Will the iPad 4, or even the iPhone 5, come with an iPen stylus?

Will the iPad 4, or even the iPhone 5, come with an iPen stylus?The jury's still out on the whole stylus thing, even though Samsung has followed up on the 5in Galaxy Note smartphone with a double-sized Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

But Apple, it seems, isn't taking any chances, and has just applied for a patent of its own that could see the iPad 4 tablet sporting a stylus of its own, called – obviously – the iPen.

That's the word from Apple-watching site Patently Apple, which says the Cupertino tech giant's latest filing with the US Patent & Trademark Office claims “an input device capable of generating haptic feedback may help a user navigate content displayed on the display screen, and may further serve to enhance the content of various applications by creating a more appealing and realistic user interface”.

That's the iPen, obviously, which also comes with all kinds of sensors and special Apple tech touches to set it apart from its stylus rivals.

“Firstly, Apple is thinking of adding advanced haptics to the iPen so that the end user will be able to feel brush strokes and/or line thicknesses for example,” Patently Apple tells us.

“Secondly, Apple is designing the iPen with a built-in mini speaker so as to provide users with various forms of audio feedback.

“To make all of this interesting and relevant, Apple sheds a little light on how their iPen will work with either a new graphics/paint program of their own and/or with known apps such as Autodesk and Microsoft's Paint.”

Will the iPen actually make it into production as an iOS add-on for the likes of the iPhone 5, iPad 4 or the next iPod touch? Maybe, maybe not. Apple might simply watch the market and see how Samsung gets on with the S-pen. But if it does decide to go for it, expect Samsung to be more than a little worried.

Via T3

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5 comments

jaybear88  May. 30, 2012 at 19:15

Teehee - So Apple, what's next? Going to include some Flash support too? Any other previous grandeur statements you would like to retract?

killieguy  May. 31, 2012 at 00:49

if this happens how long before the apple fan boys and the idiotic general public think they invented the stylus *rolls eyes*

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 07:06

yes, yes....

testy  May. 31, 2012 at 09:49

Whats wrong with a normal stylus ? Oh I see, create a glorified one so apple charge us something like £20 for it. They are a business after all. Makes it all right then.

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 11:14

Whats wrong with a normal stylus ? Oh I see, create a glorified one so apple charge us something like £20 for it. They are a business after all. Makes it all right then.
"us"? Obviously, they cannot charge you, if you don't want it? Newsflash: No one needs to buy anything! :p

And FYI, the Samsung S-Pen (for Android, no less) costs $39.99 http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/ET-S100EBEGSTA

I used it; it's small and fiddly. Though not an Apple fan, I'm in no doubt that an Apple pen would be at least as 'good' ;)

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