Apple patent hints at future stylus support for iPhone and iPad

Apple has patented a couple of potential stylus solutions for the iPhone and iPad. The first is an optical stylus; it has a camera at the tip which tracks special pixels and invisible markings on the screen to input directions.The second relies on haptic feedback using a haptic actuator and short-range wireless receiver. It uses the bezel of the iPad or iPhone to receive vibration commands, which seems a rather round-about way of doing things. That gum you likeIt's not the first time Apple has mulled over the stylus conundrum. In 2010 it patented a pressure-sensitive stylus for low-res touch panels. And in the '90s the Apple Newton MessagePad actually had a stylus. We're not really expecting to see Apple launch a stylus alongside the iPhone 5 or next iPad or anything, but it's interesting to see the direction Apple could go in if it decides to hop aboard the stylus gravy train. That's a train boarded by Samsung with its so-called 'phablet' Galaxy Note and the S Pen which is soon coming to the Galaxy Note 10.1

Apple patent hints at future stylus support for iPhone and iPad

Apple has submitted an application to patent an "optical stylus" for use with future touch based devices, leading to speculation that the next iPhone or iPad could include stylus support. Competitors ...

Sun 27 May 12 from Gizmag

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Thu 24 May 12 from Dvice

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Apple has applied for patents on an advanced stylus that will sense movement and provide feedback to the user when it passes specific points on screen.

Fri 25 May 12 from Telegraph.co.uk Tech

Apple gets everyone excited by patenting a stylus

Apple has patented a couple of potential stylus solutions for the iPhone and iPad. The first is an optical stylus; it has a camera at the tip which tracks special pixels and invisible markings ...

Thu 24 May 12 from Techradar

Apple tinkers with iPen stylus and haptic feedback

Would the iPad benefit from a haptic feedback-enabled stylus? (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) Despite Steve Jobs' mockery of a stylus, Apple has been tinkering with the notion of an iPen complete ...

Thu 24 May 12 from CNET Crave

Apple Patents A Stylus...Yes, A Stylus

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com Never one to mince words, Steve Jobs always let us know when he thought another piece of technology was insufficient or, to put it mildly, crap. Take for instance, ...

Fri 25 May 12 from RedOrbit

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