Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad Pro Smart Connector

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Newly filed patent applications from Apple reveal new ideas the iPad producer has for the Apple Pencil, with images showing a way to charge a version of the stylus with the Smart Connector port.




Published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, application Nos. 20170068339 to 20170068342 inclusive are all named "Stylus for Electronic Devices," and were originally filed on August 31 and September 08, 2016. All four listings are extremely similar, with the few differences including the date of filing, the CPC classes, and the international classes, and largely describe how the movement of a stylus could be detected by monitoring electric fields.

Hidden within the large number of images detailing the design of the Apple Pencil are two illustrations that suggest a way to charge it without using the Lightning connector. Spotted by Apple World Today, one image shows an iPad Pro from an angle, highlighting the Smart Connector on one edge, next to an Apple Pencil that has three markings in the middle that line up with the connector's contact points.

A secondary image shows the iPad Pro from the front, with the Apple Pencil tucked in to one side, attached by the Smart Connector.

The description in the application mentions the use of the iPad Pro's connector to provide power to the Apple Pencil, via the touching contacts, with data also able to be shared between the two devices. The use of magnets is also mentioned, positioned in such a way that the contacts will line up correctly for charging purposes.




One rumor claims Apple has been working on a second-generation Apple Pencil that includes a magnetic system to attach it to the iPad Pro, allowing it to be temporarily stored when not needed. The ability to charge the Apple Pencil while magnetically attached to the side isn't part of the rumor, but the application's existence gives the claim some weight when considering the next generation of the accessory.

This is not the only idea Apple has come up with regarding Apple Pencil storage. Earlier in March, a patent application surfaced depicting a series of retractable loops that could be included within iPad Pro cases and covers, with users able to pull out the loops when they wish to holster the Apple Pencil.

Apple is currently believed to be preparing to refresh its iPad line in an upcoming event, with rumors claiming a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will launch alongside updated versions of the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models. A new version of the Apple Pencil could also make an appearance at the event.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    calicali Posts: 2,981member
    Those dots are so ugly though. 
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    repressthisrepressthis
  • Reply 3 of 11
    stickista said:
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    Many, many covers leave the smart connector available.  My UAG has a removable panel.  
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 11
    chiachia Posts: 613member
    Why even have a SmartConnector at all on the Apple Pencil? Just have it charge by induction like the Apple Watch does, unless its smaller size makes such an arrangement impractical. 
  • Reply 5 of 11
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,194member
    stickista said:
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    Many, many covers leave the smart connector available.  My UAG has a removable panel.  
    Yep. My Snugg cover leaves the connectors exposed too. It certainly would need to be altered to allow the entire pencil to sit against the iPad directly. But if Apple introduces the feature, you can bet the case companies will find a way to incorporate it in their designs.
    StrangeDayscornchip
  • Reply 6 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 26,254member
    stickista said:
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    Just assume if they went this route they'd have a new cover on offer.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 7 of 11
    stickista said:
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    Just assume if they went this route they'd have a new cover on offer.
    That smart connector shown in the image is on the opposite side of the iPad than the current pro models.  Could this imply the new iPads ship with 2 smart connectors so that you can charge your pencil while using the iPad with the smart keyboard at the same time?
    watto_cobradedgeckocornchip
  • Reply 8 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 26,254member
    amb12686 said:
    stickista said:
    Except that it won't work if you're using a cover.

    Just assume if they went this route they'd have a new cover on offer.
    That smart connector shown in the image is on the opposite side of the iPad than the current pro models.  Could this imply the new iPads ship with 2 smart connectors so that you can charge your pencil while using the iPad with the smart keyboard at the same time?
    That would be cool too.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 458member
    Wasn't there patents ages ago suggesting smart connector was a stackable interface.

    So smart keyboard cover could have dots on the outside that could be used for pencil and still work as a keyboard.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 2,771member
    chia said:
    Why even have a SmartConnector at all on the Apple Pencil? Just have it charge by induction like the Apple Watch does, unless its smaller size makes such an arrangement impractical. 
    Because it also passes data. This is the strongest evidence yet of how Apple would eliminate the Lightning port on iOS devices with contactless wireless charging, yet still provide hard-wired connections for some devices.
    cornchip
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Practically Magic. 
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