Force Touch: Goodbye drawing tablets?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by emir, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. emir macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2008
    With the trackpads being able to sense pressure, does that mean with a stylus they'll be the same as a drawing tablet? That makes a lot of sense however the pressure sensing capabilities of it could be black or white, i.e. Pressure/no pressure ibstead of detecting various different pressure levels.

    If so that is a game changer and the only reason to buy and carry a drawing tablet would be the extra real estate and maybe better sensing for very professional people? But I'm guessing it would cater to most's needs.
  2. daminliu macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2015
    Well the stylus pen will be unnecessary with sensing force tech.

    Even now, you don't need a stylus for precise pointing. See this drawing app for iPad: Penpoint Drawing, which can replace stylus
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't think it offers the same level of sensitivity as tablets do, and the size of it is rather small compared to wacom tablets. In the end, you may be able to do some drawing but I think tablets are still a better choice
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    This, coming from a longtime Wacom tablet user - there's one on my desk right now - I would welcome a new product line to compete with Wacom. I'm not a fan of the N-Trig package (hardware, software) that Microsoft acquired very recently.

    Apple applied for two U.S. patents around 5 years ago, and one of them could be that product that emir is hoping for.

    The first, a stylus (granted recently):

    is significantly augmented by the second (granted about a year ago):,638,320.PN.&OS=PN/8,638,320&RS=PN/8,638,320

    Applied to a specific surface that has the capabilities of the new touchpad - or even an attached connected iPad - this works like no other graphics tablet system that I've ever used. With most of this tech owned and licensed by Wacom, I'm sure that Wacom will be keeping an eye on what comes of these U.S. patents. I haven't checked to see if there's any other patent material associated with the stylus tech (and Apple's newly patented "iPen" name as well...).

    So, it's not "Goodbye" drawing tablets, it's "Hello" new drawing tablet (and stylus)! :p

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