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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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posted on 31 Dec 2012, 22:59 1

52. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

no, I understand that, but does it seem odd that NOW APPLE would come out with a patent just when Samsung is doing well with their phablet and the S-Pen, and a possible S-pen with the SGS4. Again, APPLE just seems to always play catch up.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 23:00 1

54. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

See post #10, as to why APPLE is really patenting a stylus pen.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 23:21

58. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Its so nobody else can use it to innovate. Duh. lol

Anyway, Apple should innovate their iPhone to be compatible with a regular plastic stylus instead. Not the stylus to the phone.

Its like cutting corners instead... an advanced device should be able to function better on its own.

Why would you need a stylus for a 4" phone anyway...

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 01:00

68. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Well, maybe. But they have to get past invalidity. As in how Google cleaned Oracle's clock in Oracle v. Google.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:07 3

24. soldiernation (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

Now to wait for Apple to sue claiming they had the pen idea first. They're playing catch up alright.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:08

26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Jeezes it's a never ending article with patents on APPLE just another way to sue

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:26 1

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 5744; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

What we really need for this New Year 2013. MORE patent news from Apple. Right!!

Can't wait for it to crush and burn!!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:35 5

39. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

New rule: if you don't have a working prototype, you cannot patent. This is so beyond ridiculous.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:57 1

44. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


posted on 31 Dec 2012, 23:01

55. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

APPLE's way of improving tech is to patent something that they may never use, until their competition uses such item, then sue.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 23:11 1

56. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

can't we all just agree that apple is dying and has no more innovation, and look forward to the new ideas and creativity that is android? even windows? until chrapple brings out some new ideas, i am really tired of hearing about them and "the competition" i used to love bashing them, now much like blackberry two years ago, i just feel sorry for them. at least blackberry is trying to innovate something up to keep afloat, chrapple just sits there resting on jobby jobs success. i actually laugh everytime i see an iphone or ipad just b/c the software is so dating. it is like i am looking at a speak and spell, or the WOPR from war games.. lol. sooooo freaking dated!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 23:47 1

63. reyenrique (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

an l thought that apple user hate the styles.. humm

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 01:15

69. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

All the apple fanboys day Samsung copies Apple but OBVIOUSLY Apple is ATTEMPTING to follow the heels of Samsung. Albeit a weak attempt to chase and try for similar technology.

The Samsung S-Pen does not display any lag WHAT SO EVER. .so Apple can continue their delusions lol nothing is new and nothing will change.

Samsung FTW 2k13 ALL DAY. . Teamed w/ Android FTW... GG Apple Game Over.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 01:35 2

70. jibraihimi (Posts: 762; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Apple under Tim cook is becoming Anti Steve Jobs, they are realeasing things which Jobs said are useless, and people will not need it....... Like first they launched ipad mini, and now they are developing stylus.......

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 02:25

72. mariosraptor (Posts: 125; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

i am sure that at some point will seek a patent for, embrace your selfs, Samsung.
they will come and state, "We Invented Samsung".
piss off Apple and create something of your own.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 05:16

75. breathlesstao (unregistered)

I love how utterly original they're being by bringing new features to their crapware. Copy-paste, wallpapers, videocalling, notifications, panoramic photos, now the stylus... and of course they're absolutely right in their crusade against every other competitor that claims to have done these things - just first, not to even mention much better. Yup. They're that awesome.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 07:10 1

76. emes360 (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

After Steve Jobs died Apple changed and now we can clearly see how. Instead of creating trends Apple is now following them.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 09:58

81. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

First of all phone arena I have no lagging issue with my s pen in ny galaxy note 2.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 10:14

82. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

Apple is really Samsunged...

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 14:05

84. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)

Go apple! I will use stylus if its made by you. If from some other cheap-looking companies like samy, nvm.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 15:02 1

86. willard12 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Samsung will probably make for them like 70% of the iPhone.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 16:18 2

88. JohnSullivan (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

Yawwnnn to all you idiots who are fighting for your favorite company.

Not like either Samsung or Apple invented the damn thing and yet you all get hard convincing yourselves it somehow is possible.

Apple used it on the Newton and also helped create ARM. Both were somewhat useful and somewhat not. Palm improved and WACOM was also doing their thing for other applications. Today we have Stylus that are dumb and you can buy for a dollar. The SPen was improved upon and will be again. Apple may or may not release a stylus of their own. While Apple may be seeing that the Stylus is, again, useful at this point of the evolution of the phone then so be it. At some point in the future it may not be and even the SPen may go away. And, then at some point in the future it may return. Didn't they also have them on Star Trek?

Ha Ha Ha. You're not even fighting for integrity, honor, or anything of value. You're fighting for your psychological masters, because you are their emotional b@tches. At least it brings you some type of self worth. But, should you're response always have to be "Daddy says I'm the Best"?

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 17:01 1

90. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

i believe apple heard all of the rave reviews people were giving about their s-pen on the note 2 and decided that they needed to get in on the action so they found that they needed to make one and call it an active stylis to try and one up sammy and ride their coat tails....i mean really he's gonna notice the 2 nano second improvement in response time that this active pen is gonna generate anyways.....oh yippee i can pet my dog faster or nead the dough faster in one of them stupid app games!!!!! IDIOTS!!!!!

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 17:31

92. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

oops he's=who is

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 17:13

91. BomberXL (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

im just going to wait. And i swear to everything i will swallow my pride, i swear i will... when apple again makes something revolutionary. becuase maknig something, and then making a smller version of it, well, im just not getting the memo here.

An stylus.... no Google Glass in my eyes.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 17:43

93. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

This patent is clearly another tool for Apple to use to Patent Troll away the competition.
Sammy & Fruits needs to let it (patent wars) go for the '13.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 02:29

95. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Apple is very self-contradicting it's stupid. People will realize apple is copying other manufacturers when it starts producing styluses. The S-Pen is already known worldwide as Samsung.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 08:38

96. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Looks like one-handed phone operations is no longer "Alpoop" (Apple) trade mark... Unless your a Las Vegas card dealer that can shuffle, cut, and deal, while still raking in the money with the other hand. A normal person can't use a stylus on a phone with just one hand... (Holding the phone)

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 09:50

97. ChafedBanana (Posts: 381; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I'll take a Galaxy S4. But hold the S pen. I'll continue using the best pointing device in the world. Using a stylus just makes you look faggy.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 11:08

98. miggymini (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

great list but they forgot the Pippin.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 09:43

99. desterno (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

iphone don't need this,steve jobs was not a fool saying ' best pointing device in the world, your finger'

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 23:06

101. Elder1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)

I worked for Xerox in the 70's until 2000. Apple and Samsung are newcomers to this game. The active stylus has been around for half a century and I have two graphics tablets that use them, both over 30 to 40 years old. Xerox invented the WIMP (Window, Icons, Mouse and Pointer) operating system and all the toys that go with it including the touchpad and an active stylus as well as high resolution 3D graphics on a desktop computer that I saw at PARC in the 70's.

All the stuff available now is no more than incremental derivative developments of what has been around since then. The tech is better but the ideas are old.

BTW, Apple just recently patented the rounded rectangle as a display shape. I kid you not. See Patent no. D670,286. It only covers the rectangle shape with rounded corners, none of the rest of the illustrations are relevant according to their own wording of the patent. Absurd.

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