Blackberry 2.0? Clicks brings a real keyboard to the iPhone

Clicks Technology is nostalgic for the good old Blackberry days. So much so that it has unveiled Clicks, a case that brings a real keyboard to the iPhone.

This accessory is a case and keyboard built in one, working with either the Lightning or USB-C connector (which is used on the newer iPhones like the iPhone 15). The company will show it at the CES 2024 tech trade show in Las Vegas next week.

It’s based on the believe that a tactile keyboard gives content creators and users a better experience reminiscent of older devices like the BlackBerry, known for its physical QWERTY keyboard.

With a full set of real buttons, Clicks offers iPhone users an alternative to the virtual keyboard, liberating valuable screen space and empowering users to multitask more efficiently. Scheduled for availability starting February 1, the Clicks keyboard is available for pre-order today at $139.

“We use keyboards on our desktops, laptops and tablets every day – so it’s kind of odd that we abandoned physical buttons on the smartphone,” said Michael Fisher, cofounder of Clicks Technology, in a statement. “Clicks brings the tactility and precision of a physical keyboard to iPhone, so people don’t have to wait until they get back to their desks to create or communicate with the satisfying feedback only real buttons can provide.”

Fisher is a YouTube tech reviewer with 1.2 million subscribers. The Clicks creator keyboard is the flagship product of Clicks Technology, founded by content creators Fisher (known as MrMobile) and Kevin Michaluk (known as CrackBerry Kevin), alongside a team of experts with mobile experience from companies like Apple, BlackBerry, and Google.

In a statement, Michaluk said, “Clicks will appeal as much to longtime iPhone users as it will to past keyboard phone users. We assembled a dream team of tech industry veterans to bring together the best of physical keyboards with the best of iPhone. We labored over every decision from exactly how the buttons should feel to the keyboard layout, ensuring it would be intuitive for iPhone users.”

The Clicks creator keyboard enhances the iPhone experience with screen real estate. By removing the keyboard from the display, Clicks maximizes the screen, doubling the available space for content immersion.

It offers a more natural typing experience for people on the move. Clicks facilitates mobile creation tasks like writing notes, editing documents, or prompt action on ideas. And it introduces powerful iOS keyboard shortcuts to iPhone users for improved navigation and task handling.

It has a backlight for low-light typing and easy, seamless attachment, the keyboard blends seamlessly with the iPhone. Utilizing the Lightning or USB-C connection means that Clicks requires no separate battery or Bluetooth connection.

“We’re excited to bring Clicks to those who have a latent love for keyboard phones, as well as a whole new generation of iPhone users,” said Adrian Li Mow Ching, CEO of Clicks Technology, in a statement. “In founding Clicks Technology, we’ve established the capabilities to deliver on an ambitious roadmap of mobile products for people who create on the go.”

The Clicks Founders Edition, available in BumbleBee and London Sky colors, offers exclusive benefits including VIP support and early access to future releases.

At CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 9-12, Clicks will offer a hands-on experience with the creator keyboard, starting with the ShowStoppers press event on January 9.

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