Steve Jobs in April 2010:
Q: How do you close applications when multitasking?
A: (Scott Forstall) You don’t have to. The user just uses things and doesn’t ever have to worry about it.
A: (Steve Jobs) It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager… they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it.
Given the above, one of this week’s top iPad rumors is a heck of a strange one to see. As Apple Insider reports that an Apple analyst with a solid reputation, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, is predicting that Apple will offer a stylus this year for the heavily-rumored, 12.x inch iPad Pro:
In a report obtained on Sunday by AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”
“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”
Strange as this rumor may be on the face of it, Apple have a bit of a track record for bringing out products that Steve Jobs has previously had nothing but contempt for. Heck, the iPad mini is a prime example of just that. So I won’t be shocked to see a stylus as an iPad Pro companion at some point this year.
The big question will be if the stylus is any good. I honestly haven’t seen any stylus for a mobile device that has really grabbed me since way back in the days of Windows Mobile.