Kokodelo Kokodelo - 1 year ago 51
Objective-C Question

How To Differentiate Whether A User Is Tapping The Screen With His Finger Or An Apple Pencil?

The App supports iPad Pro and it has to work with the Apple Pencil. What I would like to do is to differentiate whether the user is using the Apple Pencil or his finger.

Something like:

if( the user is pressing the screen with his finger){
do something
} else if ( the user is pressing the screen with an Apple Pencil){
do something else

I found the
attribute but was not able to know how it works.

My main problem is that there are really few examples, and they are written in swift, but I am working in objective C. And I am not able to really understand these samples.

Look at this, this is a function from a sample that I found on the apple developer:

func addPointsOfType(var type: LinePoint.PointType, forTouches touches: [UITouch], toLine line: Line, currentUpdateRect updateRect: CGRect) -> CGRect {
var accumulatedRect = CGRect.null

for (idx, touch) in touches.enumerate() {
let isStylus = touch.type == .Stylus // I think that what I'm looking for is something like that


I don't really have the time to learn swift now, unfortunately... This is blocking me completely.

So if someone could give me some samples in Objective C that will allow me to work with the Apple Pencil, or just a beginning. A tutorial on a web site would be perfect also but I don't think there are any.

Thanks in advance, every help will be accepted! :)

Answer Source

To check if a UITouch is using the stylus touch type in Objective-C:

if (touch.type == UITouchTypeStylus) {
    // Do stuff

If you're not handling touches directly, but using a gesture recognizer, then it is a little more complicated.

You could try adding a second long press gesture recogniser and setting the allowedTouchTypes property on each one to recognise stylus or direct touches:

longPressGestureFinger.allowedTouchTypes = @[@(UITouchTypeDirect)];
longPressGesturePencil.allowedTouchTypes = @[@(UITouchTypeStylus)];

If that doesn't work, you would have to add a delegate to the long press gesture, and in the gestureRecognizer: shouldReceiveTouch: method, check and store the type of touch and use this when the gesture action fires.