Apparently, Apple, according to a few decent sources for such things, is working on or looking into the prospect of an iPen. This is great news for folks like us! We couldn’t be more thrilled about this. The stylus, per the patent illustrations we’ve found, appears to explore not just a concept for a stylus which will work on capacitive touch screens such as those found on the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, but a stylus with a broader range of interactivity than those currently available.
The Pogo styluses are quite crappy. If you search the web for a stylus for your iPhone or iPad, chances are that you’ll mostly find links taking you to or about the Pogo Stylus or the Pogo Sketch. All indicators are that this cheap stylus is the best of what’s available. Quite sad really. Still, the success of these capacitive styluses must be a decent blip on Apple’s radar. For Apple to produce such an item, should cost next to nothing compared to other products they make and the profit per piece would probably make a simple stylus one of the most profitable items they could possibly sell.
Here are the rumored to be patent illustrations of the capacitive stylus submitted by Apple.
Some opinions on this news is that Apple is just protecting the idea with no real intention of actually developing it into an actual product, simply so that others cannot use the idea. We think Apple has proven that they are much smarter than that. Steve Jobs doesn’t like pens. He made that very clear when he first launched the iPhone in 2007 but he must be noticing that a decent number of loyal Apple customers don’t share his take on the issue.
By adding an iPen, Apple would flutter the hearts of many artists, writers, and just the general person who will naturally and instinctively want to hold their iPad in the same way that clipboards are held. Then, you have all of the regular folks out on cold places who like to wear gloves to keep their hands warm. They want to use one of these devices and they have to take off a glove. An iPen would let them keep their gloves on.