The “Find My” function could also arrive on Apple Pencil, at least according to a new patent published by Apple.
Interestingly, the method described by Apple does not use an ultra-wideband chip, but rather a beeper. Currently, you can use the Find My app to track most of your Apple devices, but Apple Pencil it’s not one of them.
Recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple related to adding the Apple Pencil to the list of devices that could be part of the service”Find My“.
Il Apple patent it is related to locating a lost Apple Pencil or other peripheral input device which may be made possible by acoustic resonators built into the housing structures of the stylus.
Acoustic resonators may be integrated into the end of the stylus opposite its tip and may include portions of the stylus’ outer housing which are thinned to an engineered thickness which has a particular resonant behavior or frequency […]
In some examples, an electronic device may communicate a location request to the stylus and may cause the stylus to generate an audible signal for a specified target detector using acoustic resonators.
What the patent describes is using your iPhone to generate an audible signal at the resonant frequency of the tip of an Apple Pencil, causing it to vibrate.
While this is a relatively crude locating method, it would have the advantage of being cheap and not taking up space. It wouldn’t help if you left the Pencil in a café or other place, as it would have to be within acoustic range. However, it would at least help you find her if she’s nearby.
Source: iPhone Italia by www.iphoneitalia.com.
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