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Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

The latest news in Apple product patents comes in the form of an older filing for the stylus known as the Apple Pencil. While the patent was filed back in 2012, it includes details on several features that may make their way into the next generation of the iPad drawing accessory, including interchangeable tips to simulate different writing/drawing tools, as well as new sensors, and even Touch ID.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Samsung to have pressure sensitive, Bluetooth C-Pen stylus

Samsung to have pressure sensitive, Bluetooth C-Pen stylus

Once upon a time, Samsung had two styluses. One was the ever popular S-Pen that could only be found in the company's Note line of devices. The other was a less known, almost forgotten C-Pen, which was, practically, just a Samsung-branded capacitive stylus of the rubbery stub kind. It seems that Samsung will try to revive that C-Pen but also give it a lot more powers this time around. Spotted from a retailer listing a new kind of C-Pen that toted Bluetooth connectivity and a narrower, almost ballpoint-like tip.

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LG Stylus 2 heading to MWC 2016 with nano-coated pen tip

LG Stylus 2 heading to MWC 2016 with nano-coated pen tip

It might not be too far-fetched to say that Samsung has a unique spot in the market when it comes to stylus-toting phablets. That, however, isn't going to stop LG from coming up with its own. In fact, at MWC 2016 next week, it will be putting up on display the LG Stylus 2. While LG has definitely leveled up its game for this particular device, the Stylus 2 remains what its predecessor clearly was: a mid-range, and hopefully affordable, smartphone equipped with a stylus with a somewhat rubbery tip.

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Huawei teases stylus-enabled “Matebook” for MWC 2016

Huawei teases stylus-enabled “Matebook” for MWC 2016

With just a few days left before MWC 2016 formally starts, companies are starting to line up their ducks to make sure they get maximum media and public attention. Samsung probably doesn't need to lift it's finger too much in this regard. LG has even already pre-announced some of the devices it will have on the side. Lenovo, via its India outfit, has teased what seems to be a speaker-centric, non-Moto smartphone. Now Huawei's own CEO is jumping in, teasing a stylus-equipped, business-oriented device that could be rumored dual booting Matebook laptop hybrid.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Over the past week and a half I've been using the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It's not what I expected. I expected it to be an experience in which the stylus (the Apple Pencil) would be speedy and the app would have simple basics. As it turned out, the Apple Pencil is speedy, yes, but latency is so extremely small it's as if the hardware were made for this app specifically. This goes for the app interacting with the Pencil as well - tapping between brushes and backing up and drawing - all of this felt entirely natural.

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Galaxy Note S Pen might someday also function as a stand

Galaxy Note S Pen might someday also function as a stand

It seems that Samsung has been busy with more than just figuring out how to get the S Pen unstuck when pushed in the opposite way. A USPTO filing, made in the third quarter last year, reveals one idea to turn that stylus into more than just an input stick. Because, after all, you won't be using it to watch a movie. Instead, the S Pen can be folded and inserted in a such way that it doubles as a stand for propping up the Galaxy Note for some much needed video binging.

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iOS 9 hack gives iPad Pro 3D Touch Peek and Pop

iOS 9 hack gives iPad Pro 3D Touch Peek and Pop

Apple's new 3D Touch functionality is currently only available on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. With its pressure sensitivity, 3D Touch enables features like Peek, where a somewhat firm press opens a preview of an email, image, etc, and Pop, which is a firmer press to fully transition to said previewed item. These features could prove to fairly useful on the new iPad Pro, but how would it work if the tablet doesn't have the same screen tech as the iPhone 6s?

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Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

While the new iPad Pro has been available for just over a week now, most buyers are still waiting on shipments of the tablet's fancy new stylus, the Apple Pencil. As always, however, iFixit has managed to get one of the first, and has already pulled it apart for our enjoyment. The teardown experts really had to work to get the writing tool open, as in cut it open with a small saw, but inside they found some surprising tech.

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There’s another odd way to charge the Apple Pencil

There’s another odd way to charge the Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil, Apple's expensive stylus that was revealed with the new iPad Pro back in September, has a very unique way of charging. It relies on Apple's now-standard Lightning connectors, with a cap on the top that pops off and lets the Pencil plug in to the iPad Pro's own charging port. While this is a handy way of charging while on the go, it does pose a bit of a problem. In order to connect with the iPad's female Lightning port, the Apple Pencil has a male connector. But what to do when the stylus needs to be charged with a male-tipped Lightning cable?

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AT&T teases stylus-enabled LG G Vista 2 coming soon

AT&T teases stylus-enabled LG G Vista 2 coming soon

Although Samsung and LG are usually painted as compatriot rivals, the latter hasn't exactly tried to always match the former when it came to product lines. Although LG did have its own take on the curved smartphone and is even rumored to have a wireless payment service in the works, it hasn't been to keen to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note series. The LG G Vista, which it launched on AT&T and Verizon last year, is one such attempt and is now getting a very slight upgrade.

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