Remember the Typo keyboard accessory for the iPhone? For those who don’t, the Typo keyboard accessory is essentially a keyboard attachment for the iPhone. It allows iPhone users to type using physical keys as opposed to an onscreen keyboard. Now the first design of the Typo resembled BlackBerry’s keyboard design.
This did not sit well with BlackBerry who filed a lawsuit, although Typo later counters it by saying they did not steal the design. That being said, we guess Typo did not need the bad PR because the company has since announced the successor to the Typo in the form of the Typo 2, and as you can see in the image above, it looks nothing like a BlackBerry keyboard anymore.
Like we said we’re not sure if Typo just didn’t want any bad press anymore or if they didn’t want to spend half their time fighting BlackBerry in court, but the new design should not confuse anyone as to its origins. That being said, Typo also added several new features to the Typo 2, such as smart typing, a backlit keyboard, a lock key, and even a battery indicator to let users know when the keyboard was running out of juice.
The Typo 2 is currently available for pre-order where it will be compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. It is priced at $99 and is expected to begin shipping mid-September.