Apple Pencil stylus could pick out colors from the real world

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Like the look of a color, you see on a T-shirt or a book cover? You might one day be ready to tap your Apple Pencil on it and use it in your own digital designs, according to a newly published Apple patent.

The patent, as spotted by AppleInsider, details a “color-sampling stylus” that uses sensors to choose up colors that it’s pointed at. This would obviously are available very handy for art and sketching apps on the iPad.

This is actually an idea that has been appearing in Apple patents a minimum of as far back as 2014. Don’t assume that this is suddenly getting to be rushed to market – though we think it would be a well-liked upgrade.

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Apple Pencil with amazing colors

It sounds as if the color-picking Apple Pencil would come with small lights on board. Both to assist you to point at what you wanted to sample the color from (like a laser pen) and to point syncing status with another device like a tablet.

New iPad models are always on the horizon, but considering the patent was only published. In the week and filed last November, it doesn’t appear. That Apple would have enough time to urge an upgraded stylus out before the end of 2020.

The current second-gen Apple Pencil is already a fine little device, but there’s always room for improvement. Previous patents have hinted at support for new gestures – sliding your finger along the side of the pencil to scroll through a webpage, for example.

There have also been reports that Apple is considering adding stylus support to the iPhone. Except for the time being the accessory only works with Apple tablets. We will not really see that changing with the iPhone 12, either.

As always with patent applications, there is no guarantee that this device will ever make it to market. It does show one of the Apple Pencil upgrades that are being considered. It’s something to look at out for at the next iPad launch event.

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