Microsoft’s Surface and Samsung’s Galaxy Note have proven that there are still benefits to a stylus for your average mobile device user. But could Apple be preparing to take the unprecedented step of launching the rumoured iPad Pro / Air Plus / whatever it might be called with a stylus of its very own?
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes so. Ming-Chi Kuo is widely regarded as one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the world – having already predicted the Apple Watch and other products – and his reasoning behind believing Apple will launch a stylus this year is pretty sound.
Kuo’s claims are based on patents Apple has obtained both historically and in recent years, and using his own in-depth research, Kuo reckons Apple will launch a stylus to accompany the so-called iPad Pro in the second quarter of this year – a move unlike any Apple has ever made before and one that would no doubt make the iPad range a lot more appealing to professional users.
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 [MacRumors].
Of course like all rumours this could be nothing but hot air – and with no guarantees that there will even be an iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus, it’s best to take Kuo’s thoughts with a pinch of salt, even if he does have an excellent track record for predicting what Apple will launch next.