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Apple seeks patent on stylus for the Apple iPad

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Apple seeks patent on stylus for the Apple iPad
Apple has filed an application for a stylus-like device for the Apple iPad. Anyone who has watched the unveiling of the OG Apple iPhone can see that Steve Jobs was not a big fan of the stylus. However, Apple has filed a few patents over the years related to the pen-like instrument. Now, Apple has applied for a patent on a "Input device having extendable nib."

The stylus uses interchangeable nibs, or tips. Made of conductive material like metal or mylar, the user can extend the nib's length further away from the stlyus' body, or move it closer using various methods including a twist cap. With the nib extended far from the stylus, it can bend while you use it, which would mimic the feel of using a paint brush.

Besides a nib or tip, strands can also come out of a single hole in the stylus. The patent also showed lights being transmitted through these strands, which could be one quick way to send data to the iPad. In this fashion, the stylus could inform the tablet to change the color of what is being written. The slate might even have a camera that is focused on an LED light on the stylus, and could receive information from the stylus in this manner.

The patent application was filed a couple of years ago and you can view some images from it in the sideshow below.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider, VentureBeat

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:46 2

1. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


For the people who thinks this is copying Sammy's Note series: It's not copying. Many touch phones had this even before the age of smartphones. I'm glad they applied it to the iPad!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:52 27

4. Doakie (Posts: 1267; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:-/ Couldn't care less. They're just following Samsung's lead on the re - popularizing of Styluses. The Note series of phones and tablets did to styluses what the iPhone did for smartphones. It breathed new life and innovation into it. Don't downplay their success unless you're ready to downplay the effect the iPhone had on smartphones.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:49 2

16. rantao333 (Posts: 254; Member since: 21 May 2013)


noob!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:26

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2691; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This is true iNnovation. :P

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:35 5

27. jael206 (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Apple just doesn't innovate anymore since Jobs.. Now all Tim Crook do is play catch-up. And while they're at it, patent anything they have caught-up on.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 05:24 2

34. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That started before Jobs passed away.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:55

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6577; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Yep what ever APPLE sees makes money they copy and paste like always. and what's the point? thought they say using the finger is better than using a stylist

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:16 3

23. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


True. My Nokia 5800 has a stylus.

Sony Ericsson P900 (Released 2003 - 2004) had a stylus too:
http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/6/01/39/13926.jpg

The P900 ran Nokia's earlier version of Symbian.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:17 1

29. doejon (Posts: 357; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


lol but this "stylus" coudn´t do anything lol
it was just a pice of plastic lol

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:58 4

31. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


"Who wants a stylus ? God gave us 10 styluses, lets not invent another. As soon as you have a stylus, you're dead". SJ

Guess who said that ? Lol

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 06:02

35. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


No one is saying that it is a copying .. for we all accept that ALL innovation is build upon existing ones. However these are simply direct application of existing stylus/brush design and the question is .. HOW ON EARTH IS THIS EVEN INNOVATIVE AND NON-OBVIOUS .. that is deserve to be patented?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:46 12

2. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Are you crazy apple? You're a money and patents hungry company.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:55 1

20. rantao333 (Posts: 254; Member since: 21 May 2013)


i don't think there is any problem with money hungry.

btw, Patents Hungry Companies, and trsut me, u dont even want to know what Samsung has patented

1.IBM
2.Samsung
5. Microsoft
11.Google
13.Apple

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 06:04 7

36. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


I would certainly like to know. You DO KNOW that samsung has many products and many of their patents are in fact technical patents instead of nonsensical "trade dress" or "design" patent that makes no sense and many of which from Apple is so broad and obvious and it should never even be granted a second look by the patent office.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:51 7

3. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Why are you patenting a stylus Apple? -_-

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:52 5

5. techperson211 (Posts: 667; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


What the!!!!! Seriously ???!!!! Even stylus??? During the 90s stylus was already invented !!! And now they're gonna patent it??? What innovation is this some ink will go out of it? Or you can morph into a power ranger??

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:24 5

10. Sauce (unregistered)


S Pen is patented, moron.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:29 3

12. techperson211 (Posts: 667; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


You're the moron here am I talking about S pen?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:51 1

18. rantao333 (Posts: 254; Member since: 21 May 2013)


What the!!!!! Seriously ???!!!! Even stylus??? During the 90s stylus was already invented !!! And SAMSUNG gonna patent it with their S-PEN???? What innovation is this some ink will go out of it? Or you can morph into a power ranger??

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:14

22. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Here you go.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418VugtEgdL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 14:31

39. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Meant to reply to #5, not #18.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:27

26. Sauce (unregistered)


Lol you sir, are a f*cking DUMBA**.

I mean that in the most kindest words.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:40

28. power_x (Posts: 235; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


well noob you are talking about styluses as a whole

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:49 2

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Twist to extend is a function that has been around since almost forever. Cross has had twist to extend pens since at least the 1960s. Adding a flexible tip to twist to extend is NOT innovation that is worthy of a patent.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:58 1

21. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I was thinking that too, very surprised they got a patent on that portion. The snare drum type stylus is new though, not really sure how or if they will use it but it's definitely interesting.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:01 1

6. Salazzi (Posts: 181; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


It's amazing how few people actually read the damn article. It is clear that there are many individuals who look to just talk s**t about apple at every opportunity they get.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:03 11

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Now who is stealing design and ideas

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:14 11

8. Duketytz (Posts: 495; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Guess it is about time Apple patents the Volume Rocker, Power Button, Home Button, Front Camera, Rear Camera, Flash, Loudspeaker, Headphone Jack and plenty more to patent. Makes one wonder why they haven't done that yet.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:32

13. techperson211 (Posts: 667; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Maybe in a couple of weeks we will see article regarding to the things you wrote about patenting everything .

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:21 3

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Cook should patent his (under)wear

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:52 2

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


He may have patented the design - Cook-LED that blinks from a row of flexible LEDs.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:28 1

11. fzacek (Posts: 1857; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


There has been an Apple patent every day for like the past week. "No more patents for you, Apple!"

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:37 4

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The USPTO and the US court must be laughing at apple considering how they cry over their patents like a child.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:39

15. ScottSchneider (Posts: 319; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


afraid Apple will patent the @ss soon and no one will be allowed to sit.. Then to sit on it we have to licence it from apple...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:18

24. nlbates66 (Posts: 303; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


so, once they get this patent all they have to do is get an injunction on anything from a Samsung Galaxy Note /Tab to a Surface Pro for "having a stick that works on glass". >.>

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:58

30. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


the next device's price would be much much much higher then !

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 03:52

32. techperson211 (Posts: 667; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


All of their devices are overpriced . I'm not gonna be surprised if the price of this go like 4 figures.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 04:43

33. AmirBudi (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


How about Apple Newton (PDA) that also had stylus ?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 09:06

37. mrblah (Posts: 455; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


This one will have a paint brush tip add on.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:21

40. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


cool, another innovative-less patent...I am still waiting for their patents on the actual apple fruit...

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