Looking a bit into the future, T.T. O’Brien thinks the hardware keyboard might be ready to retire.
Remember just a decade or so ago when Apple launched the iPhone without a hardware keyboard? The critics scoffed and laughed. Steve Jobs knew better. Look around at today’s crop of smartphones. How many good ones have a keyboard. The proper answer? None.
Smartphones and iPads work well without a keyboard, but for serious typing or writing a hardware keyboard is a must. Or, is it?
Note what Apple does with the iPhone haptic-taptic technology which makes it feel as if we’re pressing a button when all we’re pressing is a spot on the screen’s glass. Those little vibrations tell us we’ve pressed something that seems to click when nothing actually clicked.
Goodbye, hardware keyboard. Hello Apple keyboard. It’s far in the future but this is a worthy read.