• Apple filed a patent related to Apple Pencil
  • The patent reveals that the next-generation Apple Pencil could be more intelligent than its predecessors
  • The next Apple Pencil could feature a camera, biometric sensor, touchpad, and microphone, among others

The Cupertino company Apple first introduced the Apple Pencil to consumers in Sept. 2015 along with the iPad Pro. The device is a wireless stylus pen accessory for use with supported iPad tablet. The Apple Pencil 2 comes with a double-tap feature, but it appears that future Apple Pencil may feature a camera, microphone, and a biometric sensor with touchpad, according to a new patent filed by the Cupertino company.

The newly reported patent filed by Apple for the Apple Pencil includes details that the touch sensor on the wireless stylus accessory could sense various movements, which could include double and triple touch. Based on the patent details, Apple aims to equip the Apple Pencil with a processor, memory, power input, communication interface, sensors, power connections, and data connections. Additionally, the future Apple Pencil could release with a camera, along with a microphone, biometric sensor, and input and output connections.

The Apple patent also mentions another way of adding input to the Apple Pencil. The technology could enable users to roll the stylus on the surface or in their fingers to control something on the screen. Previous patents associated with Apple Pencil mentioned a camera integrated on the future Apple Pencil along with sensors. Based on the technology mentioned on the patents, it seems that Apple is aiming to release a more intelligent Apple Pencil.

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Apple unveils a new iPad Pro with new Apple Pencil 2 during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City. Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

The patent also mentions support for other devices, including Apple Watch and Apple TVs. It is worth noting that these details based on the Cupertino company’s patent filing are in no way indicative that a new Apple Pencil is releasing soon or that we may find these features on future Apple Pencil 3. Apple, like all other tech companies, files patents for its concepts.

Unfortunately, not all patents see production or reach consumers. Some of these patents remain as concepts and end up that way. Since this is just a patent, we suggest taking this with a pinch of salt and with skepticism. Apple is anticipated to release a new Apple Pencil this year, but so far, the Cupertino company has not mentioned anything related to the wireless stylus accessory. It is possible that the next-generation Apple Pencil could arrive alongside a new Apple iPad Pro.