Apple NetBook and iPhone Keyboards


Yesterday during the financial call, a question was asked about Apple getting into the growing netbook space. In case you didn't know, netbooks are the very cheap, very small laptops that are cropping up. According to AppleInsider, Steve responded explaining:

We're not tremendously worried. As we look at the netbook category, that's a nascent category. As best as we can tell, there's not a lot of them being sold. You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.

I would have to generally agree with Steve there. I don't feel a tremendous need for a netbook so long as I have my iPhone in my pocket. If he really wants to sway me however, he simply needs to make the call and tell the iPhone software team to turn on the switch to allow use of a bluetooth keyboard. I've asked for it and even written haiku about it. This wold be a game changer when combined with a good AppStore word processor.

We know the iPhone has a bluetooth radio. We know just about every other smart phone has an external keyboard solution. So what is taking so long?