Ming Chi-Kuo: Apple to release stylus at the same time it launches the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro

Ming Chi-Kuo, one of the most connected Apple analysts around, hangs his abacus at KGI Securities. In the past, he has been pretty accurate with his predictions pertaining to the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Based on a number of stylus related patents applied for by Apple, and his own research, Kuo is telling clients that Apple will release a stylus during the second quarter of this year, to work with the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

If true, Steve Jobs might be spinning like a dreidel in his grave right now. Who could forget his comments about a stylus when the OG Apple iPhone was introduced in January 2007. "Who wants a stylus? You have to get them and put them away and you lose them. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus."

But in his report, Kuo says that the stylus is more precise than a person's fingers and is more convenient than using a mouse or a keyboard. The analyst sees the stylus being offered as an optional accessory since most people won't need it to use the slate. Kuo says that another reason to make it optional is the expected high price of the iPad Pro if bundled with the accessory.

Kuo doesn't see Apple stuffing any special features into the stylus, a least not right now. He sees future models coming with a gyroscope that would allow users to "write on air." The analyst also expects the Stylus to use a Lightning connector to charge. Overall, he sees Apple shipping 2 million to 2.5 million units and says that the stylus might help Apple sell the iPad Pro in the corporate and education sectors.

source: AppleInsider



1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

If this is true, I'll throw my Note 10.1 2014 edition in the garbage and get this instead. This is probably the worst tablet in existence and I still use it cuz of the stylus. Thank goodness Apple is getting in the stylus game because when Apple do stuff, they do it right in terms of simplicity and user experience

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. Apple does it right.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Copies it right.

12. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

And rips and overcharges, as well as lies so much.

15. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Idc about who copies who. This is tech and everyone copies each other. All I care about is the quality of the product im paying for.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post of the day bro. Who the hell cares who does what first, and who copies who? I swear, when I walk into a store to buy my device, that's the last thing that crosses my mind...in fact, it doesn't cross it. Simply sell me what I want case closed. +1 bro

17. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol you have a table and you said it suck bit still use it loll... right if you own the note 4 you will know apple will not match the stylus power. Is not all about the stylus is what you can do with it because is combine with TouchWiz software..

29. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I still own it because of the stylus which I use in class. I don't deny the Note 4's power since I've used it myself but this is because Samsung gives it tonnes of support and optimization and forget about the tablets. urge you to use a Samsung tablet with a stylus for a month, then you'll have a feel of what I'm saying.

21. wilsong17 unregistered

Maybe when iPhone and iPad can do this then we could talk Samsung Galaxy Note 4: S Pen:http://youtu.be/UeTf2QGBsBA

2. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

So... Samsung's had 12 inch tablets for almost a year now and an advanced stylus included with their Note devices for several years and now here comes the 'Cupertino CopyCats' jumping on the bandwagon, yet there will still be legions of ignoramuses touting Apple's obviously 'me too' efforts as something new/innovative or that 'Apple finally got it right' when they most certainly are not... nor did nothing more than blantantly suckle of the teet of Samsung's research team.

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Trust me if you had those Samsung devices, you'd know Samsung pays no attention whatsoever to them. Such little support, laggy interface, and myriads of things wrong with them. With Apple in the stylus game, they'd pay a little more attention to them. Too bad I'm switching sides tho. They had their chance to inpress me and its gone

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I think people repeat this time and time again but it always feels like people keep dipping their heads in the sand. I'll repeat this again so that maybe this could get through someone's dense skull. Apple has never been the first to the market (save for a few like the iPad). What they do in most markets is let someone else test the waters and only THEN can they come in once they see a potential in that market. And when they do come into a market, they don't do a half-arsed job like what the current market is providing. In comparison, or at times its like Google having all the pieces necessary to make a Lego Ironman for a few years but not going the whole 9 yards to complete the piece and then Apple comes along and makes a better looking Batman. Good examples (though most don't include Google) iPod, iPhone, Apple Pay and soon iWatch (again, screw Apple Watch)

14. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

So in other words, those Cupertino douchebags just copy whatever someone created? Apple is no innovator. They're a bunch of me too asswipes. It's amazing how you fools credit this company that does nothing to push technology forward, but yea! Apple is the best.

