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Apple To Take Another Stab At Stylus Market

Apple’s divisive Apple Pencil accessory is said to be set for a revamp in the coming months.

According to rumours coming out of Asian suppliers, a second-generation version of the stylus is due to be revealed at an Apple product launch event in March.

Previous reports out of Bloomberg have suggested that “Apple has considered allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system, including in Mail, the Safari web browser, and iMessage.”

This could put them in line with the functionality and features offered by Samsung in its Note range of phablet smartphones.

As well as being more widely supported by app developers than the first generation iteration, it’s expected that the new Apple Pencil will also tout a number of technical improvements when it comes to precision and sensitivity.

Other reports have even suggested that it’ll come with a unique magnetic design that allows it to be easily attached to the side of a user’s iPad.

Perhaps most interestingly of all, sources recently told Digitimes that Apple’s 2017 slate of iPads won’t land in the market until the second half of the year.

This suggests that Apple may be hoping the new Apple Pencil can stand on its own merits come March. This could prove a dubious ask, given the lacklustre reception of the first Apple Pencil.

The original was hit with a mixed-response when it debuted back in 2015. That said, it’s not without its supporters. Macworld’s Jackie Dove said that “straight out of the box, Apple’s Pencil is a joy to use.”

Apple might be banking on its devout fans to turn up and help the new Apple Pencil launch big but if they want to preach beyond the choir and convert the rest of us, they’ll need to go all out.

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