When Samsung first released its Galaxy Note device that featured a stylus, some voices commented that the pen was an aging accessory. Nevertheless, the device turned out to become quite popular and many people reconsidered their standpoint regarding the usage of styluses on tablets and related devices. New recently surfaced information, suggests that now Apple wishes to join the stylus party as well.
HotHardware uncovered the fact that Cupertino already filled a patent for a stylus like accessory that has been described as an “active stylus”. From the patent application:
“(The pen) can either act as a drive electrode to create an electric field between the drive electrode and the sense lines of a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel, or as a sense electrode for sensing capacitively coupled signals from one or more stimulated drive rows and columns of the touch sensor panel or both.”
So, basically, HotHardware claims that the pen will work as any normal stylus would but its performance would be a better one because of its more advanced input.
Apple has been known to follow the trends of the markets, so it wouldn’t be so surprising that the company wants to add a line of styluses to its iOS devices. However, the fact that the company has filed a patent doesn’t absolutely mean we will actually see something of it in real life. So, for the time being, we will have to make do with third party styli for our iPads.