Apple Pencil offers the ultimate in precision for creative iPad users, but the latest information from Apple reveals how the tool could be taken in a whole new direction, offering features never before seen.
According to a patent collected by Patently appleApple has been working on a version of the Apple Pencil that contains new color detection hardware. This would allow the user to copy a color from a real world object and immediately start drawing with that exact color on the iPad or iPhone.
This technology would open up a whole new world for the possibilities of Apple devices, benefiting both casual and professional users. The patent details many potential uses of the device, including taking color measurements of printed items, colored objects such as furniture, human skin, and plants.
In the photographic field, the ability to take such color measurements would be a godsend for those involved in product photography where accurate color reproduction is critical. You could, for example, directly compare the colors represented in the online product shots with the original objects to make sure they match.
Apple’s patent continues to suggest certain health-based applications. In one example, measurements are taken from colored medical test strips to assess glucose, protein, ketone, or pH levels. This could help expand Apple’s health monitoring capabilities in new areas by monitoring a range of important new metrics.
As is always the case with patents, there is no guarantee that this concept will actually turn into production, but it is a clear indication that when it comes to tablets, Apple appears to be ready to go even further than the competition.