Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard. In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work. We know better by now, of course, but while I still prefer the physical feel and clicks of a real keyboard, a recent new endeavour of mine has made me appreciate the on-screen keyboard in a whole new way.
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tupp
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2006-11-12

I don't understand why you are thanking Apple.

Agreed 100%.

However, to get the point through the reality distortion field, it is important to be very direct and thorough in one's assertion, so I will continue...

From the article:
When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard.

Apple did not invent the touch-screen qwerty keyboard -- they were late by decades.

Furthermore, Apple was not the first to put a qwerty touch-screen keyboard on a touch-screen phone.

Likewise, Apple was not first to put a touch-screen keyboard on a tablet.


In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work.

No. Touch-screen qwerty keyboards were not seen as a joke nor as something that could never work. Use of such keyboards was already well established on PDAs, tablets, slot machines, ATMs, etc.

Touch-screen keyboards were merely considered inferior to tactile physical keyboards for serious/lengthy input, as they are considered to this day.

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