The Apple Pencil allows users to write, pull or illustrate on their iPads – and while it does so intensely well, it’s not but a limitations. Luckily, Apple seems to be building several facilities and accessories that could make a destiny Apple Pencil even some-more versatile for artists and illustrators.
A obvious recently postulated to Apple, published on Thursday and initial speckled by Patently Apple, lays out a few probable examples.
The obvious sum how an transmutable tip could radically spin an Apple Pencil into an Apple Paintbrush. Specifically, it describes a tip with “flexible hit members” that are able of “independently flexing relations to one another.” In other words, a brush-like accessory.
While it describes a paintbrush in a typically unenlightened denunciation of patents, it’s flattering clearly describing how a brush connection could concede an iPad to magnitude individual bristles. That could concede it to impersonate a normal paintbrush, including determining paint upsurge in an image.
The obvious goes a step serve than that, too. While it doesn’t categorically infer that Apple will entrance a array of transmutable tips for a destiny Apple Pencil, it does advise that haptic feedback could be leveraged to make opposite tips “feel” some-more like genuine sketch utensils.
As a obvious puts it, “haptic feedback can engage a transformation, displacement, oscillation, quivering or alteration of a physique of element (e.g., substrate).”
In layman’s terms, a destiny Apple Pencil and iPad combo could use haptic feedback to yield synthetic sensations that could closely impersonate regulating opposite sketch collection on opposite materials.
Basically, a “marker” tip might feel some-more like sketch with an tangible marker, providing a opposite feedback response from a “pencil” tip.
Presumably, a haptic feedback could extend to opposite forms of art media — simulating opposite forms of paper or other surfaces that an artist might pull upon.
Of course, patents don’t give any denote when a record they report might debut. More than that, Apple files a lot of patents that it never ends adult regulating in consumer-facing products. But an Apple Pencil with transmutable tips and a some-more true-to-life sketch knowledge would be both critical boons to artists, painters and iPad Pro creatives everywhere.