Ahead of Microsoft’s launch event on October, new documents confirmed the latest feature for the Surface family.
Due to Microsoft’s filings with the FCC earlier this month, users now know that it is working on a stylus pen that includes wireless charging capabilities similar to another stylus. And the apparent inference is that the upcoming Surface Pro goes to have an updated Surface Pen with this capability.
Experts looked out the pen that came with the first Surface machines back in the day, and it was a passive unit counting on induction to calculate the tip’s location. The Surface Pen has seen numerous improvements over time, shifting towards an active device for improved accuracy and features, however always retaining compatibility over the whole family of Surface devices.
A move in the direction of wireless charging certainly avoids the problem of replacing the regular battery inside the pen; however, it also permits for a way more power-consuming device, with the designers feeling safe in the information that the Surface Pen could be topped up via wireless charging.
Experts curious to see how that charging occurs, the apparent answer is that that is a part of the magnetic attachment to the carrying point on the aspect of the new Surface Pro and Surface Book designs (very similar to the Apple Pencil 2 on the iPad Pro); however, the older hardware won’t have a charging plate built-in. Meaning a wireless charging surface pen is going to need to come with a charger for backward compatibility, or this Surface Pen will struggle with backward compatibility.