The United States Patent and Trademark office has granted Apple a patent for a new pencil hardware that supports gesture-based commands and works with Mac trackpads.
The application for 'Stylus with inertial sensor’ shows a stylus that work seamlessly with the trackpad of a Macbook or an iMac-compatible Magic Trackpad.
The Pencil would translate movements along the surface of the trackpad into sketches within digital drawing pads, note-taking programs, and any other apps that support it. It will use electromagnetic signals from electrodes at the first end of the stylus to do so.
The motion sensors integrated in the Pencil will allow it to register ‘in air gestures’ to trigger onscreen actions, allowing users control Keynote slides or rotate objects on an iMac screen, turn the accessory into a joystick for games, or even use the Apple Pencil as "an air mouse".
Overall, the new patent details a next-generation Apple Pencil will be a far better upgrade over the current version of the stylus.
It’s important that readers take this piece of information with a pinch of salt. We wish the company brings the variant with some new motion sensing features, even if it’s limited to the iPad lineup....