Apple Pencil might undergo a massive upgrade to include advanced gestures, biometric support, and even a camera. How do we know this? Well, the Cupertino-giant has just filed a patent that hints towards a big refresh being planned for the Apple Pencil.

Apple had launched the Pencil back in 2015 to go with the iPad Pro. While the first-gen Apple Pencil was a basic stylus that worked well, Apple introduced double-tap support with the Pencil 2. However, if Apple’s patent is anything to go by, Pencil 3 could bring massive upgrades to the table.

As per the patent (spotted first by folks over at Apple Insider), Apple references a touch sensor that can detect a single, double or even triple tap. These ta gestures can be used to perform certain pre-programmed functions. Some examples of these functions include changing the color, copy/paste, undo/redo, or changing drawing tools like a pen or an eraser.

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Apple Pencil 3 could also be a lot smarter than its predecessors. In addition to advanced gestures, Apple’s patents also reveal a sensor that is used in TouchID. Apple could use it for two things: fingerprint authentication and detecting movement of a finger.

Another patent revealed that the Apple Pencil 3 could come with a camera, a biometric sensor, a processing chip of its own, on-board memory, power supply and more.

The patent is fairly broad though and its not clear if Apple does indeed pack in so much into the upcoming Apple Pencil. We’ll have to wait and watch to find out since it’s likely that we’ll see Apple launch it with a new generation of iPad Pro.

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