FAN OF KILLING THINGS OFF Apple could send the traditional Qwerty keyboard the way of the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-A port if new reports are anything to go by.
Typically reliable rag The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple's 2018 MacBooks will dump the standard keyboard in favour of a customisable E Ink alternative.
Apple has joined forces with Foxconn-backed Australian startup Sonder, which specialises in making such things, to work on a customisable keyboard that will reportedly enable the lettering on the keys to change.
For example, users would be able to easily switch between different languages, or the keys could be transformed into emojis if that's more your thing.
"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 told the WSJ.
Apple declined to comment on the report, but Sonder has confirmed that it's been in discussions with the firm.
We won't see Apple's fancy morphic MacBook until 2017, but the company will reportedly unveil new, not-so-fancy MacBooks at an event on 27 October.
The stars of the show look set to be new 13in and 15in MacBook Pro models, which will apparently ditch traditional USB, Thunderbolt 2 and Magsafe connectivity in favour of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.
These MacBook Pros will also reportedly feature a touch-sensitive OLED bar that replaces the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, and Apple's macOS 10.12.1 operating system. The highest-spec 15in MacBook Pro is tipped to use AMD's Polaris GPU.
Apple's MacBook Air line is also set for a refresh, but the firm will launch a new 13in model only, according to reports, and will dump the 11in model.
Previous reports suggested that Apple may include USB Type-C on the new MacBook Air, which could mean that the device will lose its traditional USB ports. µ
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