Apple has just sent out an invitation for its upcoming Mac launch event happening next week, but it looks like rumours have already started brewing for 2018 MacBooks. According to reports, the Cupertino company will use dynamic e-ink on its 2018 MacBooks.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working with an Australian startup, Sonder, a company that will be launching its own Bluetooth e-ink keyboard later this year. This isn’t the first time Apple is associated with Sonder, The Guardian also reported that Apple has plans to buy Sonder, and Tim Cook met up with the company’s chief executive in China just last week. The UK paper also cites a Reddit post where a user claims to have used a prototype Apple e-ink keyboard developed using Sonder’s technology. Sadly though, the Reddit post has already been removed.
So, what’s the use of an e-ink keyboard? Customisations of course, users will not only be able to change the keyboard’s layout to a different language, but also to become context-sensitive buttons for software like Photoshop. Sonder’s keyboard is available for preorder and will ship later this year, so check out the product page to see how the “world’s first E Ink keyboard” works.
Of course, take this rumour with a pinch of salt. Neither Apple nor Sonder have confirmed anything; Sonder even issued a press release to debunk The Guardian’s article that says that Sonder’s founder Francisco Serra-Martins met up with Tim Cook earlier this month.