The Apple Pencil offers the ultimate in precision for creative iPad users, but the latest information from Apple reveals how the tool could be taken in an entirely new direction, offering features never seen before.
According to a patent picked up by PatentlyApple, Apple has been working on a version of the Apple Pencil that contains new color-sensing hardware. This would enable the user to copy a color from a real-world object and then immediately start drawing with that exact color on the iPad or iPhone.
This technology would open up a whole new world for possibilities for Apple devices, benefitting casual and professional users alike. The patent details many potential uses for the device, including taking color measurements from printed items, colored objects such as pieces of furniture, human skin and plants.
In the photographic field, the ability to take such color measurements would be a godsend to those involved in product photography where accurate color reproduction is critical. You could, for example, directly compare the colors depicted in online product shots with the original objects to make sure they match.
Apple’s patent goes on to suggest certain health-based applications. In one example, measurements are taken from colored medical test strips to assess glucose, protein, ketones or pH levels. This could help expand Apple’s health monitoring capabilities into new areas by monitoring a range of important new metrics.
As is always the case with patents, there’s no guarantee that this concept will actually make it into production but it’s a clear indication that, when it comes to tablets, Apple looks set to pull even further ahead of the competition.