Analyst says Apple Inc. wants to release an iPad stylus to enhance iPad Pro
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to be preparing to release a simple stylus to complement a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a top industry analyst who is regarded to be a reliable at predicting Apple’s future products, Apple has previously filed many patents regarding stylus technologies leading him to believe that the company will release a stylus to complement an iPad Pro. While Kuo typically uses supply chain sources for his rumors, this one comes with the disclaimer it is noticeably based more on his opinion that any such sources he quotes.
Analyst Kuo predicts that Apple will release the styluses in two versions. The basic stylus is expected to be sold as an optional accessory. While the advanced stylus would let users write on any hard surface, even in the air and will support techniques such as 3D handwriting. Kuo mentions that Apple is expected to release the more advanced stylus later this year.
Kuo said that “Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases, Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”
While, this remains a rumor, Apple’s new advanced styluses could give way to new types of productive applications and possibilities, which will start a new trend in the tablet market. Currently, there are various 3rd party styluses sold that can work with Android and Apple iPad tablets. One of the most noted smart styluses is from Samsung, the S-Pen that works with the the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and the Galaxy Note tablets.
Apart from the stylus, the new Apple iPad Pro is rumored to have new features to compliment the larger 12.9-inch screen estate such as split–screen multitasking that’s currently seen only in Windows tablets and few Android tablets as well.
The Apple iPad series of tablets had been successful since its launch back in 2010. Since then Apple had released several variations such as the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, the slimmer iPad Air and Air 2, along with the smaller iPad Mini, Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3.
Kuo does not believe the stylus will provide much of a boost to iPad shipments in the near term.
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