An Apple Pencil that warps? Pay attention to this patent — 2022

When we use a pair of AirPods or an Apple Pencil, we always feel a material that is totally solid. This may be totally different in a few years, asApple is patenting different technologieswhich would allow deformed materials to be included in these accessories. In this article we tell you everything about this patent and its recent update.

Compressible materials could reach Apple accessories

As we say, this is not a new patent but it was already registered a few months ago. The novelty is that it has now received an update from Apple that enriches it with new data and also shows that it is still in the company's mind to continue on this path. Specifically, we are talking about an input device that includes a casing made of deformable materials. When a force is applied, it deforms, a sensor inside the accessory would be activated, which would generate a response. The answer that is offered will depend on the force that this entrance zone receives since the vacuum space that is generated inside is specifically measured.

Obviously this feature will not be distributed throughout the accessory. There would be an area where this hyperelastic material would be located enclosed between two inflexible discs. In this way the pressure must always be located in the same area. This is something that can be roughly assimilated with 3D Touch technology where a response is received when applying a force. In this case, the area where the compression should be done would be very well defined. In the hole where the pressure would be applied, there would be a compressible gas that would help the sensor to measure this force.



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Practical applications of the patent

There are many users who can give this technology in different accessories. In this case, it applies to Apple Pencil and AirPods because they have a cylindrical shape and are perfect for introducing this technology. With a slight pressure you could get a function such as changing tools on the pen or changing songs through the AirPods. Right now these types of interactions are carried out with tactile surfaces but they do not offer any type of feedback. With this technology, this response could be received, assimilating the experience of having a physical button, but its response will vary depending on the pressure. We remember that at present it is even possibletake screenshots with Apple Pencil.

And it even goes much further in the case of the Apple Pencil. Right now artists don't have an easy way to quickly copy a color to continue making their artwork on iPad. The patent itself raises the possibility that the pencil detects through a laser the color on which the pencil is located and with a slight pressure it can be copied and worked with. This is something that would make this accessory much more attractive to artists by saving them this step that would require them to go through the touch panel and select the specific color. This is something that has not yet been implemented, but the fact that Apple updates the patents indicates that they have it very much in mind in their development, marking an importantdifference with the first and second generation Apple Pencil.