Apple Pencil 3 to get new 'Squeeze' gesture, iPadOS 17.5 beta suggests: Report

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Apple is preparing to launch new iPad Air and iPad Pro models soon. The new line of tablets is expected to feature updated chipsets, larger displays, thinner bezels and more new features. The Cupertino, California-based company is also expected to introduce new accessories for the iPad models as well, including the Magic Keyboard with a larger trackpad and a new Apple Pencil. A new report claims that the upcoming Apple Pencil accessory will include a “squeeze” gesture.

The iPhone maker is said to be working on the third-generation Apple Pencil, which is expected to launch alongside the new iPad models. A report from 9to5Mac on Tuesday claimed that the Apple Pencil 3 will have a new 'squeeze' gesture. According to the report, evidence of the feature was found in the code of iPadOS 17.5 beta, which was released to developers on Tuesday.

Pressing the Apple Pencil could potentially trigger a “squeeze” gesture, the report said. This feature can be used for quick interactions when using an accessory, such as adding a signature, sticker, or text.

The report notes that the “squeeze” gesture was not present on the Apple Pencil 2, which was released in 2018. Thus, evidence found in the iPadOS 17.5 beta code suggests that this feature will likely be present in the next Apple Pencil.

The Apple Pencil 3 is expected to feature magnetically interchangeable tips and support for the Find My app. A report last month claimed that the Pencil could get a smaller body and a glossy finish than its predecessors. Several magnetically interchangeable tips can be used to sketch in a variety of styles.

The Apple Pencil 3 may also get support for the Find My app, allowing users to locate the accessory if it gets lost or misplaced. However, support for the precise location feature has not been confirmed. The next Apple Pencil is expected to have a USB Type-C port, just like the Apple Pencil launched last year.

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Apple Pencil (2023) has a USB Type-C port
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Apple introduced a new Apple Pencil in October last year as an affordable alternative to the Apple Pencil 2. The accessory has a matte finish and a flat edge that helps it magnetically attach to the edge of the 10th generation iPad. The Apple Pencil (2023) has a USB Type-C port for charging and pairing, which is revealed by a sliding mechanism at the top.

The new iPad Air and iPad Pro models were expected to launch in March or April, but Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported last week that the launch of the next-generation Apple tablet has been delayed until May. The report says that the M2-powered iPad Air and M3-powered iPad Pro models will be unveiled early next month ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.


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