“Apple Inc. has teamed up with an Australian startup to turn the standard QWERTY keyboard into a blank slate,” Eva Dou reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The new keyboards will be a standard feature on MacBook laptops, and will be able to display any alphabet, along with an unlimited number of special commands and emojis, people familiar with the plans said. Apple is aiming for a 2018 launch, these people said.”

“The keyboard technology has been developed by Sonder Design Pty Ltd., an Australian startup backed by Foxconn Technology Group,” Dou reports. “The keyboards will use so-called E Ink displays.”

“Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, discussed the MacBook plans with the heads of Foxconn and Sonder on Oct. 11 in China, the people said,” Dou reports. “Sonder’s stand-alone smart keyboards will be launched later this year. The preorder price is $199.”

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