What you need to know
- A recently published Apple patent seems to build on previous suggestions the Apple Pencil may one day include haptic feedback.
- A newly published patent has revealed how the Pencil could be used to provide haptic feedback to a user.
- The Pencil would also be able to sense a user's pressure and grip, minimizing the disruption caused by the vibration.
An Apple patent has revealed how Apple's Pencil could one day provide haptic feedback to users, whilst measuring your grip and pressure to ensure the vibration doesn't disrupt your work.
The patent is titled 'Touch-based input device with haptic feedback' and was published on February 18. The abstract states:
According to the description:
The patent would essentially allow the Apple Pencil to detect how you are holding it, adjusting the feedback provided accordingly. Apple has previously published several patents suggesting that it plans to incorporate haptic feedback into the device. Back in October, a patent revealed how Apple was exploring using magnetic field generator to provide haptic feedback.
More recently, in December, a patent revealed how haptic feedback could be used to simulate writing and drawing on different surfaces by mimicking the feel of drawing on paper.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
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