The new Apple Pencil 3 is fast approaching, according to a rumor from Mac Otakara, a Japanese blog. If this is true, it’s about time. We haven’t seen an update to the Apple Pencil since the release of the second-generation model in 2018.
This rumor aligns with a late September leak from popular Apple tipster Majin Bu (but keep in mind that they have a patchy track record).
Apple Pencil 3: 3 new features we’re expecting
As we recently reported, there are whispers that Apple is unleashing a slew of new iPads very soon, but Mac Otakara has a different prognostication. The Japanese tech outlet claims that, instead of iPads, we should be on the look out for a new Apple pencil.
Let’s take a look at the new Apple Pencil 3 features we’re expecting to see.
1. Interchangeable tips
According to Majin Bu, the new Pencil 3 will ship with three replaceable magnetic tips that will be suitable for different purposes, including technical drawing, painting, and more.
Following the steps of the iPhone 15, the new Apple Pencil 3 will reportedly have USB-C connectivity, according to a hawk-eyed discovery from MacRumors Contributing Writer Steve Moser. He spotted a code in the iOS 17.1 Beta 2 that says the following:
PENCIL_LOW_BATTERY_ALERT_MESSAGE” – “Connect to USB-C to recharge soon.”
“[This suggests] that Apple may be planning an Apple Pencil 3 with USB-C charging support,” Moser said in an X post.
3. Color sampling
Moser also pointed out that the new Pencil 3 is rumored to have a color sampling feature, a rumor that’s based on an Apple patent. This perk lets you harness the hues of real-life objects before using them for your digital drawings. This tech will reportedly use an optical sensor and a light emitter. However, there’s a chance that this concept may not manifest into reality.
I’m skeptical of Mac Otakara’s claim that Apple is swapping an iPad release for an Apple Pencil 3 launch. I’m much more inclined to believe Apple analyst and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who has an accuracy track record of 87%, according to Apple Track.
He reported that new entry-level iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini models are expected to launch in the near future.