Photo Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter
I’ve got to hand it to Ben Geskin. The man waited until the last minute to play his card and ruin a big reveal. Apple had a solid surprise still left in the bag until today and company execs may have thought they were home free…until they weren’t. The Apple Pencil 2 has been rumored off and on, but no real details have come out up until Mr Geskin’s big scoop. Now it looks like we know everything.
This is a very intriguing possibility. Yesterday, I was talking about the potential of Apple adding Bluetooth mouse support to the iPad Pro. However, this may be an alternative solution to opening up the iOS interface to tackle new possibilities and use cases. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Apple is up to here.
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Let’s not pretend that Apple is setting any trends here. In fact, they are bringing up the rear by a mile. Every other high-end tablet or smartphone with a stylus has a built-in attachment method or mechanism. It’s good to see Apple finally catching up here. It will make keeping up with the Pencil a LOT easier right out of the box.
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Mr Geskin says that the new Pencil will have a “new charging method.” This certainly makes sense, considering that the new iPad Pro is rumored to be moving to a USB-C port for charging and connecting peripherals. Maybe this new method is just a switch to a USB-C plug.
However, the more intriguing possibility is wireless charging. Samsung started doing this with their Note this year, albeit in a smaller package with less battery life. With the Apple Pencil’s size, it should be able to continuously charge while attached and have plenty of battery life. This would be a welcomed change that really improves the user experience of the iPad Pro.
We have a pretty good idea of what’s coming tomorrow at this point. It doesn’t matter to me, though. I’m still excited for Apple’s event and ready to get a new 12.9″ iPad Pro preordered and on the way.
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