Over the weekend, a report surfaced providing a glimpse of what we can expect from the upcoming iPad Pro, including a Face ID support, USB-C port, and an update to the Apple Pencil. On top of those rumors, a leaked photo also popped up online today, hinting at a redesign and a few other changes to the Apple Pencil, which will expectedly come with the new iPad Pro.
The leak comes courtesy of Ben Geskin, who shared via Twitter an image of the supposed Apple Pencil 2 attached magnetically to the side of the tablet.
Apple Pencil 2018:— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) 29 October 2018
- Design is even more minimalistic, the silver rail on top is now gone.
- Tap and Swipe gestures along the pencil.
- Magnetically attachable to the new iPad.
- New charging method. pic.twitter.com/tS1ptCWgnh
According to the leakster, the second-generation Apple Pencil will supposedly introduce support for tap and swipe gestures and a new charging method, though there's no further elaboration on what this actually entails. But there's potential that the accessory will charge once attached to the tablet, as indicated by Geskin in response to one commenter:
Yep— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) 29 October 2018
Meanwhile, another participant in the conversation dug up Patently Apple's coverage from earlier this year that showed how an Apple Pencil could be recharged while magnetically attached via a smart connector.
I was the only one who saw this! Damn it feels good being right! ( everyone was wondering what that mysterious "slider" on the side was but the relocation of the keyboard smart connector distracted them from figuring it out and most dismissed it as the sim tray ) pic.twitter.com/B02Xbk9MBL— malkomY (@Xdavior1) 29 October 2018
It's also believed that the accessory will pair up with devices via proximity rather than being plugged into the charging port, as previously suggested by code found in the iOS 12.1 betas.
In terms of design, the digital stylus is said to be featuring a "more minimalistic" look, with the accessory rumored to be ditching the silver rail on top. More details are expected to follow at Apple's upcoming event on October 30 at 10am ET.