Apple wrote in a research note on Sunday that an expected analyst with a good scorecard predicting new products would present a stylus with a larger iPad.
Speculation about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro launching this year has been mired in rumor mongering for months, but the Apple stylus is predicted to be a new development.
The stylus will be sold separately and will have relatively bare equipment, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a research note obtained by AppleInsider.
The stylus is notable for its lack of features. It will not have a built-in gyroscope or accelerometer according to Kooey – which will need to convert handwritten notes into digital text – and will not have wireless charging.
It is likely that it will sell 2.5 million units from Palatry 2 in 2015, he forecasts, but it will be a hit in the corporate and education markets.
Koo is known for his accurate predictions about Apple products. He correctly revealed several iPad Air 2 features: its laminated, antireflective screen; Gold color option; A8 processor; And iTouch fingerprint scanner.
He also predicted the latest upgrade to the iPad Mini; One month before the correct information of the Apple Watch was leaked; And aired a special sheet for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to appear five months ago.
However, his predictions are usually based on information from sources in Apple’s supply chain. Not so with this note on the stylus, which is based on Kuo’s personal analysis of the market.
Although former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was vocal about his disdain for the stylus – “If you see a stylus, he blew it,” he once said – it led the company to file a patent on a patent called the Smart Stylus since 2012. Has not stopped doing. “iPen.”
Furthermore, after Jobs’ death, many of the product ideas rejected by the founder have materially replaced the largest smartphones and smaller tablets.
If Apple introduces the stylus, it will be in response to market conditions that have changed since Jobs introduced the iPad. When Jobs was alive, the iPad focused almost exclusively on consumers. If a larger iPad aims to spread the appeal of the tablet to other markets, such as a business, then a stylus may be necessary.
Tim Bajerin, president of Creative Strategies, said, “One of the things we’ve traded on is that tablets are often clipboard replacements. They are used to take orders and fill forms.”
“If they’re doing a big screen,” he said, “it’s plausible that they could work on a stylus,” he told TechNewsWorld. He said, “If they were doing something in a stylus, it would have to be tied directly to the iPad in ways that the competition can’t.”
If Apple had to offer a stylus, it would probably have been sold separately, because “there is a significant amount of people who could care less about the stylus,” said Bazarin.
“If you asked me two years ago if Apple introduced a stylus, I would have said ‘no way’,” said independent mobile devices analyst Michael Morgan, “but that possibility more every year from Steve Jobs Increases what we get. ”
He said that powerful graphics desktop programs are being moved to the cloud so that they will work on tablets. This will push Apple to make the iPad a content as well as a content consumption device.
“If the tablet becomes a content creation device, the stylus would be good additionally,” Morgan told TechNewsWorld.
This would not be a good addition, as Koo pointed out, the stylus was just a dumb plastic stick.
Morgan said, “I’d be shocked if they took out the dumb stylus.” “This would be incredibly bad news for Apple.
In some quarters, more surprising than Apple’s plan to introduce a stylus is that it has taken such a long time to come around.
“Since Apple is closely connected to the artistic world, it always seemed unusual that they would be badly affected by this technology,” said Rob Anderle, president and principal analyst of the Anderle Group.
“Looks like they’re going to close that particular gap,” he told TechNewsWorld, “and become competitive in a market that likes them anyway.”