Earlier this month Microsoft applied for a patent in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The patent gives us a close look of what we can expect from the 2016 version of Surface which will be called Surface pro 5. The pen in Surface pro 5 will be rechargeable system. The current Surface Pen works with AAA battery or button cell battery. But if we take a close look at the patent filed by Microsoft, it is quit e clear that company is ready to provide rechargeable Surface pen in the 2016 iteration of the device. The new patent filling says “a stylus may provide active functionality that is powered by a rechargeable battery. A charging circuit within the stylus may provide charging current for recharging the battery via one or more terminals configured to contact charging contacts of an associated stylus charger.”
So if we read the whole paragraph of the filling , it is clear that company is going to provide us a Surface Pen with rechargeable battery in it.
We have already seen charging method from Apple which was very disturbing & was much criticized worldwide from critics as well as users. In Apple Pencil, the company provided a way to charge your pencil directly through the iPad Pro. It was also very bizarre method to charge a device . In Apple Pencil, yo have to directly connect your pencil to iPad in order to charge which is irritating at times.
Furthermore “As a stylus may be easily misplaced due to the typical size and shape of the stylus (e.g., a thin, rod-like shape with at least one tapered end), the stylus charger may take the form of a dock that holds the stylus in a particular location during charging and/or while the stylus is not being used.
In the examples illustrated below, the stylus includes at least one terminal of the charging circuit that is formed from a deposit of ferromagnetic material on an exterior of the stylus body. Including a magnetically-attractable element that also serves as a charging terminal enables the terminal to be aligned to a charging contact of the dock and secured to the dock against gravitational pull and other forces via magnetic attraction to a permanent magnet of the dock”