Apple patent application details yet another stylus-like device

“On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another stylus related invention,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s latest stylus would work with the iPad but could be used to sign documents on a MacBook Trackpad. Apple also hints of stylus-like device that a user could attach to their finger,” Purcher reports. “Of course Apple has close to three dozen stylus patents that you could review in our smart-pen archives, so it’s not like this one invention is going to be the final product. It’s simply Apple’s latest ideas that could advance a possible future stylus.”

“It’s been rumored for some time now that Apple’s future iPad Pro may support a stylus,” Purcher reports. “It was also reported earlier this month that Apple could introduce a next generation display with added sensitivities that may be stylus friendly.”

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

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s stylus-related patents and patent applications keep on piling up.

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  1. If they ever introduce a digital pen it’s going to be the best on the planet with dozens of patents behind it.

    I’d love one that you could also write on paper and have your notes automatically sent to the cloud to access on any device.

    1. I think you have hit on some of this stylus’s Secrets, something that can be used as an extension of your hand and finger utilising force touch to generate, manipulate, retain the input and the intrinsic information contained and be able to transfer it elsewhere instantly would truly make such a device emersive and useful in so many potential ways, particularly for business. A whole new way of interaction which is either genius or whimsical pointlessness that only Apple could make sense of I suspect.

  2. Off the topic… But i like to see Apple do wide field of view, super immersive VR goggles/ glasses as well .

    I have seen job postings from Apple in this area going back a good 5-6 years .

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