New iPad may add stylus support and split-screen mode


New iPad may add stylus support and split-screen mode

Apple’s iPad Pro, its rumoured 12.9-inch tablet, could add a number of new features. Among them is stylus support and split-screen mode.

A patent application shows a stylus, capable of offering 3D input sensing. When paired with a tablet, it will be capable of detecting the angle of the pen when touching the screen and the distance the pen is from the tablet.

There is also mention of a grip sensor as well as a pressure sensor on the pen. Naturally, this would enable the pen to detect how tightly the user is gripping it, while the pressure sensor would detect how hard it’s being pushed against the screen.

There are also reports that the new iPad will support a dual-screen mode. This will apparently support 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views depending on the apps. The screen can either display two different apps side-by-side, or multiple views of the same app.

It’s thought that this feature could be showcased in June during Apple’s WWDC conference on existing iPad hardware. But it could also be held back until Apple is ready to show off its larger iPad.

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