Miss the days of typing away on your Blackberry and feeling the physical click of a key? Well, you can now go back to the year 2000 thanks to a new gadget called Clicks. This physical keyboard attachment connects to your iPhone and turns it into an old-school mobile phone.
Clicks has been created by MrMobile and CrackBerry Kevin. The gadget aims to take over the industry in 2024 with its odd approach to the smartphone. By the look of things, the device includes a two-in-one design whereas your iPhone will fit into a case attached to this physical keyboard and it extends the device’s surface at the same time.
Clicks Technology, the company behind the gadget, is rolling out Clicks for iPhone 14 Pro models in February this year followed by iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max from mid-March onwards. The iPhone 14 Pro Clicks costs a staggering $139 and the larger Pro Max Clicks will set you back $159.
In theory, the Clicks gadget sounds pretty neat but it does have some drawbacks. First off, the size of the keyboard means you’re going to extend the overall size of your iPhone beyond what you’re used to. This means adapting to this elongated TV remote-like smartphone shape.
Secondly, the case itself doesn’t have MagSafe support so you won’t be able to use any of your MagSafe chargers or connectors. Considering Clicks is available for the iPhone 14 Pro and up, you would think it MagSafe would be a given. Thankfully, the case itself doesn’t have a battery. Clicks Technology says it draws the power directly from the iPhone itself. That power helps light up the backlit keyboard too. I won’t lie, the idea of an external backlit keyboard attached to my iPhone sounds cool.
The best part about Clicks is that when you’re typing a message with the case connected, there’s no keyboard on the phone screen. So essentially, you’re getting a full iPhone display for the first time. But you’ll “really” want to see the full display to splurge $140 on this tech.
Clicks Technology says the gadget comes in two colours including Bumblebee (yellow) and London Sky (grey). Early adopters of Clicks will get a special founder’s edition of the case which gets them VIP support (let’s hope you don’t need it) as well as early access to new colours.
You can check out a full breakdown of the Clicks keyboard below. The video was developed by MrMobile who was a partner on the project. You can also visit the official site here to order and stay up-to-date with the project.