New Apple Pencil patent shows a stylus with numerous touch sensors

New Apple Pencil patent shows a stylus with numerous touch sensors
Last year, Apple introduced a new product, some might consider shocking — a stylus (gasp)! The new Apple Pencil is an accessory for the iPad Pro line, allowing professionals to use it as an elaborate drawing and handwriting tool.

Today, the USPTO published a patent, submitted by Cupertino in 2014. It details a stylus covered in touch sensors along its length. It may be a bit weird to imagine tapping different parts of the Pencil, but that's not exactly what Apple seems to be planning. According to the patent, the gizmo would employ said sensors to read the way the user is gripping the Pencil, as well as various gestures, such as rotating the stylus in hand, and have the iPad's software react accordingly.

This is a rather cool upgrade, but, since it's just a patent, it may never see the light of day. We have heard, however, that the next iteration of the Apple stylus may have interchangeable tips and an eraser, which sounds quite plausible, since 3rd party manufacturers have already been doing it for quite some time.



An additional array of force-sensitive sensors are also listed, which would react when the user grips the stylus more firmly. This could potentially help with increasing drawing precision by letting the user “lock in” points in the drawn line, or, alternatively, activate various virtual buttons.

Another patent details a way that future iPhones may be able to determine which hand the user is holding the device with and adjusting its UI appropriately — sort of like a dynamic one-handed mode. The patent outlines the need for very quick and accurate reading of the situation and use of touch sensors along the phone's sides to do so. The device should be able to follow the user's thumb in order to better understand how to best arrange the UI. This, if it is ever done, should be of very good use to owners of the rather large iPhone Plus units.



source: AppleInsider via SlashGear

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28 Comments

1. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Who needs a stylus?

2. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Lol you say it before me, smh apple keep going back on their boastful words,lol calls other companies phone cheap plastic, then turn around and make it iPhone 5c and said unapologetically plastic, lol and sheep's rejoice!!!

3. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Lol you say it before me, smh apple keep going back on their boastful words,lol calls other companies phone cheap plastic, then turn around and make it iPhone 5c and said unapologetically plastic, lol and sheep's rejoice!!!

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Steve was talking about a phone such as the Palm Treo. You needed a stylus to use it. I know because I still have mine. Apple still does not have a stylus for the iPhone. Until they do, you have no argument!

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

iPad is a very big iPhone.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There really is a level of control you have with a stylus that you simply do not get with any other input... That being said, I still wouldn't really have any use of it on a phone unless I downloaded some decent draw/sketch app.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

SketchBook is awesome on mobile and Windows.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

.....on a phone?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder what your excuse will become when the iPhone "Pro" lands with apple pencil support: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-7-Pro-renders-show-us-what-might-be-Apples-handset-for-the-enterprise_id81986 BTW, jobs was referring to the use of stylus on tablets too, so, that excuse is already moot: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1MXoncZ

13. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Where are God given 10 fingers..lol

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Said Jobs in 2007, when the stylus was dying. Samsung reinvigorated it. Stop trolling, that was 9 years ago.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The stylus wasn't dying. Apple simply tried to kill it and they couldn't. Your fingers cant provide pen-point accuracy when doing things like drawing. Sure you can draw very well on a device using the tools and use your finger. But your finger cant provide "pen-point" accuracy needed for details, that would require constant zooming in and out if you used a finger. Since for me I havent gotten use to using swipe for typing, I can type very fast even using the stylus because I wont make a mistake an hit keys I dont want too. Since you have a Note 5, don't you sue your pen for everything? I use it to type, scroll, and just mostly everything. I am so happy to not have to wipe my display everyday.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Said Jobs in 2007, when the stylus was dying" Stylus dying? That's one seriously naive statement. FYI, Wacom has been around since July 1983, it's their tech that Samsung uses in their Smartphone, the same tech many other Tablet PC manufacturers have been using since 2002, and it's their tech that most professional artists have been using up till today in conjunction with applications like the full Photoshop. They never went anywhere, just apple making bold stupid claims, similar to "Macs don't get viruses" that's still in use today in retail stores, trying to market their products.

4. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

B-but he said, no one needs that stick!

