Could Apple’s iPhone 5 Get A QWERTY Keyboard?

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What can we expect from the Apple iPhone 5’s hardware? Apple’s been as tight-lipped-as-ever in regards to news about the next generation of its smartphone, but with the yearly release cycle starting to come around again, it’s time to start fielding the rumors of what’s next for the iPhone. Today’s iPhone news out of Taiwan suggests Apple is still mulling over design decisions, and may have narrowed things down to three potential prototypes, one of which sports a slide-out keyboard.

The variations amongst these supposed prototypes suggest that, more than just what feature set to go with, Apple hasn’t decided how substantial a revision the iPhone 5 will be. One of the prototypes seems more iPhone 4.5 than anything else, with higher-performing specs and increased battery life. We don’t know if that spec-boost means just increased processing power, or could maybe include the 4G modem we’ve heard about.

The most interesting, and potentially controversial prototype is one that reportedly includes a siding keyboard. Though intriguing, it would spell a major reboot for the phone’s basic design. Especially considering Steve Jobs and his notorious focus on hardware that’s cleanly designed, intuitive, and beautiful in its simplicity, we really can’t see him giving the nod to a new iPhone that adds so much complexity to the smartphone’s construction. Frankly, it’s surprising to hear that such a model is even up for consideration this far along in the phone’s development; neither a numeric nor a full-on QWERTY keyboard sounds very plausible for the Apple iPhone 5.

Source: Apple.pro (via Google Translate)

Via: Apple Insider

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!