As described in a freshly-published patent filing, the keyboard on future MacBooks could incorporate "keystacks" with touch sensors and visual feedback.
Macworld reports that Samsung is asking a federal judge to throw out the patent-infringement case due to the patent office's recent decision to reject all 21 claims.
Apple disputes a Samsung assertion that any potential deal between the two smartphone rivals lacked such a provision.
The electronics giant says a judge shouldn't put a damages retrial on hold and that Samsung misstated the status of a US Patent Office re-examination into an Apple patent.
Attorneys for the Korean electronics giant say a US Patent Office ruling -- that an Apple patent might not be valid -- "calls into question the entire jury verdict in this trial."
The jury of six women and two men have determined Samsung must pay $290 million more to Apple for patent infringement.
Jury rules that Samsung must pay additional damages for patent infringement. The amount is slightly less than what Apple had requested and brings the total award to about $930 million.
Michael Wagner, an expert witness hired by Samsung, says Apple has overstated how much money it's due for Samsung's infringement on Apple's "pinch to zoom" tech.
A key Apple patent used against Samsung in court is under close scrutiny by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after a re-examination.
Thanks to Apple's legal spat with Samsung, more details are revealed in a heavily redacted copy of the Apple-HTC agreement.