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Monday, 29 October 2018

Apple Pencil 2 Could Feature Gesture Support, Solid State Button

It looks like Apple might also unveil the Apple Pencil 2 alongside its 2018 iPad Pro lineup at its October 30 event. As per some code and properties referenced in iOS 12, the Apple Pencil 2 will carry the model number B332 and have support for gestures.

The gesture support will allow designers to change the stroke properties by simply sliding their finger across the sides of the pencil. The information was first posted on Twitter by developer Guilherme Rambo and it was further corroborated by developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

However, the latter says the Apple Pencil 2 will have a small button — possibly a solid state one like the Home button on the iPhone 7/8 — on its side which would act as a trigger to enable the gestures. The button can also be used inside apps to show contextual menus and provide designers with quick access to the tools they need.

While not mentioned, the Apple Pencil 2 should be compatible with existing iPad Pro lineup as well. There have not been many leaks surrounding the Apple Pencil 2, though one rumor back in 2017 did claim that it would come with magnets so that it can attach itself magnetically to an iPad.

The original Apple Pencil was released back in 2015 so it is certainly due for an upgrade. Are you looking forward to Apple Pencil 2? Or do you think the changes are too small to warrant an upgrade?

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