A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, relayed by MacRumors, predicts that Apple will release an optional stylus to accompany its rumored 122.2 – 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The stylus would likely be targeted at enterprise and creative users.
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.
Kuo doesn’t think that Apple will include the stylus with the iPad as it will drive its price too high.
“We don’t think all users will need a stylus initially. 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.”
It’s suggested that the stylus would be charged via a Lightning connector as a wireless charging solution would be too costly. The initial stylus likely won’t have a gyroscope accelerometer but future models could add this feature for “3D handwriting”, letting users write on other surfaces and in the air.