Typing on a small device such as the iPhone is always slower than using a real keyboard. I’ve always thought so. That’s the reason many smartphones have had support for Bluetooth keyboards such as Nokia, Windows Mobile and the likes. For some unknown reason, the Bluetooth on the iPhone and iPod Touch is so crippled, that it doesn’t do much except wireless streaming 2-channel audio with A2DP, wireless accessory control, and peer-to-peer connections. This leaves out all the goodness of tethering, file sharing and even notes/contacts sharing. Finally, someone has stepped up to make a Bluetooth keyboard driver to make Bluetooth on iPhone a little more useful.
Bluetooth Keyboard Driver has just been released on Cydia so if you’ve got a Bluetooth keyboard eating dust, you should give it a try. Here’s how it works:
- Install the app via Cydia.
- Make your keyboard discoverable and connect it to your iPhone or iPod Touch.
- Chose your keyboard layout.
- Go back to the springboard by pressing the Home button.
- Now you can enjoy typing in other apps using your Bluetooth keyboard.
A few features are missing in this v1.0 release:
- Apple Keyboard: quick auto-connect
- Selection with SHIFT + Cursor
- Cursor keys in MobileTerminal
- CAPS-LOCK key
To use this app, you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch. If you’re an iPod Touch user, take a look at our helpful iPod Touch 3.1.2 Jailbreak tutorial.