01 November 2018
A new patent surfaced through the USPTO indicates what the next Apple Pencil could feature. The Apple Pencil 2 arrived with some major upgrades including the double-tap feature to invoke a few functions and now the patent application shows the successor is going to have some advanced features that would help in defining the existence of the accessory even further.
The patent shows the Apple Pencil in question will gain the ability to recognize gestures such as swiping, via a more comprehensive touch-sensitive control. The stylus is going to have a flexible sensor positioned at the user’s fingertips to receive tactile inputs. The application particularly mentions that the stylus will have the ability to recognize between the tactile inputs and the natural grip.
The stylus can effectively distinguish between tactile inputs from a user and disregard sustained tactile inputs that are provided while the user simply holds the stylus at the user's natural grip location.
There are reportedly a couple of more Apple patents for future versions of the Apple Pencil as well One shows there could be an upgraded stylus that simulates the feeling of drawing on paper via the haptic feedback. There is one more patent depicting a camera in the tip for recording physical characteristics of any surface or object visually reproduce them on a device such as an iPad or iPhone. Well, this sounds more like Samsung’s C-Lab project called the Hyler that collects information from the paper and digitalizes it onto mobile devices for several purposes.
If such a productive Apple Pencil is really coming this year, we would learn more about the same.