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Apple Pencil coming on May 7 could buzz users with haptic feedback

The first and second-generation Apple Pencil

The next generation of Apple Pencil could have haptic feedback, buzzing a user's fingers as they draw and write.

Apple's holding a special event on May 7, which is expected to include updates to the iPad lineup. As part of the event, it seems that the Apple Pencil could get another update.

In Sunday's "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman writes that a new Apple Pencil is on the way. The arrival is not a surprise, but a highlight feature is — it's main feature is said to be be the addition of haptic feedback.

Haptic feedback will mean the Apple Pencil will lightly buzz, alerting the user to notifications. It could also offer other benefits, such as giving a minor bump when the user draws over a button.

The idea of haptic feedback in a stylus has been seen previously in patent filings. Documents from 2020 suggest the use of various mechanisms to give haptic feedback to the user.

Other rumors about the next Apple Pencil include the possibility of interchangeable tips, changing how it writes and moves. A new squeeze gesture for interactions has also been proposed, along with Find My functionality.