Next Apple Pencil may have interchangeable tips and an eraser

Next Apple Pencil may have interchangeable tips and an eraser
It's probably no surprise that Apple would be making updates to the Pencil, but maybe most didn't expect the changes to come so quickly. Apple likes to take its time with updates, but word has it that the next Apple Pencil will have a couple nice changes, one of which is the most requested feature: an eraser (because you're allowed to make mistakes).

At least, that's what seems to be the case based on new Apple patent filings that show options coming for an Apple Pencil eraser as well as interchangeable nibs. The US Patent and Trademark Office has decided that pencils never had erasers, calligraphy sets never existed with changeable nibs, and the Microsoft Surface Pen also had no eraser option, and granted the patents to Apple. As always, well done on not understanding your only job, USPTO. 

If Apple were to institute all of the features in the patents, the various nibs would range from standard tips like a felt-tip pen, to more complex options like a force-sensing bristle brush tip or even a motion-tracking camera. The patents also mention the possibility of adding Touch ID to the Pencil, presumably so you can unlock your device just by picking up the Pencil (and also so the device can "justify" its cost?)

Since these are just patents, there's no guarantee if or when the changes will come. We'd assume the eraser feature will be in the next Pencil at the least, but the other options are less likely.

source: USPTO via The Verge

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22 Comments

1. faha1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Good work as always.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously?

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Only a bloody idiot will defend Apple/USPTO on this one.

19. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Michael H. is shaming USPTO, not defending them.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well, I'm not talking about Michael H.

14. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Who wants a stylus? You have to get em', put em' away. You lose them. Yuck. No one's going to buy a big phone.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

That's nice

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

What a joke USPTO is a joke. They grant patent ignoring reality thats Apple invented nothing they want to patent!

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

My head hurts at patents like this, and it seriously seems that Apple has someone in their pocket with the patents they get, more then a little frustrating. But of course people will support it, simply because it is Apple, oh...well.

9. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I think this one would get an uproar if it means Wacom and Microsoft can no longer sell theirs. They both have a huge following, even people who like Apple would get a little ticked if their Wacom tablet pens no longer get the features like they do now.

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, this is true, Wacom pens last I checked have been very advanced for quite some time last I checked. And Wacom is the go to brand for professional drawers.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean the first one didn't have it? lol

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They're still granted patents for this even with Wacom long being on the market with such technology? Gotta give it to apple, they sure know how to steal patents...they really live up to the Great Artist title.

8. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I'm confused. How are Apple allowed to have this patent when Microsoft and Wacom clearly did this whole setup with their Pens? I thought a patent was a form of copyrighting your very own invention so no one else can use for a while, no? Can other companies claim against a patent for it to be revoked?

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats the magic of USPTO, lol

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

People in the USPTO are either greedy bastards or bloody idiots, that's how.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because you can patent your product even if its not "novel" or unique as long as your patent means you come up with the same conclusion by other means. Example. 2 company's can patent an "elevator", but one company may have designed the mechanics in a different way and can have its own patented technology that amkes it work. So in this case, ist not the "pencil" itself that si being patented. Its has to be the mechanics of how Apple's pencil works different. In this case, WACOM pens actually can't work, unless you have the special layer underneath the display. Apple's Pencil doesn't require this hardware nor it does by some other means which can have its own patent application. You're just lookign at the basic concept, not the invention behind it.

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Surface pen already has an eraser and interchangeable nibs...

11. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

INNOVATION! /s

18. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Innovation of stupidity.

20. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

They should make a better way to charge it, it looks like it's gonna break easily when plugged

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That'll be yet another "innovative" patent; digitizer styli that last a whole year on one battery, or work perfectly without any battery.

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