According to a renowned analyst, Apple is definitely planning to lift the lid on the iPad Pro, an iPad sporting a 12.9-inch screen. Additionally, he says that this larger iPad will have an “optional accessory,” a stylus.
The news comes to us courtesy of AppleInsider, who obtained a note to investors by KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has proven to be right on the button when predicting anything Apple-related. The image you see above shows one of the patents recently granted to Apple, illustrating a stylus used on an iPad.
Kuo writes, “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. Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”
Why will the stylus be an “optional accessory?” According to Kuo, “Coupled with its unfavorable cost structure, high selling prices may turn consumers off if the 12.9-inch iPad is always bundled with it. We therefore expect the stylus to be an optional accessory before sufficient user feedback is received.”
Speaking about the stylus, Kuo says that it will be fairly basic. He writes, “The addition of a gyroscope accelerometer to a stylus allows users to write not only on the display, but also on other hard surfaces and even in the air. While this is a fantastic application for a stylus, we think the required software and hardware is not fully developed yet. Hence, we don’t expect Apple’s stylus to support 3D handwriting in 2015.”
Although Kuo believes that the stylus will be launched this year, he doesn’t believe that it will generate a boost in sales of the larger iPad. He writes, “We don’t foresee significant sales of an optional stylus in 2015 and forecast unit shipments of 2-2.5 million. But we believe that the stylus could improve the experience of users, however, and will likely help Apple develop specific customer groups such as the corporate sector and educational institutions.”
Regardless of Kuo’s reputation for being accurate, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.
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