Apple seeks patent on stylus for the Apple iPad
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.
Apple applies for patent on iPad stylus
source: USPTO via AppleInsider, VentureBeat
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!
4. Doakie (Posts: 1250; 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.
27. jael206 (Posts: 122; 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.
38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; 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
23. alterecho (Posts: 1081; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
True. My Nokia 5800 has a stylus.
Sony Ericsson P900 (Released 2003 - 2004) had a stylus too:
The P900 ran Nokia's earlier version of Symbian.
29. doejon (Posts: 347; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
lol but this "stylus" coudn´t do anything lol
it was just a pice of plastic lol
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
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?
2. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Are you crazy apple? You're a money and patents hungry company.
20. rantao333 (Posts: 231; 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
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.
5. techperson211 (Posts: 608; 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??
10. Sauce (unregistered)
S Pen is patented, moron.
12. techperson211 (Posts: 608; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
You're the moron here am I talking about S pen?
18. rantao333 (Posts: 231; 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??
22. hurrycanger (Posts: 1096; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
26. Sauce (unregistered)
Lol you sir, are a f*cking DUMBA**.
I mean that in the most kindest words.
28. power_x (Posts: 222; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
well noob you are talking about styluses as a whole
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5745; 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.
21. PBXtech (Posts: 976; 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.
6. Salazzi (Posts: 162; 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.
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Now who is stealing design and ideas
8. Duketytz (Posts: 470; 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.
13. techperson211 (Posts: 608; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Maybe in a couple of weeks we will see article regarding to the things you wrote about patenting everything .
9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Cook should patent his (under)wear
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5745; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
He may have patented the design - Cook-LED that blinks from a row of flexible LEDs.
11. fzacek (Posts: 1639; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
There has been an Apple patent every day for like the past week. "No more patents for you, Apple!"
14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; 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.
15. ScottSchneider (Posts: 316; 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...
24. nlbates66 (Posts: 295; 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". >.>
30. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
the next device's price would be much much much higher then !
32. techperson211 (Posts: 608; 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.
33. AmirBudi (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
How about Apple Newton (PDA) that also had stylus ?
37. mrblah (Posts: 437; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
This one will have a paint brush tip add on.
40. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
cool, another innovative-less patent...I am still waiting for their patents on the actual apple fruit...