Apple continues to explore new features of Apple pencil. Now two new patents show possible new features, including tactile feedback and guidance, and display more information on Apple pencil itself.Apple's new patent shows that in the future, apple pencil may integrate touch bar like controls, and it will also display a graphic view that is usually obscured by the pen itself and the user's hand.
In U.S. Patent No. 20200089341 "stylus with glass component",AppleThis is described. Apple says the tip of the Apple Pencil pen or the side of the current flat can be made of glass, which will help input and output. Apple Pencil can have more touch-sensitive areas and the glass part can be used as a display screen. he patent application also describes the use of glass as an overall improvement of the Apple Pencil.
The patent states that plastics and coatings are generally porous and susceptible to penetration by debris, especially when the stylus is frequently used and in contact with other surfaces. Therefore, part of the stylus provides a durable external surface to resist the penetration of debris and reduce the impact of wear. The glass components can be provided in various shapes and arrangements, which provide aesthetic choices and can be customized according to personal preferences. In addition, the capacitive touch sensor in the stylus can be used to promote touch transmission Incoming test.
The patent says that in the future, apple pencil will be used to detect the user's tap, double-click, triple tap or other tap gestures. In addition, the touch sensor can be used to detect the user's sliding gesture or the user's rolling gesture. As a result, apple pencil may be able to detect when a user is sliding his or her fingers over a glass, or just when he or she is rolling a pencil in his or her hand. For example, the former can be used to let users change the thickness of strokes, while the latter may be a way to increase the sensitivity of selection.
In addition, the patent proposes a color LCD tip for Apple pencil, and the new application describes the display of color on the glass side of the stylus body. Apple pencil itself can display colors, such as those selected from a palette. The display screen on the pencil glass surface can show part of the screen blocked by Apple pencil, making apple pencil appear transparent.