Apple testing iPhone with physical keyboard bolted on?

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 14, 2011

iPhone 4 keyboard

Rumors of an iPhone Nano have abounded lately, but if a new report is to be believed, a smaller iPhone isn't the only new version of the handset that Apple is working on. According to, the Cupertino-based company is testing a few different prototypes of the iPhone 5, one of which sports a slide-out keyboard. The other two devices are said to be similar to the current iPhone 4 on the outside, but sport upgraded internals like an upgraded battery and 8 megapixel camera. (Quick note: the above image is the Keyboard Buddy Case for iPhone 4)

While I've no doubt that there would be plenty of customers that would jump at the chance to buy an iPhone with a physical QWERTY, I'm not so sure that we'll ever see such a device hit the market. Apple seems to be pretty anti-button when it comes to their iOS products, so much so that we've heard a rumor that they may even be considering eliminating the home button from the iPhone and iPad. On the other hand, an iPhone with a keyboard would be a good way for Apple to try and fend off its competitors. Would any of you consider picking up a QWERTY-fied iPhone?

Via MacRumors,