The Typo keyboard that turns your iPhone into a BlackBerry is back

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The original Typo keyboard for the iPhone racked up quite a few column inches (or whatever the blogosphere equivalent might be) after it was revealed that none other than Ryan Seacrest had invested $1 million in it, shortly followed by BlackBerry filing a lawsuit against it, claiming that it was stealing the company’s trademark keyboard.

Well, the Typo is back — and apparently better than ever — thanks to the new Typo 2 keyboard, which is currently available for pre-order. Costing $99, the iPhone case essentially adds the functionality of a BlackBerry keyboard to your existing iPhone, although hopefully without looking so much like a BlackBerry that it provokes further legal action.

Typo 2’s creators explain:

“When we set out to design Typo 2, our goal was simple: create a keyboard and case that would add the absolute minimum additional length and thickness to the iPhone, while still providing protection to the phone and a butter-smooth, tactile typing experience.

The result is Typo 2, which adds just short of a 1/4 inch in thickness and a less than 3/4 inch in total length to the iPhone, while still providing an unrivaled typing experience. This is made possible by miniaturizing the components on our circuit board, using our patented TYPOTouch™ keyboard technology and one of the world’s smallest Lithium-ion battery, measuring at just 1mm in thickness.

Both the hardware and software for Typo 2 were designed and engineered in California & Utah. This product is manufactured and assembled in China by one of the oldest and most respected keyboard manufacturers in the world, who to date has delivered more than half a billion keyboards.”

What isn’t made clear is just how big the new Typo 2 iPhone case is. While I couldn’t find the information on the official Typo 2 website, iDownloadblog seems to think it’s designed to fit the current generation iPhone 5s — which would make a lot of sense in theory.

Why only in theory? Because September is right around the time Apple is set to debut its upcoming iPhone 6, which is supposedly set to come in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants. D’oh!

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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