Apple seeks patent on stylus for the Apple iPad

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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40 Comments

1. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 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: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

16. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

noob!

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is true iNnovation. :P

27. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That started before Jobs passed away.

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

29. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol but this "stylus" coudnĀ“t do anything lol it was just a pice of plastic lol

31. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 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: Jul 21, 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: Dec 18, 2013

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

20. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 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

36. piggypigs

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 21, 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.

3. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why are you patenting a stylus Apple? -_-

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

18. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 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: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

39. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Meant to reply to #5, not #18.

26. Sauce unregistered

Lol you sir, are a f*cking DUMBA**. I mean that in the most kindest words.

28. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

well noob you are talking about styluses as a whole

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Now who is stealing design and ideas

8. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Cook should patent his (under)wear

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