An Apple Stylus for Creative Professionals

Rumor has it that Apple will make available a stylus pen primarily intended for an iPad Pro device, or some such model of iPad. The idea is that a stylus would make the iPad more powerful, because a pen is mightier than the fingertip.

Maybe Apple will make one, but the idea is a good idea in any case. Fingerpainting isn’t nearly as attractive or detailed as pen and pencil art. You can do more with a long, pointy tool than you can with the blunt, wide tip of a finger. Our index fingers will never be proper instruments for writing or illustrating on the scale of an iPad’s screen. The tip of a stylus offers a precise point of contact we cannot see around the end of our fingers.

The good news is that we don’t need to wait for Apple to give us a decent stylus. I use the Jot Pro by Adonit. This is a power user tool. It is pressure sensitive, has configurable buttons, charges via USB… It can do it all.

The stylus from Apple would probably distinguish itself with more simplicity than its competitors, but most styluses are simple to begin with. It might have a unique feature, but probably not one that eliminates the need for the competition. In fact, I would expect Apple’s stylus to be reminiscent of the Apple TV remote: incredibly small and limited.

One way it could surpass the competition would be with pressure sensitivity. Third party pens depend on their hardware’s built-in solution. The pressure sensitivity of the pen has to be supported by an app, or it will not work.

In theory, the Apple stylus would work no matter the app, because iOS would support it underneath the apps. Most of the time at Apple, software and hardware are made in tandem and keep each other in mind. So, the pressure sensitivity would work without a thought or care from the user. Their stylus might not even need to charge.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.