“Over the years Apple has had some massive projects supported by a huge body of patents before the invention ever came to market,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“For example, the one-time iWallet invention that was covered extensively by Patently Apple took years to come to market as Apple’s ‘Wallet’ formerly ‘Passbook,'” Purcher reports. “Apple’s iPen/handwriting recognition patents project is yet another invention that has a massive body of supporting patents that could be reviewed in our Archives. The sheer number of patents on this project would strongly suggest that this feature will one day become a market reality. It’s been rumored for the longest time that the iPad Pro may introduce this feature.”

“Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple on this subject matter,” Purcher reports. “At this time it’s unknown as to what handwriting and pen related features will finally make it to market. But for now, Apple’s latest invention reveals another piece of the puzzle: Their handwriting recognition software architecture will involve a number of very specific processors to make the iPen experience work flawlessly if not magically, whenever it finally arrives.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s smart-pen patents keep piling up!

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