Back when Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone, he famously said that if you see a stylus with a smartphone, the company that developed it "blew it." The point Jobs was making was clear: the future was about using one's finger on multitouch screens, not clunky stylus pens on touch-sensitive displays.
Now, about seven years later, it turns out that Apple may release an optional stylus for use on the rumored iPad Pro. As we've covered a few times over the past few months, there is growing evidence that Apple has been working on a 12.9-inch iPad some are calling the iPad Pro.
The most recent rumor surrounding the iPad Pro is that Apple may offer a stylus to be used as an accessory for the large tablet. Word of this comes from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who notes that including a stylus option may prove to be a popular move among creatives and enterprise users who, on average, are much more likely to want to use or need a stylus in the first place due to the programs they tend to use.
MacRumors got a hold of Kuo's recent research note, and it reads in part:
Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases. Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.
We don’t think all users will need a stylus initially. Coupled with its unfavorable cost structure, high selling prices may turn consumers off if the 12.9-inch iPad is always bundled with it. We therefore expect the stylus to be an optional accessory before sufficient user feedback is received.
Notably, Kuo writes that the stylus will not likely feature a built-in gyroscope, a nifty addition that would have made software-based handwriting recognition an alluring add-on.
As for a release date, Kuo believes that the iPad Pro will launch sometime in the second or third quarter, a large window that might see it launch as soon as April or as late as September.