You can’t deny that the arrival of the iPhone completely changed the way smartphones looked. Hell, the original Google Phone had more in common with a Blackberry than the sleek form factor we’ve all come to know and (mostly) love. But did Apple leap out the gate with a keyless design in mind?
Tony Fadell talked to The Verge, and claimed that early on in the design process, hardware keyboards were considered — and considered seriously. The software keyboard eventually won out, but how much would the world of smartphones be different if Apple had decided to go for a physical set of buttons on their gamechanging device?