Second-Generation Apple Pencil Rumored for March of 2017


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple may be planning to introduce a second-generation Apple Pencil this year, according to rumors out of the Asian supply chain. The new Apple Pencil could be unveiled at an event rumored to take place in March, where it would be shown off along with the next-generation iPad Pro.

Prospective features for a second-generation Apple Pencil aren't known, but a previous report from Bloomberg has suggested Apple is considering new iPad capabilities that would let the Apple Pencil to work in a larger range of apps, which could be introduced alongside the new accessory.

There's also been some speculation that Apple could build in functionality outlined in several patents, including new antenna technology and a magnet that would allow the Apple Pencil to attach to an iPad's body when not in use.

While we don't yet have any concrete detail on what could potentially be included in a second-generation Apple Pencil, given the major changes expected to be introduced to the iPad Pro lineup, it makes some sense for Apple to unveil an updated pencil accessory.

Rumors suggest Apple will introduce a new iPad Pro model somewhere around 10 inches with an almost bezel-free design. Though the rumored iPad will use a larger 10-inch+ display, it's said to be the same size as the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Features like Touch ID would reportedly be built into the display, much like the rumored iPhone 8, and it is expected to include improved display technology and an upgraded A10X processor.

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macrumors 68040
Jan 31, 2005
La Jolla, CA
Cool, I like the Apple Pencil, if they can make it better, props.

Maybe if the could make charging port female, that could be great. The fact the port is male, every time I charge on my iPad I have the fear it can break easily on an accident. They have to figure out a more elegant way there.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 13, 2016
Hopefully becoming more like the Surface Pen in many ways.
And they need to get rid of the current charging... it should charge wirelessly from the side of the iPad and the battery life should be longer. That should allow them to implement an eraser.


macrumors P6
Oct 23, 2010
Interesting. This isn't the type of accessory I expected to get major updates, though I do think they may expand support for it, perhaps to a special iMac if the Surface Studio takes off.


macrumors regular
Oct 12, 2014
I hope this rumor is true. An eraser would be a welcomed addition, and maybe a button to perform tasks like choosing objects seamless without having to touch the screen with the hand.
And I really hope they don't use the Stylus 2 as a USP for the Pro 2. Please make it backwards compatible!


macrumors 601
Dec 9, 2008
On a dadaist whim, Apple will release the Pencil 2 with iPhone 7 compatibility and, inexplicably, a headphone jack where the Lighting connector currently is.


Critics have already described the new Pencil as, "You want me to describe what? Why are you holding a pencil that's dripping white paint?"
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macrumors 6502
Dec 29, 2016
The Netherlands
a magnet that would allow the Apple Pencil to attach to an iPad's body when not in use.
I've never understood why there weren't more cases with Pencil holders. In Europe, they're basically non-existent. In the end, I ordered something on AliExpress:
Note that I don't give a fig whether you buy it or not, I'm not affiliated with these guys. But that case is simply so good that I don't want to withold it from people, especially because if you lose that Pencil, you're out a cool $100.
I hope they get rid of its lightning port, and instead of that, they add an eraser
Yesss this. It would be so natural and I've longed for it many times.


macrumors 601
Oct 28, 2016
i wonder where do you attach the pen with magnets? since the device is so thin, i guess not on the edge,but on the left of the screen?
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macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
I just hope it'll be compatible with the current lineup of iPad Pro (12.9" and 9.7"). I'd have to see what the improvements are before I leap though. I love the Pencil as it is now, but the battery drain when not in use is terrible. It's nearly always dead when I go to use it (infrequently about 2x a week lately).

I suppose I could turn off Bluetooth on my iPad Pros when not using Pencil, but I'm a heavy AirDrop user, so that's a somewhat lame workaround.


macrumors 6502
Nov 1, 2016
After seeing that one patent from a while ago, I'm mostly hoping they finally add compatibility with the new MBP trackpads. The larger surface area would really lend itself to the Apple Pencil and it would definitely convince me to buy one on release day.
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