Apple might finally be willing to sell stylus as a stand-alone accessory for the iPad
Remember the good, old days when the stylus would be the center of attention with most Windows Mobile and Palm phones? It’s interesting to see that smarter rivals like Apple iPhones nearly gave up on the idea of stylus once those phones lost the spotlight.
Samsung, by far, has continued to toy with the idea of revolutionizing the stylus by innovating time and time again. A series of new patents suggest that Apple might be thinking along those lines to bring a ‘different’ stylus to the market.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities has made quite an impression with his predictions about the iPhone 6 prior to its release. He now reveals that Apple has plans to sell its new stylus as a separate accessory. If rumours are to be believed, this could see the light of day alongside the possible unveiling of a 12.9-inch iPad.
The report by KGI does not mention the specifics of the stylus such as the way it would operate. Instead, it claims that it would be capable of charging the lightning cable. It further goes on to suggest that it would not be available in the box with an iPad since that would raise the price of the tablet itself. Interestingly, the patent itself suggests that the new stylus works on whiteboards and paper just as well.
Whether Apple is able to better Samsung in its efforts to innovate the stylus remains to be seen. It would imply going against Steve Jobs’s aggressive stance on the stylus but Apple has already crossed that line before with the varying sizes of iPads, right?
In any case, it’s imperative that corporations take this seriously given the issues of precision on digital displays. Is it going to take i-Pen, S-Pen or something entirely different to pull this off?
You can view the patent registered with United States Patent and Trademark Office here.