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Next generation of the Apple Pencil could support more haptic features

The next version of the Apple Pencil may add new haptic features based on a newly granted patent (number 2020012358) for a “touch-based input for stylus.”

One: it could “wake up” or power down based on how it’s gripped. It could change, select, and/or display one or more settings for it or the iPad with which it’s being use. For example, the Apple Pencil’s touch sensor could detect gestures and transmit a signal to iPad to change, select, and/or display one or more settings that affect performance of the stylus and/or the external device. The setting can relate to a characteristic (e.g., color, size, width, thickness, shape, etc.) of a marking produced by use of the stylus with the external device.

The next gen Apple Pencil could respond to sliding or rolling movements by a users’s finger. The latter could be used for such tasks as zooming in and out of images or handwriting input.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Touch-based input devices, such as a stylus, can receive tactile input from a user. The tactile input functions can be performed by a touch sensor, such as a capacitive sensing device. A touch sensor can be integrated into a stylus in a low profile form. Tactile input can be received at the user’s natural grip location. Furthermore, 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.”

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.