The Apple Pencil has been a huge hit, adding precision and convenience to those who want to use their iPad for art, graphic design, or as a very expensive laptop.
With the current model making its debut in November 2018, we have several reasons to believe that Apple may announce a new Apple Pencil 3 in 2021.
In this article, we summarize the rumors surrounding the third-generation Apple Pencil to see what we can expect when it finally comes within our grasp.
Apple has yet to confirm anything about the third generation of its stylus, but looking at past release dates can help us predict when we might expect it to arrive. The first-generation model was introduced on November 11, 2015, followed by the second-generation version three years later on November 7, 2018.
While there aren’t many precedents, if Apple sticks to its previous model, we should see the third-generation Apple Pencil in November 2021.
It was hoped that the new Apple Pencil 3 would see the light of day at Apple’s spring event with the arrival of the new iPad Pro, but it isn’t. This means that we will have to keep waiting so that we can enjoy a new generation of Apple Pencil. Plus, the fact that they weren’t announced alongside the iPad Pro suggests the wait could be longer than we initially thought.
Design and functionality
So far, the main rumor that is gaining traction is that the Apple Pencil 3 will be the first to move beyond the white-only livery and introduce a black option. The main source of this speculation seems to come from a Tweeter of the mysterious Mr. White (@laobiTD) posting various Apple related images including the recent iPhone 12 RAM A14 leak.
Apple recently obtained several interesting patents relating to the Apple Pencil, some of which may well appear on the third generation model.
One of the more tempting innovations is a touch bar type display on the side of the stylus. Now, in the diagram posted on Patently Apple’s excellent website, the windows appear to be quite small, but it is possible that they contain pop-up options that allow additional functionality for the device.
The image also indicates some sort of Force Touch capabilities that could be used to add functionality to the Apple Pencil.
There are also additional patents to show a new pencil. It can sense orientati on and movement, with a twisting motion that acts as a trigger for a command.
This seems to suggest a control of Zoom built into the pencil, which would be of great interest to artists who wish to work on fine details and then zoom out to view the larger image.
Haptic feedback is another feature that could come on the new model, as another patent has been reported stating that a stylus will vibrate in response to data fed from an iPad or iPhone, making it appear as if the user is tapping on it. . textures.
It’s not immediately obvious that this will be useful, but it could make the drawing or writing experience more authentic for those who prefer non-technical materials.
We’ve seen in the past that Apple has patented a concept that allows a pencil to write, essentially, in the air. While it might sound like a rather odd idea, when combined with VR or AR software, it could become a fascinating new way to interact with digital images and data.
Of course, all of this has to be noted by the fact that Apple has applied for and obtained numerous patents, but a good chunk of them never resulted in a final product. At least not yet.
When the first Apple Pencil arrived, it cost $ 99. This was followed by a price increase for the second-generation model, which debuted at 129. Depending on some of the technologies mentioned, the third-generation Apple Pencil could increase that amount even further.
Incorporating touchscreens and displays won’t be cheap, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see numbers of 159 or even higher, with a possible price cut for older models.
We recently saw with the iPad Magic Keyboard Pro that Apple doesn’t hesitate to put huge price tags on its accessories. Sadly, velvet rope seems to come into play for Apple’s new pencil as well when it finally arrives.
Whatever the details, be sure to visit this page regularly as we continue to keep you up to date with the latest news regarding Apple’s premium stylus.