Ever since Apple has been making devices, whether touch screen or not, they have been using the notion that everything you do on the device wouldn’t depend on anything else but the touch of your finger(s). Everyone who has ever used an Apple product knows this. Would you be surprised if I told you that recently Apple applied and was accepted to receive a patent to start producing an iPen?

(Credit: Apple/CNET)

(Credit: Apple/CNET)

An iPen is Apple’s rendition of a stylus. But what sets the iPen away from a traditional stylus? Well, when using the iPen, it acts as a pen or pencil would in real life. An example given by CNET was that if you were to write straight onto the iPad, it would write and look differently than if you were to write with the iPen tilting to the side. It does this by determining how the pen is positioned or how fast it’s moving and most likely how hard the pen is pressed on the iPad.

But this idea of a pen that could accomplish all this is nothing new. In fact, in 2012, Apple filed for this exact thing. Although in the past there hasn’t been big feedback about the product, Apple is willing to take this step. We know that Steve Jobs was against this idea, believing it was unconventional and excess.



(Credit: Phys.org)

(Credit: Phys.org)

We do hope that the iPen will have many more uses than just writing. With the right applications, it could prove to be a big step in technology. Though other companies have used the stylus in the past for some of their devices, but never in this aspect. As with every new product apple adds to their line, people will start to add uses for the product. The iPen could possibly be used for teaching a student how to correctly perform surgery with utter accuracy, not only drawing beautiful art with the iPad’s hi-def screen. But we’ll leave it up to the developers to figure out new uses.

Andrew Romero

Andrew loves tech with a special spot for Apple. He also enjoys rock climbing and BMX. He’s also into computer programming. You can catch him hanging out on Twitter and Google+