Expo Notes: A Bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone?

Editor’s Note: Macworld Expo 2008 is in the books, but Macworld editors still have a few reports from the Macworld Expo show floor on meetings with Mac developers, new product announcements, and anything else that catches their eye.

Many products you see at Macworld Expo look so much like other ones you’ve seen before, it’s tempting to pass them by. But doing so means you sometimes miss out on some very interesting stuff.

For example, MacAlly’s $100 BTKeyMini: As you might deduce from its name—or perhaps not—the BTKeyMini is a small, Bluetooth keyboard, designed to fold up and carry in your bag. Not terribly interesting, as I’ve seen many such keyboards in the past.

But if MacAlly’s representatives have been correctly informed, this keyboard is something special. According to the representative I spoke with, when the BTKeyMini arrives this March, it will work with the iPhone, meaning you’ll be able to use it to type in any iPhone application that would normally use an onscreen keyboard. Given that many, many people have tried to pair various Bluetooth keyboards with the iPhone, I was surprised by this claim, so I asked again to confirm. And then I asked a third time. MacAlly assured me I was understanding correctly.

At dinner earlier this week, my colleague Jason Snell told me that if he could get an external keyboard for his iPhone, he might not have to bring his laptop; he could get by with his iPhone alone. And I quickly agreed. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the BTKeyMini truly does what the company claims. We certainly plan to verify it, come this March.

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