Ryan Seacrest invested $1 million to develop iPhone physical keyboard

“Well-known entertainment personality and producer Ryan Seacrest said he had invested in a startup, which he also co-founded, that makes a keyboard accessory for the Apple iPhone,” Kara Swisher reports for AllThingsD.

“The Typo Keyboard will makes its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2014,” Swisher reports. “While the company declined to discuss funding, sources said that Seacrest and his co-founder have invested over $1 million.”

Swisher reports, “It took two years of development to get to the Typo, which seems to clip onto the smartphone like a protective case (I have not tried it, as yet — though I type just fine on a virtual keyboard).”

The Typo Keyboard for Apple iPhone
The Typo Keyboard for Apple iPhone

More info in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, um, where’d my iPhone’s Touch ID go? Oops.

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


  1. Come on MDN, surely your eyes work better than that… This is on an iPhone 5, there is not touch ID but I think that the keyboard is a waste. Especially with the new home button at the bottom right where it can get easily pressed accidentally.

  2. Oops!
    Next time you want to throw some money away Ryan, just send it too me. I’ll at least send you a nice thank you card with a pic of my smiling family vacationing wherever we feel like.

  3. I hate touchscreens (love my 4s though I curse at the touch screen). I wish Apple would make a blackberry like phone with a sliding display that slides straight up (Blackberry had a phone like this once) and a keyboard similar to blackberry’s. Touch screen suck.

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