Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s co-founder Steve Jobs might not have liked it, but the company has filed a patent for a stylus recently. The hatred for stylus was always there for Steve irrespective of the type. The iPhone was first introduced in 2007 by Jobs at the Macworld, and there also he made fun of the stylus. Steve used to take jabs at the stylus quite frequently.
Steve against stylus
“Who wants a stylus?” he said to the crowd at the Macworld 2007. “You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away, you lose ‘em, yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.” He believed that styluses are more of a nuisance than a utility as they most often get lost in the process of taking them out and putting them away. Jobs always believed that the moment a person uses a stylus he is dead.
Apple founder was always in favor of a touch enabled display, and this view of his brought a lot of changes that we are witnessing now days. The new patent from Apple is just another tool designed for pointing at screen. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is fond of getting things patented, but it does not always produce those, and same could be true with the stylus.
Is Apple working on iPen?
For years, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has kept itself away from styluses, but we can find online a large number of styluses from third party. There is already a modest market for stylus. On Amazon, one can buy them on sale in packets of three for $6.99. The stylus can help a lot in certain kinds of tasks such as data entry or other tasks that involve repetition.
The new stylus from Apple could be named iPen, and the project is said to be one of the longest-running for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). It took 52 months for Apple Pay to emerge after its first filing while the Apple Watch project would take around 30 months after it first surfaced. Stylus patents were filed by Apple around six to seven years back soon after it shipped the iPhone, says a report from Fortune.