Future Apple Pencil Models May Have a Touch Interface

The Apple Pencil is not your ordinary stylus, which explains why it costs so much. With Apple Pencil 2, the company put in some significant upgrades like the addition of a panel that lets you double-tap to change modes or pick items on the UI. However, a new patent application submitted to the USPTO suggests that an even bigger upgrade may be coming in the future.

In this patent application (US Patent No 20200012358) Apple talks about how it can include a touch interface that allows the user to interact with the display of the iPad or similar device. This is also because of the implication that a user would not use the Apple Pencil and the touchscreen of the device at the same time, so it makes sense to provide scrolling controls on the stylus.

Further, it is said that this panel will be able to disregard accidental touches that can occur while holding the stylus at the user’s natural grip. As this is only a patent application, there’s no word on when we’ll see this technology on the Apple Pencil. But it’s important to remember that Apple has several other patents pertaining to the Pencil, including one from December 2019 which suggested the use of haptic feedback on the stylus to enhance user experience.

Another patent from around the same time discusses the possibility of using a camera on the stylus in order to calculate and record objects or surfaces in the user’s surroundings. Keeping this in mind, we’re not holding our breath to see the aforementioned touch interface on the Apple Pencil 3 or 4.

What do you make of this new patent?

Source: USPTO

Via: Apple Insider