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Apple could bring stylus back on its 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’

Another report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in KGI securities (who has a good record on inside scoops from Apple) shows that the Cupertino giant is planning to revive the use of a stylus on tablets as an accessory to the rumored “iPad Pro” that should be Apple‘s biggest tablet yet.

Is Apple on its way to releasing a stylus for its 12.9-inch tablet? (Photo: The Verge)

Is Apple on its way to releasing a stylus for its 12.9-inch tablet? (Photo: The Verge)

Kuo states that reviving the functionality of a stylus is just what the 12.9-inch iPad Pro needs for the enterprise and creative users that the tablet is aimed at.

Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases. Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.

The reported stylus will most likely connect and charge via the company’s Lightning connector and not by wireless means. This, according to Kuo, is the road Apple is taking to keep costs relatively down. These styli could also have a gyroscope accelerometer to support “3D handwriting” so users can write in the air or on other surfaces, although this feature might come later on and not with the first few models of the accessory.

As for the alleged iPad Pro, previous reports suggest it could come with a 12.9-inch display with 2K resolution, a better A8X processor, 2GB RAM, and the company’s signature Touch ID.

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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11 Responses

  1. Miss Call says:

    Who needs a stylus? Apple already determined, through years of research and testing, that no one needs that. Some other companies will say that using a stylus is more accurate than just using your fingers but who would you believe, them or Apple? I am a firm believer in Apple and I don’t want the next iPad to have a stylus.

    • Repent says:

      IF Apple does bring back the stylus in the next iPad, are you going to turn your back on your Apple religion and your Apple god?

    • phonebuddy says:

      I’m using the stylus of my note 4 during flight check in and airline booking and it’s better than zooming in and out to fill in some data in text fields. Also very useful for websites with pull down/pop-up menu e.g. Villman. It feels like having a mouse.

    • carloxy says:

      I dont know why the author didnt included the part about the stylus being just an accessory thus making it optional.

    • Syntax says:

      Huh. And why is that Surface Pro 3 is becoming popular? It’s because of its precise pen. Even The Verge acknowledges the superiority of a pen.

  2. dyimmy says:

    More like jumping on the bandwagon. Lol.

    The Note series and its stylus I think is the best tandem out there. If the screen is already big enough like 12 inches I don’t think a stylus is necessary but for 5 inchers to 6 inchers it’s a great companion especially for dropdown menus.

  3. Stylish Stylus says:

    The Stylus is perfect for photo editing applications.

    Cropping for Lightroom will be easier with a stylus

  4. Tony says:

    I agree with stylish stylus. It is perfect for photo editing applications. More accurate than a finger. But some apps already offered a zoom in options for those who do not have a stylus.

  5. Easy E says:

    The ipad pro will start at $1000 plus that pen at $200. Any takers?

  6. Rockafella says:

    Bring what back? The Note 4 and prolly other huge ass phones have been there the whole time. The “stylus pen” never left the scene lol maybe iSheeps will buy this but you and I both know we’re just gonna barely use it :)

  7. awts says:

    they should have put it along with iphone 6 plus, and called to i-note 01

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