Slashgear reports that the Apple Notes app was updated today. The version of the app bundled into my iPad Air isn’t showing any new features, but they say that the new version of the iPhone app now supports inking. This has led them to speculate that Apple’s going to include a stylus with the next iPhone:
As Apple does not yet have an official stylus, it’s been suggested – not by Apple directly – that a new type of iPhone might be coming in. With the iPhone 6 Plus already large enough to hold a stylus inside, why not? Can you imagine any reason why Apple wouldn’t want to put a stylus in their iPhone?
Imagine an iPhone 6 Plus with its own stylus. Imagine how awesome it’d be if the stylus wasn’t just included with the device, but was held by the device as well! Right up inside the side of the iPhone, there would be your perfect little iStylus. Or maybe iPen.
Only that’d be absolutely wild, pushing Samsung Galaxy Note owners and rabid fans directly out of their minds.
They could be reading too much into this, but it’s not entirely out of the question.
Steve Jobs absolutely hated styluses, as we all know, but even though his ghost lingers in Cupertino Apple has been steadily taking steps in this direction. Over the past 6 months Apple’s filed for two patents on stylus tech to add to its extensive patent portfolio.
While I normally regard patents as a sign of research efforts and not product development plans, in this case I would remind you that it wouldn’t take a lot of work for Apple to add a stylus to the iPhone. This is established tech, making it a fairly straightforward project.
What’s more, this is tech which Samsung has had for years. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read people gushing about the stylus features on the Galaxy Note. People love the stylus, and that strikes me as a good reason to add the feature to the next iPhone (even if it is literally over Steve Jobs’ dead body).
I doubt I would buy the official stylus, but I have used a stylus in the past. There are any number of great stylus for capacitive touchscreens (I usually go for the cheap but decent ones, though; I keep losing them) which again tells us that there is a market for an Apple stylus – should Apple want to pursue it.
So tell me, would you use the official stylus if Apple released one?
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