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There are three, and a repeat, reading comprehension fails above me. Steve Jobs said you didn't need a stylus to interact with a phone. He never said anything about the value of them for content creation. Apple has always been big with creative professionals, so building a stylus for the iPad was a natural thing to do.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"He never said anything about the value of them for content creation. Apple has always been big with creative professionals, so building a stylus for the iPad was a natural thing to do." Except he clearly did diss it in terms of tablets too, hear it from his mouth for yourself: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1MXoncZ

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Mr electrifryer, which part of that clip did he diss the use of a stylus? He said " if you NEED a stylus, you already failed". Can you not comprehend that he's talking about not a CHOICE but the NEED for a stylus. He went on to elaborate that the reason MS uses a stylus because the OS it runs requires pinpoint presission - then he says that the software to allow a person to navigate a tablet without a stylus needs to be different, because finger input is "crude". Once again he's comparing the crudness of a finger input to stylus - and that in order to remove stylus from tablet AS A NECESSITY - you must rebuild the OS to calculate the imprecise input of a finger or make an OS that allows easy input when navigating so that you don't have to reach for a stylus. TLDR? He said that stylus AS PRIMARY input is bad, finger should be primary input and stylus can be Optional. Never did he say - stylus is BAD! No to stylus! Kill stylus!

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Mr electrifryer, which part of that clip did he diss the use of a stylus" Were you deaf for the first 20 seconds? During that time frame, he clearly states: "Hand writing is the slowest input method ever invented and it's doomed to failure" Does that sound like a praise to the stylus? Or is your gullible mindset thinking "that's a fact"? If the latter, let's see you write/draw precisely and neatly, faster with any other input method...not even gonna bother reading any further than that your first sentence.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Wow... Do you hear yourself? Why do you think we type instead of write in today's world? Imagine hand writing a text using an input device like a stylus vs doing it with your thumbs. He has not once mentioned drawing - he's talking about using a stylus to type - remember the PDA's? You needed either a stylus to type letters one by one or you scribble words and the system tries to recognize your words and changed to typed text. Now we input text using our thumbs and it's the most fastest vs "hand writing". TLDR: you try writing a paragraph using a stylus and I'll type on my screen - which do you think will be faster? Gees dude, you're seriously looking to demonize Apple - you failed.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Wow... Do you hear yourself? Why do you think we type instead of write in today's world?" The ignorance sure is strong with this one. What do you think the apple pencil was made for? Why not simply use your keyboard and mouse for that instead?

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple Pencil was specifically to draw, it wasn't designed to be a primary input device, you woildnt use it to navigate the UI, type text, or solitaire - you would use the pencil to draw, create, but not as primary input. Please learn the difference between the NEED primary input device such as stylus and what the pencil is - which is an optional accesory that's not required to easily navigate a modern touchscreen device compared to PDA's and tablet computers that Steve was comparing when he was talking about early Microsoft tablets. What do you use to type your post? A stylus or fingers? Would you give up using thumbs to type and use a stylus to select letters from the screen? That's what Steve was talking about!!!!

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Apple Pencil was specifically to draw" Regardless how you choose to use it, It's still the same input method jobs was referring to. Or you want to now make the asinine claim that "hand drawing" uses a different input method from "hand writing"?

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep, that's why it took them 6 years to have one of their own, because it was so important for creation.

10. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Lol and the sheep's get defensive, when Steve Jobs made that speech, I wasn't singling out smartphone alone, and I'm sure the iPad is just another input device, and from calling other companies products cheap plastic, to unapologetically plastic,smfh apple is confused! !

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Real quick: when did stove or Apple ever said that plastic is bad or that they'll never build a plastic device? They might have insisted that aluminum is a better material: feel and benefits like heat dispersement. They might have implied that it's more expensive to work with than plastic... I certantly think that aluminum/ steel is miles better than plastic, feel and finish. Appears toy everyone agrees since even the Chinese brands are building metal phones now. Do not mix up what Apple said with what fanboys say (or worse what trolls accuse Apple fans of saying).

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@Alik. Let these ignorant, no life having trolls troll bro. Times have changed, Apple saw the need for a stylus, and made a great one. They'll come here to nag, and fish for green thumbs, and Apple will continue to make great products and do big business.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't know man, it seems like the only ones screaming "innovation" or "Apple said they'll never use stylus" are Apple haters themselves. I remember trying the first touchscreen smartphone - it was miles ahead of any screen input device ever. How easy and smooth the original iPhone was. I was surprised that the screen guessed where I wanted to press regardless how fat my thumbs were - using touch screens was impossible without a stylus before iPhone - and this is what Steve was talking about - building a device without the need for stylus "yack - who wants a stylus when you got a finger" hence, it's a comparison for a primary input - but the haters keep chanting "Steve said they'll never use a stylus". I'm just tired of the same wrong remarks. The thing is, they know what Steve meant, but they can't control themselves - "must hate apple! Must hate iPhone users!".

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sheep gotta sheep bro lol.

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