FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iPad drawing app Paper, are planning on adding a new angle to their Pencil stylus this fall when Apple launches iOS 8. The stylus will gain Surface Pressure control which lets users control the width and darkness of lines based on the tip's angle.
Surface Pressure brings new drawing and painting control to FiftyThree's Pencil stylus
By changing the angle of the stylus, users can move from thin lines at the tip to thicker lines from it's broad side. The new feature will let Pencil act more like a tradition paint brush, marker, pen, or pencil. Erasing will gain Surface Pressure support, too, so you can wipe away parts of your masterpiece in thin strokes or broad swipes.
Pencil's other features, such as palm rejection, blend and flip-to-erase will still be there, and it will still be available in graphite and walnut versions. Surface Pressure will be a free upgrade for current Pencil users, but everyone will have to wait until iOS 8 ships this fall because it requires features that are part of Apple's upcoming iPhone and iPad operating system update.
Pencil by 53 is priced at US$59.95 for the graphite model, and $74.95 for the walnut version.