Latest Apple Pencil Patent Details Features like Touch ID, Force Touch, More

Apple has been granted a series of patents by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. The list of patents includes the one that details new Apple Pencil features like Touch ID, pressure sensors and a haptic feedback sensor on the pencil body.

The patent talks about the possibility of Apple Pencil including more different components like biometric readers, orientation detectors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, display, sensor, switch, and buttons. Furthermore, Apple also mentions that Apple Pencil will use one or more than one sensor in order to detect when the tip of makes contact with the surface. The list of sensors includes capacitive sensors, pressure sensors, photodiodes, and piezoelectric sensors.

Apple has explained the patent with the help of two illustrations, one that shows a perspective view of a guide tube and the other one that depicts the front sectional view. As you can see in the image below, the piezoelectric device is shown in a deformed state which in turn will signal force touch activation. The patent was first filed in Q3 2017 and US Patent and Trademark Office has published it today.

Our Take

All said and done, the patent offers a new perspective when it comes to Apple Pencil. The biometric sensor will help users unlock their iPad with the help of Apple Pencil and the feature can also be used to lock/unlock the stylus. Pressure-sensitive touch on Apple Pencil will come in handy when users want to access multiple features within the user interface. For example, a long press could be programmed as an undo button.

Apple is striving hard to make the stylus similar to the real pencil. This is expected to help professionals like artists and graphic designers get their work done with relative ease.

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[via USPTO]