Even though the stylus dates back to the old Apple Newton, and almost every single piece of smart technology that followed, we all remember that Steve Jobs wasn’t a fan of it. One of his biggest arguments with the iPhone was that our fingers could do a better job, and that has proven to be true in most cases, but not all. Samsung has shown us how a smarter stylus can do wonders with its note line-up, and it seems Apple now wants a piece of that pie.
Apple’s new patent for the iPen envisions a device with an orientation sensor, in order to determine the direction and type of scribble you’re trying to do on the screen. Now to be fair, Apple’s iPen patents are quite old. Just last year we saw a patent regarding the feedback you should feel when writing on a display, in order to have it feel more natural.
With the launch of the iPad Air, many of us assume Apple’s next move will be for an iPad Pro, but if you know anything about Apple, you’ll know lots of its patents never reach the light of day.