“Tim Ritchey is an expert in iPad styluses — the pressure-sensitive digital pens that draw with pinpoint accuracy on an iPad,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac. “Ritchey works for Adonit, a company that makes a line of Bluetooth styli for the iPad.”

“In the middle of a WWDC session this week, he heard something that prompted him to send a panicky note to his colleagues in Slack, the popular messaging system,” Kahney reports. “‘Oh shit!’ he said.”

“Steve Jobs famously pledged that Apple would never ship an iOS device with a stylus, but there’s mounting evidence that the company is working on a new and bigger work-oriented iPad that will come with a stylus,” Kahney reports. “A couple of big clues dropped this week at WWDC.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The stylus will become more important with the “iPad Pro,” with its larger display for enterprise and education.

Before anybody goes quoting the guy below, an iPad is not an iPhone:

Who wants a stylus? You have to get ’em and put ’em away and you lose them. Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus, so let’s not use a stylus. – Steve Jobs, January 9, 2007

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