Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Typo’ keyboard for Apple iPhone sells out after CES debut

“The Typo Keyboard, an iPhone accessory backed by ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest, is scheduled to ship to customers by the end of the month after the product sold out of its initial inventory,” Nick Turner reports for Bloomberg. “”

“The device, which debuted at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, lets users attach a BlackBerry-style keyboard to the iPhone 5 and 5s,” Turner reports. “The startup behind the $99 product, Typo Products LLC, expects to ship new orders by the end of February, according to a statement today.”

Turner reports, “‘We’re excited about all of the positive feedback Typo has generated and we’re working hard to ensure that we get as many keyboards in consumers hands as soon as possible,’ said Typo Chief Executive Officer Laurence Hallier, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based company with Seacrest.”

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

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MacDailyNews Take: No word on how many units they had in initial inventory.

Related articles:
Mossberg reviews Ryan Seacrest-backed ‘Typo’ physical keyboard for Apple iPhone – January 14, 2014
Beleaguered BlackBerry sues company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest over iPhone-compatible physical keyboard – January 3, 2014
Ryan Seacrest invested $1 million to develop iPhone physical keyboard – December 5, 2013


  1. Covering the thumbprint sensor? I don’t care how much someone might want a physical keyboard, that’s an immediate fail.

    Obviously a iP5 design and too late to change when the 5s appeared.

  2. Wasn’t one of Blackberry’s big selling points, that BB users couldn’t live without their chicklet keyboard? And for that reason, they’d never leave their Blackberry Phones? Well, this device pretty much makes that a mute point. This is going to pull some BB users over to the iPhone. I am curious to see how many will switch.

    If I were a BB user who was a whiz using they’re keyboard and had to have it, I’d definitely consider the Typo with an iPhone. The iPhone has all the security required in an enterprise environment. Even Apple Mail can be configured for Exchange. Add iWork and iLife for free, and that crackberry is looking pretty lame and pathetic.

    For these reasons, I actually like this product. Let the conversions begin.

    1. I think that’s valid. I also wonder how many blackberry to iPhone converters will stick with typo after a while. It might end up being a security blanket for them, just knowing that they can do it might make them feel better about making the switch, whether or not they put the typo to use.

      I’d also like to point out that it’s a “moot point”, not a “mute point”. Actually, I didn’t like pointing that out. It was totally against my will. I felt compelled to do so and felt I had no say in the matter. Sorry!

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