Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Will the next iPad use a stylus pen?

The current iPad only has a capacitive touch screen, so it really doesn't accommodate a stylus pen that uses input technology developed by Wacom or N-Trig. Some of the other slate tablets developed by HP, Fujitsu, Motion Computing, HTC, and others are employing both a capacitive multi-touch screen along with an N-Trig digitizer that allows you to draw and write on the screen with high precision. The current HP Slate 500 is an example of a device that allows input via touch plus N-trig digitizer. The HTC Flyer is another example.

Will the next Apple iPad incorporate similar technology? Is the demand for "inking" growing among tablet PC users, or is touch input and navigation sufficient? I'm a big fan of digitizers and inking because I've been a tablet PC user for many years. Some of the first tablet PCs were using digitizer technology made by Wacom and Wacom continues to power tablet PCs made by HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, and others.

Will the next iPad include an active digitizer?

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