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Is the Apple Pencil stylus the most un-Steve-Jobs thing Cook has done?

Shweta Sengar | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:22 IST

In 2007, at the initial iPhone reveal, Steve Jobs famously said, "Who wants a stylus? You have to get em', put em' away. You lose them. Yuck."

Well, it seems that now some people do want a stylus as they have visibly improved alongside the product they are used with.

At the most-awaited event of the year on 9 September, Apple marketing chief Phill Schiller announced that Apple's new stylus will be called Apple Pencil. While the announcement led to much laughter, Apple broke its own taboo.

Apple iPad Pro

The internet wasn't late enough to respond and among all the jabs, one came from Grand Slam supplier Denny's, which announced its "Toothpick" product alongside the tagline "your teeth, performing at full potential".

When Apple launch the iPhone, it was one of the first phones to sport and popularise a capacitive touch screen. It was the first time people saw and experienced features like pinch to zoom-in and zoom-out.

Capacitive touchscreens were the beginning of a new era

In 2007, touchscreen phones were entirely dependent on styluses or simply put, pencil-like tools.

"If you see a stylus, they blew it," Jobs had said.

Steve Jobs

Jobs did not stop there. He went on to say, "We're gonna use the best pointing device in the world[.] We're gonna use our fingers."

As soon as the Schiller made the announcement about the Apple Pencil, the internet was flooded with the 2007 video of Steve Jobs ruling out the necessity of a stylus. Many took to Twitter as well.

Tim Cook might have shown an aluminum middle-finger to the infamous words of Steve Jobs. It also shows how confident Apple is in their own leadership to ignore what Jobs said once.

So, is it really that bad?

Keeping aside the general scorn for the device, the Apple Pencil isn't that bad a device. It is as interesting as any other device Apple has launched so far. It is equipped with two sensors at the tip which helps in detecting different types of touch. It detects force (without actual Force Touch technology or as Apple dubbed it - 3D touch). It also calculates the tilt of the stylus. The screen of iPad Pro is re-engineered to identify the different types of touch by the stylus.

Interestingly, it scans twice as often when the Pencil touches the screen, capturing more points and precision.

Apple Stylus-Pencil

Another storming innovation is the way Apple Pencil charges itself. It charges via a built-in lightning connector that plugs itself right in to the tablet.

Surprisingly, the peripheral Apple just introduced doesn't come easy on the pocket. The Apple Pencil will cost US $99, as soon as it goes on sale. As Apple iPad Pro is best suited for professionals, it becomes a necessity for them if they plan to compete in terms of business of design and engineering.

First published: 10 September 2015, 11:32 IST
Shweta Sengar @ShwetaSengar

Shweta covers Science & Technology for Catch Live at Catch News, scouring the Internet to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. A foodie, photography enthusiast and globetrotter, she has also worked at The Economic Times before joining the Catch team. She studied Commerce at Kanpur University and has a PGD in Advanced Journalism from YMCA, New Delhi.