Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch the highly anticipated third-generation Apple Pencil. According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, the company has scheduled media briefings with YouTubers this week, which could be followed by a press release. While it is not yet clear if the press release will unveil new iPads alongside the Apple Pencil or focus solely on the new stylus, the launch seems imminent.
One of the notable features of the Apple Pencil 3 is expected to be swappable magnetic tips. These tips will come in varying thicknesses, allowing users to choose the one that suits their needs. A thinner tip would be ideal for note-taking, while artists and doodlers would benefit from thicker tips or even tips with different shapes. There is also a possibility that all the swappable tips will be of the same size and shape, but easily detachable for replacement purposes.
In terms of design, leaked images from 2021 suggested that the third-generation Apple Pencil would be shorter in length and have a glossy, rounded finish. Although it is unclear if these rumors still hold true, the larger tip component seen in the images aligns with the speculated swappable tips feature.
Another potential change in the Apple Pencil 3 is the inclusion of USB-C support. Currently, Apple offers two versions of the Apple Pencil: the original, first-generation model with a Lightning connector, and the second-generation model with compatibility across all iPad models. With USB-C becoming the standard connection port for Apple products, it is likely that the first-generation Apple Pencil will receive a USB-C refresh.
Rumors from 2020 suggested that the third-generation Apple Pencil would come in black and white color options, offering a departure from the standard design. However, it remains to be seen if these rumors will materialize after almost three years.
Although there is speculation about new iPads being unveiled alongside the Apple Pencil 3, sources indicate that this is unlikely. Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman have both suggested that the launch event will not feature new iPads. However, there have been reports of a forthcoming universal Apple Pencil that would work with all iPad models when the devices do receive an update.
As Apple’s announcement draws closer, tech enthusiasts and Apple fans eagerly await the unveiling of the third-generation Apple Pencil and any additional surprises the company may have in store.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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