourself…

  • LP

    No name calling… You know you are just trolling BlackBerry… so You are a troll… 100% people says that you are!

  • DEVVVV

    I see you are also into the name calling LP I don’t resort to childish name calling.

  • DEVVVV

    All I know is that Blackberry would rather close or sell then trying anything to please investors. Chen gets paid no matter what happens just as Thorsten did. So in other words, if Blackberry was losing money at the time of Thorsten’s departure this means he was paid severance pay with investors money.

  • DEVVVV

    I conduct my own surveys on a specific number and then calculate from there. Jawbone, which makes fitness trackers via its UP band and app, launched UP for Groups, an effort to target enterprises, health care cost improvements and move units. Rest assured the Jawbone UP for Groups model will be followed by other wearable device makers

  • LP

    Hey TROLLLL… how are you today?! Still delusional?! Why don’t you just get a job?! Try do something usefull for a while…

  • LP

    You are just a troll… an ugly hairy stinky troll..
    You should change your name do TROLLLL

  • LP

    Where is the source of those numbers?!

  • DEVVVV

    sorry for my inaccuracy it 99.16522% I forgot about a few die hard workers.

  • DEVVVV

    I cant, I would feel bad if Blackberry folded without me attempting to try anything for them to see the light.

  • DEVVVV

    well than Blackberry can just remain the same then, and continue losing market share. Blackberry would rather lose money I see instead of trying anything to please investors. John Chen would rather see Blackberry fold then get off his high horse and seek help anyway possible

  • LP

    Now you make satistics too…

  • LP

    GREAT… Now… please star populating iThing posts or Droid posts… and leave BlackBerry alone…

  • LP

    Yes. They yill listen to all punks that knock on theyr doors saying they want a place in the board… just because… they found the new gunpowder… Get a grip, will you?!

  • DEVVVV

    well I am willing to prove it LP. The ball is in Blackberry’s court. why would I prepare myself to go their empty handed?

  • DEVVVV

    Well I am currently involved with having a prototype device being made. Even though this device is non smartphone related, hopefully it will generate funding to properly secure rights to next project pertaining to hardware/software designs relating to mobile device handsets. But rest assure due to Blackberry unable to have faith in others including all you bb loyalists, Blackberry will not be included in any licensing deal whatsoever.

  • LP

    Talk is cheap DEVVVV. I could also say I have a design that would make every electronic device obsolete… so everything Apple is doing is wrong, everything Google is doing is going in the wrong direction… And it is even easier beating any ither contender that is in it’s lows… Like you do with BBRY…

    Yet every idea you disclose here just goes to show that… you lie… you’re full of it… and you have no clue… about anything…

  • LP

    You should be rich… But instead you just a troll hanging on these forums bashing BlackBerry…

    If you do have all those brilliant ideas… Make a startup… launch you enterprise and be rich… present your ideas to Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC (they really need it…), Sony… Anyone… just stop bashing BlackBerry ideas… That is soooo looser…

  • DEVVVV

    NO LP that is not my next generation smartphone design. My design does not require any keyboard physical or touch. And no it is not voice activated. I have even designed the software and sourced out all that would be required to make it a reality. As for Typo I think their idea is lame anyways, as I would not buy that product even if it was on the side. Also the Iwatch in my opinion is completely lame and I would not buy it. I have designed a wearable that exceed the smartness of any wearable that is available in todays market. But you think Blackberry would be interested it investigating this, for the sake of investors??? NOT. If Chen is not willing to try anything in the attempt to turn this company around he should be ousted.

  • LP

    So… that is your idea to improve this design…
    You really do have some crappy ideas… don’t you?!
    It’s just horrible… any way you put it…
    If you out it on the side… it get’s huge… if you hide it somehow on the back it gets super fat…
    Forget it… Now I see why BlackBerry didn’t even wanted to see your design…

  • DEVVVV

    it could be part of a case for the iphone that can close.

  • Karl Schneider

    So making it into a really stubby Passport?

  • Behlerman

    Maybe the side mounted keyboard he mentioned above. Heh, heh, heh. That would explain the disdain.

  • Karl Schneider

    According to him he had a ‘revolutionary” idea and for some reason BB refused to even see him. Ever since he spends his days looking for any article that mentions BB and attempts to denigrate BB.

  • Behlerman

    DEVVVV, how does it feel to be an Apple fanboy? Congratulations on your individualism. Take your worthless opinions elsewhere and stop wasting the intelligent people’s time with your gibberish. Are you short blackberry stock or just a disgruntled Ex employee?

  • smartypants

    LOL
    that’s a good one devvv
    attach it to the side, oh my goodness……..

  • DEVVVV

    Behl. did you know that 99,9% of people are on the groove, it is because of this that caused Blackberry demise in the first place.

  • DEVVVV

    Typo, for the iphone 6 and the plus, rather than the keyboard being on the bottom why don’t you attach it to the side? this would make the phone not so top heavy, plus the fp scanner wont be covered.

  • kostas

    Crap…crap…crap…

  • WhoCares1000

    The only useful feature of the 5S, 6, and 6+ is the finger print login. Covering that is just plain dumb.

  • Behlerman

    The Blackberry offers so much more with its keyboard. Try one touch calling to 25 people on any other device. Nevermind the 30 other functions that can be quickly accessed through the keyboard. It is not for everyone but those on the move, use Blackberry. Those on the groove, use Apple.

  • Chuck

    Why would anybody who wants a keyboard settle for this? Why not just get a BlackBerry and have all the cool shortcuts? BlackBerry keyboard isn’t just for typing; it’s a hardware controller that provides much more than the big, old-school “home” button does.

    Besides, Typo is going to be paying all of its profits plus punitive damages to BlackBerry. The whole thing is just dumb. Oh well. Nobody ever accused iPhone fans of being intelligent.