Alongside the existing double-tap feature, Apple Pencil may gain the ability to recognize gestures such as swiping, via a more comprehensive touch-sensitive control.

Detail from the patent describing how gestures could be received using a touch-sensitive area of a future Apple PencilDetail from the patent describing how gestures could be received using a touch-sensitive area of a future Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil 2 added the ability for a user to select items or change modes by double-tapping on a panel on the stylus’s body. Having already had a patent granted for “Touch-based input for stylus,” in January 2020, Apple has now been granted an updated patent with the same name.

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