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The next generation hybrid-tablet war will between Apple and Microsoft... I don't see Google being able to compete.

11. jcass5467 unregistered

Yeah unless the ipad is running full Mac os it will be able to compete but 99% it will just be an oversized ipad with a crappy stylus

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm really happy there will be a built in pen - so I don't have to carry my 3rd-party ones.

8. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

stylus is a must in almost any tablet now. if they release, this should push the game, getting the best out of all companies.


Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Once again, Apple sheep bray in unison. You lot never quit and are so predictable. You think Apple crap is gods gift. Yes, Apple will once again copy Samsung and the thing will be built in China using Samsung built processors, memory, batteries and storage and god knows what else, and you lot will think you have all gone to heaven. L O L

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung and Apple have copied each other back and forth, since the Iphone came out. They're business partners and opponents at the same time. Let them do what they do, and just enjoy your purchase.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

So Samsung was the first ever divide to have an included stylus? I Didn't know that. /s

28. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Don't forget, Apple Newton (early 90's) already used stylus ...

13. chisinla

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

copycat !

16. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

How come Apple is copycat?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care what anyone says, Samsung made the stylus hot again. When Steve said that, it was true, but he couldn't have imagined what Samsung would do.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

EDIT: sorry DJ, didn't mean to reply directly to your post. Jobs didn’t say nobody would ever want a stylus. He said nobody wants a stylus as the primary input on a mobile phone. For that, fingers are better. Don't forget that at the time iphone was introduced - primary input was a stylus - specifically when you're after consistent correct outcome - you needed to carry a stylus - steves quote was to point out that carrying a stylus as a necessity was "yuck" "We don’t want to carry around a mouse, right? So what are we going to do? Oh, a stylus, right? We’re going to use a stylus. (Pause) Nooo. (Big laugh) Who wants a stylus? You have to get them and put them away and you lose them. Yuck." I'll give Samsung credit - they modernized the stylus and probably made as perfect as one can be with note 4, and I highly doubt that Apple can top it. What I'm happy about is that I don't have to get an android device if I really really wanted a built in (multi functioning) stylus. I currently carry my iPad with a built-in stylus-case-thing. I can now have it with iOS - best of both worlds. But, don't act like android was first to have it - stylus was included on devices way before Android, iOS, Samsung, or Apple.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No they weren't, I had WinMo 6 phones with a stylus before the iPhone actually came out, also Palm had em too in the pilot series. When the iPhone launched, the stylus was a dying breed, as capacitive touch was the new thing. Steve was right, Sammy just re invigorated old tech, with new features. They did a helluva job too. I look forward to Apple moving it forward.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

I'd be curious to know what kinds of functionalities they'll add with the stylus because I use the s-pen probably 98% of the time and may try looking at the iPhone if they add it there with some useful features. To the user who posted little support, laggy interface, etc. about Samsung devices, it's all false from my experience, as I am still using a Samsung phone. Just another troll who may (or may not) have had a sad experience in the past and is permanently an anti or something.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

I doubt Apple can add anymore functuality other than remembering your strokes or transcribing your strokes to screen when you writing on something else. I Love Samsung's note 4's s-pen - it is perfect - and the limited time I had with it - functions are great (not gimmicky). So if I can get half of that on iOS - I'll be happy, happy, happy.

30. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I never mentioned anything about the phones. I specifically meant the Samsung tablets with styluses. Samsung doesn't seem to care about them, well, because Apple or other manufacturers don't care about them. They only care about their most recent flagships so us tablet users get left in the dark. Now that Apple, might start to care, its impulse Samsung will care also but too late for that now.

31. GeekMovement unregistered

I don't have a Samsung tablet as I have an iPad, but I had the thought that there were similar features for the s-pen whether it's on a phone or a tablet? We're hoping that with Lollipop Samsung will trim down their UI and start breaking free from the famous touchwiz lag, but not sure what you meant when you said no support "and myriads of things wrong with them."

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