Apple can now give its iPad a patented stylus, a tool that late founder Steve Jobs loathed. Regardless of its past, Apple hopes the new stylus will create new buzz and sales for its flounder iPad.
Apple Insider first reported the patent given on Dec. 30 and describes a "pen computing" tool. The patent was first filed in 2010.
A stylus was often used for personal devices such as the PalmPilot of Apple's Newton in the 1990s, but by 2007, Jobs was disgusted with the idea of using one, according to VentureBeat. "Who wants a stylus?" Jobs said at Macworld. "You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em, yuck. Nobody wants a stylus."