When he introduced iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs mocked the idea of a stylus or, as it has become known, the Apple iPen. And, he was [mostly] right…

When he introduced the original iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs famously mocked the idea that anyone with a smartphone would want a stylus or, as it has become known, the Apple iPen. The facts be known, however, he was right, well, mostly right.

Yes, there are more than a few Android smartphones, phabets and tablets available. Nevertheless, people on the whole aren’t huge stylus users. But, whatever…

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued 35 new patents to Apple for a variety technologies and techniques. One specific patent, unlike more than 141 patents issued to Steve Jobs since his death, doesn’t include the Apple cofounder’s name. However, the company does credit Aleksandar Pance as the sole the inventor of US Patent #8,922,530.

Steve Jobs vs Apple iPen [stylus]

When he introduced iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs mocked the idea of a stylus or, as it has become known, the Apple iPen. And, he was [mostly] right…
A stylus, right? We’re gonna use a stylus! No… Who wants a stylus? You have to get ’em, put ’em away and you lose ’em… Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus .

That said, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued the Apple iPen patent on the last patent day of 2014. Of course, just because an Apple iPen exists and has been patent, doesn’t mean the company will sell an Apple iPen, ever.

It’s worth nothing, however, that Steve Jobs quite famously changed his mind — proof of a great mind — including video iPods, 7-inch tablets and a host of other products he original derided and thought stupid.

What’s your take? Is Steve Jobs up in heaven nodding his ascent or he spinning furiously in his grave?

Inquiring minds want to know…

Via: Full Time


3 COMMENTS

  1. This is the Apple Pen. It is NOT a stylus.

    And Steve isn’t spinning in his grave. He is very satisfied with how Apple is doing.
    As he told Tim – don’t think of what I want to do, do what is right for Apple.

    In regard to styluses, Steve absolutely did not disagree with the use of them. For example, some disabled people need them. It is just that they aren’t needed with the iPhone for the vast majority of people.

  2. A pen is a stylus for writing, you’re making distinction where non exists in natural.

  3. I’ve always thought that Steve Jobs’ comment regarding the stylus was taken out of context. The context being at the time that most touch devices (like my old HP iPaq) required a stylus for everything. I doubt that he would have argued against a stylus for specialized uses.

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