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Apple Pencil 2 rumored to launch in March alongside new iPad Pro models

The second-generation Apple Pencil could feature magnets to attach to iPad, and a pocket clip too.

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Even as most of the attention is being hogged by the iPhone 8, if reports are to be believed, there is more cooking in Apple’s kitchen than we are focusing on. Apple is reportedly planning to hold a launch event this March, where the company is expected to launch the second generation Apple Pencil, along with a new iPad Pro models.

Now, barely any detail about the Apple Pencil is known, however, earlier last month there were reports that the next iPad Pro will be upgraded in a manner that the Apple Pencil is used with it on a larger range of apps. And considering the increased usability of the Apple Pencil in the new iPad, the accessory is expected to be launched alongside the device.

In addition to that, there has also been some speculations that Apple could build in functionality, which has been 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. ALSO READ: Apple Pencil has a design flaw Steve Jobs had warned about 8 years ago

While that’s the extent to which we know about the next generation Apple pencil, we do know a bit more about the new iPad Pro. It is expected to sport a 10.9-inch display fitted in the 9.7-inch chassis, thus putting it in the same category as the current 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. However, what really has been the talking point of this device is the speculated absence of a physical home button. If the rumors are to be believed, Apple could experiment with the Touch ID sensor too, by either layering it beneath the display glass or replace the button with a virtual button. ALSO READ: Next-gen Apple iPad Pro to reportedly feature bezel-less display, ditch physical home button

If the new iPad Pro is really released without the home button, it will become the first iOS device to undergo this radical design change. It may also be a precursor on what to expect from the upcoming iPhones that are rumored to do away with the home button, with the fingerprint scanner embedded below the display.

Additionally, there have also been reports that the new iPad Pro could have thinner bezels to further enhance the seamless display. The only thicker bezel on the device will be on the top for the FaceTime camera. However, the trade-off will be in terms of the overall thickness of the tablet. The next iPad is said to measure 7.5mm in thickness, which is the same as the original iPad Air which was launched three years ago. The bump in thickness could be due to the addition of pressure-sensitive technology on the display.

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  • Published Date: January 19, 2017 5:44 PM IST