Apple might be planning to bring Aperture, its professional photo editing tool, to the iPad, a patent has indicated.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for using Aperture on touch enabled devices. Judging by the drawings on the patent, Apple plans to launch the application for the iPad and future touch enabled Mac desktops and laptops.
The patent filing also indicates that users will be able to use the application with a special pen or stylus, offering higher control over the editing process. It indicates that Apple is either planning to introduce a stylus for the iPad, which runs contrary to the company’s statements that you don’t require a stylus when you have a touch screen.
The other possibility is that the company might launch a stylus for Mac desktops and laptops. The latter sounds much more real. Perhaps one might see Apple making some related announcements at the World Wide Developer Conference. Indeed, Apple said that Mac OS X Lion will bring Mac closer to the iPad.
According to Patently Apple, the patent was filed in the fourth quarter of 2009. The company names Nikhil Bhatt, Mark Kawano and Craig Milito as the inventors of the technology.