The primary beta of iOS 17.5 doubtlessly references a brand new fourth-generation Apple Pencil, amid rumors that the accent might be up to date quickly.

The beta features a hidden code reference to a “V4” model of the Apple Pencil, in accordance with MacRumors contributor Steve Moser:

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A brand new Apple Pencil is rumored to launch alongside up to date iPad Professional and iPad Air fashions in Might. Apple refers back to the USB-C model of the Apple Pencil launched final 12 months because the third-generation Apple Pencil in iOS code, so the fourth-generation mannequin can be a brand new model that might possible succeed the second-generation Apple Pencil.

Further code within the iOS 17.5 beta uncovered by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris means that the Apple Pencil may acquire a “squeeze” gesture for sure actions, however particulars are slim. The gesture could present customers with a faster means so as to add a sticker, textual content field, signature, or form in picture modifying apps, the code suggests.

MacRumors solely reported that Apple has examined a brand new Apple Pencil with visionOS help, however it’s unclear if this function might be launched to the general public.

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