Apple had a big event today, they announced the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus along with some news for their smartwatch and their TV set-top box and they even unveiled a larger tablet called iPad Pro. They really dedicated a lot of time demoing the new technology and as the tablet market is still declining, they focused on productivity on the new enlarged tablet. Some accessories were announced for the iPad Pro, including a cover that includes a physical keyboard and a stylus pen, called the Apple Pencil. It is supposed to have various sensitivity points to recognize the pressure applied into the surface and even the angles of inclination to create different effects on the digital screen. This is the first time Apple creates a stylus for one of their iOS devices, as Steve Jobs considered them useless at the time the first iPhone was introduced back at 2007.
Samsung took a different approach with the introduction of the Galaxy Note in 2011, as the device not only included a stylus called the S-Pen, but it was a device with a screen that was considered unnecessarily large by Apple. At 5.3 inches in its diagonal, we wouldn’t consider it particularly large by today’s standards. Even Apple released an iPhone with a 5.5-inch screen last year, so we know that Samsung succeeded with their vision. Now, Samsung UK in their official Twitter account has shared a message that reads “Ummm… S-Pen #SoundsFamiliar”, this is, of course, referencing the $99 pencil that was just announced from Apple.
The approach is quite similar if you think of it, both are devices meant to feel like tools that have been used to write for a very long time, but one is targeted towards a 12.9-inch screen and the other, at a more pocket-sized 5.7-inch screen on the latest Galaxy Note 5, so one is more compact than the other. Both have pressure sensitivity built in and are meant to make annotations digitally, but the software on the Note 5 has been optimized and even lets users use it without unlocking their phones. While the Note series is often associated to the word “phablet”, let’s remember that the Note series has come in many sizes including some tablets with screens that go all the way up to 12.2 inches and every single one of them has included the S-Pen. Could we expect an iPhone with an integrated stylus some day?