Apple Pencil 3: Everything We Know
Apple is rumored to be working on a third-generation version of the Apple Pencil, but there is no word on when a new version of the Apple Pencil might come out, or which iPads it might launch alongside.
We have a limited amount of information on what might be included in a next-generation Apple Pencil, but this guide covers everything we know.
A leaked image said to depict the third-generation Apple Pencil suggests that it will look similar to the second-generation version, with the same shorter body that was introduced in the prior model.
The first-generation Apple Pencil was longer in size and thicker than the second-generation model, which has a flat edge that allows it to charge inductively through an iPad.
The third-generation model appears to have the same design, but it is made from a glossy material, and it has a different tip design.
Prior Apple Pencil designs featured a small screw-on tip, while the new version appears to have a larger tip design that screws into the Apple Pencil. The purpose behind the updated tip design isn't known at this time.
Mr. White, the leaker who shared the images of the third-generation Apple Pencil, has said that we can expect the new version to come in black as well as white.
Both the first and second-generation Apple Pencil models were released only in a white color.
The Apple Pencil is expected to have all of the functionality of the second-generation model, with low latency and integration with the latest iPad models.
All of Apple's iPads support the Apple Pencil, but Apple limited the second-generation Apple Pencil to its newer iPad Pro and iPad Air, so a third-generation model could be exclusive to newer models.
iPad-based inductive charging is expected, as is gesture support. As for new features, we're not sure what could be introduced at this point in time. Apple patented a color sensing technology that would let the Apple Pencil sample colors from the environment, but there's no word yet on whether that idea will make it into a finalized product.
The next Apple Pencil could feature interchangeable tips in different sizes, with the tips able to be swapped out magnetically. There will supposedly be different tips for drawing, technical drawing, and painting. The rumor comes from leaker Majin Bu, who has a mixed track record when it comes to information about Apple's plans.
Rumors initially suggested this new Apple Pencil could launch as early as the first half of 2021 alongside new iPad Pro models, but to date, no new Apple Pencil has appeared. It is unclear when and if we'll see this new third-generation Apple Pencil that has been described by leakers. Apple in October 2023 released the $79 Apple Pencil with USB-C, but it is not the third-generation Apple Pencil that has been described in rumors.
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