Apple Pencil 3 may support double squeeze, long squeeze gestures

An Apple Pencil 3 may support double squeeze and long squeeze gestures.

According to iMore, the code present in the iPadOS 17.5 beta reveals that Apple is set to introduce new stylus-based gesture controls that wouldn’t be possible with the current generation Apple Pencil 2.

According to the code, the Apple Pencil 3 will be able to identify if a user gives the barrel of the stylus a long squeeze or a “double squeeze,”presumably assigning different shortcut commands to each action.

Apple is expected to debut the updated input device along with new iPad Pros, iPad Airs, and a new Magic Keyboard next month. There have been numerous rumors about what features the Apple Pencil 3 might have. Among them:

° It will work with Apple’s Find My app so users can find a missing Pencil.

° It will have new sensors for more haptic feedback features.

° The tip of the Apple Pencil could have new tech that supports additional features or more accurate drawing accuracy.

° It will have support for a rolling gesture that would allow you to zoom in on the iPad. 

° And (the least likely of all to appear this year): the ability for the Apple Pencil to scan colors from real-life environments into the iPad.

What’s more, future Apple Pencils could measure the coordinates of a 3D object and create 3D illustrations, as hinted at by an Apple patent (number 10,739,870) for a “stylus for coordinate measuring.”

Per the patent data, position data can be calculated based on, for example, acceleration, orientation, and static parameters of a stylus. As the Apple Pencil contacts contours of the object, the position data of the Pencil can allow mapping of the object as well as digital rendering thereof. The Apple Pencil can also be used to virtually create three-dimensional illustrations.          

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.