iPad pro concept (Ramotion, Top view)

The “If you see a stylus, they blew it” line that Steve Jobs famously used during the January 2007 iPhone introduction is about to get challenged in the post-Jobs era.

At least that’s what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo proposed in his newly published note to clients.

Long story short, the analyst predicted that a rumored ‘iPad Pro,’ expected in late-2015, will include an optional in-house built stylus accessory as a niche product aimed at creative professionals.

Acknowledging that not all users will need a stylus initially, Kuo goes on to predict that Apple’s stylus as an optional accessory “will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

“Coupled with its unfavorable cost structure, high selling prices may turn consumers off if the 12.9-inch iPad is always bundled with it,” Kuo’s note reads. “We therefore expect the stylus to be an optional accessory before sufficient user feedback is received.”

Rather than cite supply checks as he normally does, Kuo instead points to Apple’s related patent applications as an indication that the company could be developing a stylus accessory of sorts.

Drawing below accompanies Apple’s 2010 patent application describing a haptic stylus accessory that would give a user a tactile feel for the content on a device’s screen through forces, vibrations and motions.

“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,” reads the description for an invention titled “Haptic Input Device” credited to engineers Aleksandar Pance and Omar Sze Leung.

Apple patent haptic stylus

Last December, Apple was awarded a patent for a “communicating stylus” device which would automatically transcribe handwritten notes into digital form by tracking its movement in three-dimensional space.

Kuo is calling for an accessory that would charge via a Lightning connector rather than rely on a more convenient and pricier wireless charging solution.

Future iterations of the stylus, he continues, could add new functionality such as an accelerometer for 3D handwriting capability allowing users to write on other surfaces or even in the air. The new device will launch in the second or third quarter of this year alongside the iPad Pro, the analyst projected.

Given that a stylus is included with Microsoft’s Surface Pro and considering the fact that third-party styluses such as FiftyThree’s Pencil (now available in Apple Stores) have proven popular, an Apple-branded stylus makes sense — not as a primary means of input, but more as a creative tool for illustrators, 3D artists, enterprise users and the like.

Last but not least, while Ming-Chi Kuo is more accurate than other Apple analysts, his prediction accuracy is about fifty percent. Couple that with the fact that Kuo’s talk of a stylus accessory is not based on supply checks and you have another murky rumor that may or may not come true.

Source: MacRumors

  • Jordan Ross

    Jony Ive: “The mouse, the click wheel, the touchscreen. Today, Apple invents the stylus.”

    Crowd: *violent seizures and applause*

    • RarestName

      They’d probably say that they’re reinventing the stylus. It sounds fancier.

    • rockdude094

      If Steve was here

  • Jake Dai

    FYI, Chinese pirate app store PP assistant just released their mac jailbreak tool for ios8+ devices….

  • Xee

    Good look forward to this if true. But would want it to work with standard and mini iPad too!

  • Starting at a “low price” of $150 for just the stylus, $800 for just the bigger iPad…

    • Maxim∑

      Still less ridiculous than Microsoft not including the touch type cover with the Surface Pro 3. High end active styluses usually cost that much anyway

      • Less ridiculous in what way? Does the iPad come with a keyboard? The Surface Pro is a complete Tablet on it’s own and a Tablet is simply a PC form-factor that was designed to take input on it’s screen, that’s what your finger and the Surface Pen do. Just ’cause it performs on-par with the MacBook Air (http://bit ly/1y0BAaV) doesn’t automatically make it a Laptop…performance has nothing to do with the form-factor.

        Buying the Type Cover (to transform it into a practical Laptop PC) is as mandatory as buying a MacBook Air to complement your iPad…which you’ll probably still have to do in the case of the iPad Pro.

      • Cameron

        “Buying the Type Cover (to transform it into a practical Laptop PC) is as mandatory as buying a MacBook Air to complement your iPad…which you’ll probably still have to do in the case of the iPad Pro (if you want the practical Laptop experiecne).”

        Don’t need to exaggerate, my family house has an iPad lying around the living room used by my mom mostly that is never connected to a computer, many many others has an iPad for this function, if I’m not wrong Sebastian Page as well.

        I seriously doubt the stylus would be that price and anyway there are alread high end stylus made for the iPad.

      • Clearly your family is in the extreme minority, ’cause 96% of people that own an iPad, own a Laptop too (http://bit ly/14UajMh).

        Most buy iPad ($500) mainly for consumption (barely offers any of the productive benefits of the tablet form-factor, http://bit ly/1pgy6jn, http://bit ly/1yPo9cL, http://bit ly/1xNpW0I), buy another $150 iPen-like accessory (http://bit ly/1vVsA4n) to gain some of the productive benefits of the Tablet form-factor on the iPad, and some other laptop for their main work. If they want a high-end laptop/ultrabook, they’ll be spending $1000+ for something like the MacBook Air. If they want access to non-bastardized artist applications, like the full Photoshop, they’ll be spending another $500+ on a Wacom board attachment for their Laptop.

        The Surface Pro is an iPad ($500+) merged with a MacBook Air ($1000+) and a Wacom board ($500+), selling for $1130+. Who with half a brain calls that overpriced?

      • Fanboy 

        Nice. I didn’t know Microsoft was hiring trolls now too to go on blogs and comment! (shout out to Samsung)

      • Haha, typical iHypocrite trolling with their troll remarks when they’ve got no conventional logic to backup their herd master. Never gets old in the iWorld, fukn iDiot.

      • Fanboy 

        Oh nice, so Microsoft also provides you with a list of relevant i-vocabulary and insults

      • Neh, I actually learnt that from your herd master Apple…that’s how they described their mindless zombie followers.

      • Stxle

        if the SP3 is really so good and cheap ( combining 3 functions into one ) it should be a killer product and sell a lot. How much does it sell per quarter?

      • “it should be a killer product and sell a lot.”

        Not without great marketing to back it. Most Sales =/= best product. Like Beats by Dr Dre (http://bit. ly/1E33t19), Apple sells most of it’s products simply due to unparalleled marketing.

        Until Microsoft creates ads that properly demonstrate the full capabilities of the Surface, like this user did here for students (http://bit. ly/1E33Jx9), and has local stores available for customer service and further advertisements, I don’t see them outselling Apple’s iPads. Regardless, they have been doing just fine, Surface sales are rising while iPad sales drop (http://zd. net/1y97rI9), and they appear to be growing at a good rate (http://bit. ly/1E34jLc).

      • rockdude094

        Need not I remind you that its actually a fully functional pc

  • Merman123

    Who wants a stylus?

  • Martok2

    There are allot of iPad 12″ rumors, and also MacBook 12″ with retina display,with one usb port and maybe A CPU.
    What if it’s the same product? a laptop/tablet hybrid.
    Think about it, iOS and OSX are getting closer, A chips are getting faster.
    Maybe this is the reason Apple moved to 64 bit in iOS devices?
    This can also explain the relationship with IBM to develop enterprise software for iPads. It can also explain why iOS 8 takes so much space and is much slower than previous version. It can already contain the infrastructure to support such a device.