A recent Apple patent application reveals that the company has been researching the use of stylus pointing devices. In this case, the patent focuses on an “iPen” and graphics program.
As noted in the patent, the stylus would work with all of Apple’s tablet-styled devices. In other words, any Apple device with a touchscreen display.
The patent application reports on Apple adding haptic feedback to the iPen and also a built-in mini speaker. The former would enable users to feel the use of the pen with regards to line thickness, for example. The latter enables users to receive audio feedback.
The filing also reveals that such a device could be used with graphics software developed by Apple. For example, the pointing device may one day work with a Mac with a type of paint application.
Overall the prospect of the iPen and a stylus is interesting. Given Apple’s reluctance in using pointing devices, it’s odd that the company would spend time and money on researching pointing devices other than a finger.
On the other hand, a stylus device does have its advantages, especially in the field of graphic arts where one may be more inclined to use a standard stylus pointing device for complex creations.
[via Patently Apple]
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