Yet, here we are moving quickly into the 21st century and one of the biggest technology hits Apple has introduced in the past year is the stylus. Well, not so much a stylus as a Pencil, and it’s a pencil that only works with Apple’s most advanced iPads, the iPad Pro models. What’s going on?
‘Who Wants A Stylus?’
Back when Jobs introduced the iPhone at a MacWorld Expo the Palm Pilot and other so-called smartphones often came with a stylus to navigate both buttons and screen buttons.
- “You have to get them and put them away.Yaacccch. Nobody wants a stylus.”
- “If you need a stylus, you’ve already failed.”
- “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”
Of course, Apple’s own stylus really isn’t a stylus in the traditional sense. It’s more of a digital pencil and those who use it– usually members of the creative crowd– love it.
Today’s Windows PCs come with touchscreens and I’ve seen a few users with a stylus, too. What about Mac users? We don’t have a traditional touchscreen, but we do have a trackpad, installed on about 70-percent of all Macs.
The invention covers Apple bringing their new Apple Pencil to the Mac via a future version of their Magic Trackpad. The Apple Pencil is also being designed to work with in-air gestures to allow users to control presentation slides in Keynote or turn pages in Apple’s Pages or MS Office displayed on a monitor in a classroom or boardroom And one more thing: Apple Pencil will work as a joystick for games, act as sword or wand and much more.
That means a future Mac, one using a future trackpad, would also be able to handle a future Pencil to do all sorts of things, from drawing to navigating to just showing off.
There is little question that Apple’s Pencil is a big hit among the creative crowd with iPad Pro models, but will it have a similar allure on the Mac?
Time will tell, of course, and it could be a year or two or more before Apple unleashes a new Magic Trackpad with Pencil controls, so the company is hedging its bet with an obvious patent. Apple seems stubbornly insistent that a touchscreen Mac will never see the light of day despite growing sales of Windows-based touchscreen hybrid tablet notebooks.