Rumors have been swirling that Apple is about to acquire yet another tech startup, the Australian company Sonder Design, arousing intense interest and speculations that dynamic e-ink keyboards, able to shift between different interfaces depending on the application, will be incorporated into the next generation of Macs.

Much like the way you can switch between languages on a keyboard on your mobile screen, the E-ink display, the same kind used for Kindle, will allow the keyboard to shift between not only languages, but photoshop shortcuts, emoticons, game controls, and anything else developers see worthy to create.

Fransisco Serra-Martins, founder of the company, is confident that unlike kindle which “blinks” between pages, a timing control device means there will be no or little time-lapse as you toggle between keyboard interfaces. “You could play a video on there,” he says.

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April Ma

Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).