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What might we expect in a third generation Apple Pencil?

In his latest “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the upcoming Apple Pencil update will have haptic feedback for the first time.

What might we expect in a third generation Apple Pencil? Apple has been granted patents that involve:

° An Apple Pencil that can detect and reproduce colors and textures;

° An Apple Pencil that can measure the coordinates of a 3D object and create 3D illustrations, 

° An Apple Pencil with hover sensors and expanded touch sensors;

° An Apple Pencil that responds to squeezes;

° An Apple Pencil that can be used while it’s charging;

° An Apple Pencil with “Find My” capabilities.

Other new rumored features include: 

° 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.

° Support for a rolling gesture that would allow you to zoom in on the iPad. 

° A pivotal end that allows for rolling and sliding gestures.

Some of these speculated features are pretty far-fetched. However, Apple has filed for a patent (US 20230195246 A1) that would allow a user to manipulate an Apple Pencil across an input surface of iPad with the movement to be detected using axially-aligned electric fields generated by the stylus. What’s more, the stylus may also include a force-sensitive structure that can be used to estimate a force applied to the electronic device by the stylus.

There’s no hint as to when we’ll see a third generation Apple Pencil. However, when it arrives, I’d love for it to be offered in black, as well as white.

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.