The Apple Pencil 3 could be a game-changer for artists thanks to a new modular design

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Set to accompany next-generation iPads, the Apple Pencil 3 could come with three interchangeable tips for different styles of drawing.

According to Apple reporter and occasional prankster Majin Bu, this would allow artists to swap between drawing, technical drawing, and painting tips on the fly without having to opt for a digital solution found in most drawing apps today. 

Bu cites their source but doesn’t substantiate this claim. While we can't verify the accuracy of this claim, they do have a proven track record — so this rumor likely has some weight 

This modular design means you can replace tips to allow for a broader end, a thin point, or a shorter tip, allowing your fingers to hold the pen a little further down. This is all designed to give potential artists more ways to leverage their Pencil to get what they want out of it. 

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If true, this modular design idea is great, and may replace the need for extra pencils like the Logitech Crayon. As the Apple Pencil 3 will be functional with the next generation of iPads, it may genuinely give artists a reason to upgrade. Outside of potentially having the M3 chip and even better storage, new accessories will largely determine how big an improvement the next generation of iPad is for creatives.

Where more traditional drawing tablets are often used to accompany desktops and laptops, the joy of an iPad is that you don’t need to pair it with a device to get the most out of it. You can just open up a drawing app and get started. It will also allow app developers to implement more granular updates, with more niche use cases. These new tips could make an already great device even more impressive, adding further versatility to the Apple Pencil.

James Bentley

James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person. 

With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 

As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.