A week ago at the September 2015 Keynote Apple unveiled the Apple Pencil; to work with their new iPad Pro. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously dismissed any need for a stylus over eight years ago when introducing Multi-Touch on the first iPhone. He said that the finger is the best pointing device in the world.
“Who wants a stylus? You have to get them, and put them away, and you lose them. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus. So let’s not use a stylus.”
That aside Apple is releasing a stylus in November this year and it has to be said; it does look rather nifty! The Apple Pencil features a pointed tip with highly responsive sensors that allow for a precise input down to a single pixel. They say to achieve this, Apple engineered the Apple Pencil and the new iPad Pro display to work together to detect position, force and tilt.
As seen in the video below you can press harder for a darker and bolder stroke, or lightly for a thinner stroke. You can also draw with the Apple Pencil on an angle to produce a broad and shaded stroke.
This might mean that you can use Apple Pencil with FileMaker Go to capture signatures to a higher quality and reduce ‘palm rest’ error. If you use the signature feature with FileMaker Go frequently then I’m sure you know what I mean when I say ‘palm rest’ error. It is when the user accidentally draws a dot or a line on the screen with their palm.
This might be an unnecessary expense for some companies, but if you are using the iPad to sign for important, or even expensive, information then $99 ( approx. £64.22 ) could be very reasonable! However you would also need to purchase the iPad Pro; rumoured to start at $799 ( approx. £518.28 ).
Maybe in the future FileMaker will add custom support for the Apple Pencil?
Apple.com – Apple Pencil: http://www.apple.com/uk/apple-pencil/
Apple.com – iPad Pro: http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-pro/