iPhone and the Bluetooth Keyboard - The definitive guide

iPhone ร— Bluetooth Keyboard: The Definitive Guide


๐“˜๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ช ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฝ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐”‚… ๐“˜๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐“ช ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฝ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ…

…but real, lovely iPhone users all over the world prop our phones up on broken, hand-me-down MagSafe docks, ratchet them into terrible homemade tripod/car windshield mount hybrid monstrosities, or simply rest them on the back of our hands so that we may type to them on physical keycaps.

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Some of us having been doing so regularly since support for Bluetooth keyboard inputs were first added, (actually at least one of us has actually been using an external hardware keyboard with mobile computers since the 1990s… Oh yes. Now you’re intrigued, right?,) though nobody can tell you exactly when this was done, or what iPhone OS version first included it.

…yes, from the very beginning, the simple abstract truth that Apple’s iPhone supports Bluetooth keyboard inputs has only been acknowledged a handful of times in user-facing documentation, specifically, from Apple.

In fact, here is the entirety of what the current version of Apple’s iPhone User Guide has to say about it:

iPhone and COMPAQ Portable


right back at ya, Federico!

I canโ€™t tell ya how much this acknowledgement means to myself and others who use Bluetooth keyboards with our iPhones (every day in my case!)

also appreciate Obsidian extending full support to the iPhoneโ€ฆ an example I hope other devs will follow. pic.twitter.com/qEjXz9YNEr

— โ€ป David Blue โ€ป (@NeoYokel) July 23, 2021


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Last updated: Wed 18 May 2022