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Back in the day when BlackBerrys were the coolest phones in the planet, Apple was struggling about what to do if they add mobile phone features on their iPod. One option, apparently, was to give the device a physical keyboard just like the BB phone.

Shocking, I know.

The revelation came from Tony Fadell, a former Apple engineer and founder of learning thermostat company Nest. In an interview with The Verge, he revealed that Apple had three design options with its iPod-phone, one of which involved adding a hardware keyboard. We can guess that it would have been a keyboard that slides out of the phone, much like many smartphones today.

The report sparked a lot of questions. What if Apple indeed added a keyboard on what would have been the first iPhone? Would another company becomes the first to create the first touch-screen smartphone? Would Apple have patented the hardware keyboard, even if other phones already have them, and sue everybody else including RIM (the maker of BlackBerry)? Would Apple’s fanboys diss other smartphones with full touch-screens simply because they do not have keyboards like the iPhone?

We could only imagine.

Source: The Verge, via CNET

 
 

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