“Ever since the iPhone debuted with its multi-touch interface, typing on glass has largely replaced the earlier method of typing on small plastic keyboards built into smartphones,” Walt Mossberg writes for Re/code. “But some people who have switched to the iPhone from a BlackBerry still miss the tactile keys.”

“Now, a new company, Typo Products, is introducing a $99 iPhone case that comes with a built-in, backlit physical keyboard at the bottom edge,” Mossberg writes. “I’ve been testing the Typo keyboard, and can recommend it for physical keyboard die-hards. It has some trade-offs, and won’t likely appeal to most iPhone users who never became thumb-typing wizards. But those who miss physical keyboards will love this thing.”

“In fact, the company was launched by a Las Vegas taxi-advertising executive, with TV personality Ryan Seacrest, because both were strong fans of physical keyboards, and each was carrying two phones,” Mossberg writes. “The company concedes that the Typo is a “niche” product, for a minority of iPhone users. I agree. But I also agree that, for that niche, this $99 case could well be a great deal.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait for Mistrack™, the world’s first iPhone mouse. Coming soon from Luddite Ltd.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]

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