This ‘slide’ patent could change how you use the Apple Pencil

I’m a fan of the Apple Pencil, but I’ve always wanted it to do more. And it looks like that might be coming in the future… with a slide feature.

Long story short, Patently Apple spotted a, uh, Apple patent for a slide function on the Apple Pencil. Goddamn, that was a lot of “Apple” in a single sentence.

The idea behind the slide patent is quite simple.

You run a digit across the side of the Apple Pencil and that controls something on the iPad screen. The easiest way to understand the functionality of this is with line thickness. Imagine you’re drawing and you can change the dimensions of the brush you’re using by sliding your finger over the Apple Pencil.

Here’s an image of how the option menu could look from the patent filing: