“Who wants a stylus” is a famous question asked by Steve Jobs when he changed the world of mobile technology for good back in 2007, while presenting the original iPhone. If you are an Apple fan, you probably know that smartphones and tablets coming together with a stylus was not an Apple’s policy, but on the contrary, an ever – going reason for them to mock and bash around the competing companies for using this rather…useless device. Moreover, if you take a look back to Apple’s history, you will clearly remember that Apple seems to have this habit of first hating, mocking and undermining others’ devices, gadgets and specs upgrades, only to release their own products after a while with the same specs they so little appreciated before. And by “they” we mean, of course, regretted Steve Jobs and Apples’ more recent products, such as the iPad mini – a 7.9 inch tablet that was, evidently, better than the 7 inch ones released by the other tech giants and so on.
But a stylus for the iPad patent was granted by the USPTO very recently and while we can’t help but wonder if Steve Jobs is getting a little agitated in his grave because of the Apple’s such a blow (as he once referred to gadgets coming with a stylus in terms of a company blowing it completely), the gadget, vaguely described as an Input device having extendable nib, seems to be not your ordinary stylus you got by buying some smartphone or tablet not made by Apple, but a new intelligent, sensor-laden stylus that could draw lines of varying widths and shapes by extending a long, extendable “nib” that interacts with a multitouch display. In other words, a badass stylus, but a stylus nonetheless.
In all truth now, Apple is patenting all the time all sorts of products and this one is not even sure to make it to the international market, as other brilliant ideas were left for dead by the tech giant. However, since this new and improved stylus for the iPad patent was granted by the USPTO, Apple’s detractors jumped to the occasion and shouted out loud that this is, once again, Apple copying their competitors’ ideas, forgetting that back in the day, Jobs found the time to bash them before they even proved or unproved their worth.