Apple has reportedly developed several versions of a stylus for the iPad over the years, a new report suggests.
While we have yet to see an Apple-branded tablet stylus, the company has gone through three to four different stylus prototypes over the last four years, according to a Business Insider report, citing a former Apple engineer.
The anonymous source never saw any of the styluses but noted he or she was close to those working on the project. The stylus team was unsure why the project never moved forward, the source noted.
The stylus is also reportedly a different take on other models currently on the market, but the report does not detail how.
However, there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see a work-focused stylus. Apple works on many different projects to varying degrees that never see a release. But if Apple does releases a stylus, it would represent yet another about-face for the company.
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously hated styluses, saying they were clunky and easy to lose.
But people have shown tremendous interest in using the iPad with a pen input. There’s an existing market for third-party styluses for the iPad, led by the Pencil by Fiftythree and the Adonit Jot line, focused on drawing and taking notes.
Some of Apple’s biggest competitors already have styluses for its products. Microsoft makes a pen for its Surface line of tablet computers, intended for drawing and annotating documents. Meanwhile, Samsung includes a stylus in its Galaxy Note line of smartphones for similar functionality. Read more…