Apple patents the Active Stylus for iOS
0. phoneArena 31 Dec 2012, 19:38 posted on
Ever since the introduction of the first Apple iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs made it clear that he was not a fan of the stylus and Apple has stayed away from any type of application that would require the use of one; however, the popularity of the S Pen on the Samsung GALAXY Note has even Apple changing its mind and grabbing a patent for the Active Stylus...
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1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1227; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I'm pretty sure Samsung patented updated S-Pen technology a while back that has yet to be implemented into its product line that would eliminate any of the lag problems with the S-Pen now. It will be interesting to see if Apple spins this to sound like they are revolutionizing the stylus.
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
This is going to be a fight between hardware (iApple) and software (S-Pen). With processor power being so much greater than it was when the patent application was submitted, I suspect this is so much ado about nothing. With screen resolution of 441 ppi in the upcoming 1080p screens, software can be tuned to address any 'lag'. The 'active' stylus is more suited for low resolution (640x480?) applications.
11. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Active styli are nothing like using a capacitive stylus. So I'm not sure what you are saying here. You can't get the accuracy out of a capacitive stylus, that you can out of an active one.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Capacitive stylus interrupts at the individual line level, right? If so, then software can be written to control the interruption events. If not, I still don't see active trumping capacitive, because the application developer just implements an OS feature for zooming, much like what is available with Chrome - if your finger clicks on two selection options, the selection immediately zooms in a dialog box for the user to choose from.
Plus, how is the active stylus powered? Hearing aid batteries?
36. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1227; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
It will be interesting to see if this Apple patent bumps up against any patents that Wacom has had for a while now. Also, I have yet to have any accuracy problems even with my first-generation Note. I am sure there will be even less problems if the Note III has this in it:
"The new stylus pen apparently uses the micro-current of the human body to allow the multi-touch screen to think it's a finger. This translates into the stylus pen having the same fluidity as you would get using your finger on a multitouch tablet yet with a finer tip. This could take out some of the lag that is traditionally associated with older generations of stylus pens."
29. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I am a proud owner of a Note 2 and I dont have any lag in my device so what the heck does this activ stylus provide that my S-Pen doesn't?
And oh oh Apple finally going tthe Samsung way...i am definitely gonna be seeing the presentation for this device...and I will love it when Apple has to swallow its pride and make some crappy excuse for embracing the stylus and Oh My Dear Fans of the Fruit...how they're gonna be jumping up and down at the slim chance that they're getting to take a punch at the Note series...this is gonna be so funny I feel sorry for Apple and its loyal fruity pebble fan following!
35. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I bet the next gen iPhone will have that "Active Stylus" & it'll be magical and revolutionary all over again. ^__^
73. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Exactly, WHAT LAG??
S Pen is really fast and accurate
16. MeoCao (unregistered)
What Jobs said: "we INVENTED multitouch"?
I just can't stop laughing.
31. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
"good artists copy, great artists steal" ;)
65. Hemlocke (unregistered)
You shouldn't be, since that is fact. The inventors of multitouch started a company that is a wholly owned part of Apple, Inc. Apple holds THE multitouch patent.
87. tedkord (Posts: 11956; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
His point stands. Apple did not, in fact, invent multi touch. Steve Jobs lied.
102. jroc74 (Posts: 6014; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If thats the case...I guess we can say Google invented any patents they got in the Motorola deal, right?
42. Igneel (unregistered)
The S pen tech is a tech borrowed from Wacom. Wacom already got them patented years ago.
2. JunBringer (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Now that Jobs is gone they can do all of the things he was pissy about lol
3. JcHnd (Posts: 97; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
That "Who want's a stylus?" comment first came to my mind when i saw this headline... they're so bipolar... and greedy
4. Aeires (unregistered)
It'll be produced, in a courtroom near you.
6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This goes again Apple's MO. I think they just patented it as a bit of patent trolling against companies like Samsung that try to bring back the stylus.
12. JcHnd (Posts: 97; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
15. Ninetysix (Posts: 2453; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Thank you broseph. You see Apple's name all over the history of pen computing. 0 Android companies in there.
37. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Yea because juries really pay attention to prior art in a US courtroom aha... they've gotten patent's on flexible devices, cover flow, page turning and if im not mistaken from memory, something very similar to project glass? and now this oh god what has the world come to
10. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Of course apple would patent something they never will use. Just to sue later on I guarantee it
13. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Tell me more about your plans to REVOLUTIONIZE the stylus Apple. Steve Jobs is tossing in his grave. iTroll Inc.
17. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
apple might launch iPad 5th gen with a stylus (which would be awesome) but if they are patenting things to attack samsung, i don't think it would work as samsung already has Spen before this patent
60. tedkord (Posts: 11956; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
When has prior art ever stopped Apple from suing?