Even though Apple single-handedly killed the stylus with the launch of its first-generation iPhone in 2007, that doesn’t mean that the world is better without it. Surely you shouldn’t need a stylus to interact with your device in basic things, that doesn’t mean that using your finger for handwriting is practical. We’ve seen the success of the Galaxy Note line-up at least in smartphones, and once again, we hear that Apple continues trying to re-imagine the stylus.
Apple seems to envision its future stylus as more of an ad-on, and not necessarily a core component of the experience. This stylus patent includes an extendable nib that will allow you to draw thinner or thicker lines on the display, depending on your needs. As we saw in previous patent filings, this stylus will also include motion sensors and even lights as well. The problem is that it’s hard to envision how that would make your experience with the stylus natural, given the fact that you don’t have any of that with a pencil or a pen today.
Whatever the case may be, patents aren’t guarantees of a product any time soon. We’ve been hearing the world iPen for years now, and it’s hard to predict if Apple finally figured it out.