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Report: Apple and Sonder in Talks On Dynamic Keyboard Technology

All Things Mac
October 13, 2016

Sonder has been in talks with Apple relating to the company’s dynamic keyboard technology. The talks have been facilitated by longtime Apple manufacturer Foxconn International Holders and E Ink Holdings, according to 9to5 Mac.

According to the report, Apple is interested in the Australian startup’s laptop module available for OEMs. Rumors suggest that Apple’s next MacBook Pro could feature an OLED display touch panel in place of the keyboard’s current top row of function keys, so this report makes sense.

Earlier this week, a Redditor claimed to have seen a prototype e-ink Magic keyboard at a Foxconn event at Tsinghua University in China.

Sonder is set to release a $199 standalone keyboard that uses E Ink technology to offer dynamic, contextual keys that can customize a user’s experience.

Other uses

I’m convinced that Apple isn’t only interested in Sonder’s laptop module. Wouldn’t this technology also work well on the company’s long-rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri standalone device? How about on a future Apple TV controller?

Given Apple’s close ties to Foxconn, I’d bet that Apple plans on buying all of Sonder very soon.