“Apple has reportedly developed several versions of a stylus for the iPad over the years, a new report suggests,” Ronald Chavez reports for Mashable.

“While we have yet to see an Apple-branded tablet stylus, the company has gone through three to four different stylus prototypes over the last four years, according to a Business Insider report, citing a former Apple engineer,” Chavez reports. “The anonymous source never saw any of the styluses but noted he or she was close to those working on the project. The stylus team was unsure why the project never moved forward, the source noted.”

“The stylus is also reportedly a different take on other models currently on the market, but the report does not detail how,” Chavez reports. “People have shown tremendous interest in using the iPad with a pen input. There’s an existing market for third-party styluses for the iPad, led by the Pencil by Fiftythree and the Adonit Jot line, focused on drawing and taking notes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, we’ve been covering Apple smart-pen/stylus patents and reports for many years now. With years and years of work on smart styli, it certainly seems like Apple’s getting all of their ducks in order for the 12.9-inch “iPad Pro,” at least, where it might make the most sense – as opposed to a 3.5-inch (or even a 5.5-inch) 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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