I still can't believe Apple hasn't approved Bluetooth keyboard drivers for the iPhone, but that hasn't stopped user-hacks, or products lining up to be ready. This latest effort modifies actual Apple Bluetooth keyboards, and adds app icons to the keys.
The F-keys have stenciled icons for the standard iPhone tasks (Mail, Safari, etc), and the keyboard letters have logos for some of the most popular iPhone apps. It actually doesn't look too bad, but there's no way to customize the icons. I've never used LinkedIn, so it would seem pointless blazoned all over my L key.
XSKN says that it's currently working with a U.S. engineering firm that specializes in "Made for iPod" stamps. Of course, it's also waiting on that pending Bluetooth driver—as are rivals like the $100 MacAlly BTKeyMini.
What's interesting, though, is XSKN's hopes to sell the iKeyboard by the end of this year for $160. Are they just being optimistic? (And I'm not just talking about that price). Do they know something we don't?
Either way, what the hell Apple? There are a bunch of fold up/roll up Bluetooth keyboards for other smartphones, and they can come in pretty handy for meetings and traveling. Sure, I could use my laptop in many situations, but is Apple the only one to not even give me a choice?