Here’s how the Apple Pencil ‘hover’ feature works on the new M2 iPad Pro

The brand new M2 iPad Pro comes with a new feature for the Apple Pencil called “hover.” The hover experience, which only works with the second-generation Apple Pencil, allows users to hover their Apple Pencil over the display of the M2 iPad Pro to expand content, apps, widgets, etc.

Apple Pencil Hover

Apple’s new “hover” functionality is exclusive to M2 iPad Pro and second-gen Apple Pencil

Hover, described by Apple as a “new dimension of Apple Pencil,” can detect an Apple Pencil up to 12mm above the display, allowing users to see where they will be making contact, draw and illustrate with better precession, preview thumbnails, or see text fields expand before even touching the screen. The feature will also work with third-party apps.

Powered by the new iPad Pro and iPadOS 16, hover with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) provides a completely new dimension for users to interact with their screen. Apple Pencil is now detected up to 12 mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it. This also allows users to sketch and illustrate with even greater precision, and makes everything users do with Apple Pencil even more effortless.

For example, with Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster. Third-party apps can also take advantage of this new feature to enable entirely new marking and drawing experiences.

Check out the new hover experience in action below:

As mentioned above, the feature will only work with the second-generation Apple Pencil and the new M2 iPad Pro models. The 11-inch iPad Pro with M2 starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch variant o starts at $1,099 for the Wi-Fi model, and $1,299 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Other than the addition of the M2 chip and faster Wi-Fi 6E, the 2022 iPad Pro lineup is a minor upgrade.

The new iPad Pro models are available for order today in 28 countries and regions and will start shipping on October 26.

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