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Apple Working On iPhone, iPad Stylus

It seems that Apple is interested in providing an enhanced way for its users to interact with their devices, as two newly discovered Apple patents reveal. According to reports, the Cupertino-based firm filed a patent a couple of days ago for a “haptic input device”.

The patent describes “an input device capable of generating haptic feedback may help a user navigate content displayed on the screen, and may further serve to enhance the content of various applications by creating a more appealing and realistic user interface.”

Apple’s future stylus could provide feedback to the user by force, vibration or motion, according to the input received from the iOS device. The second accessory that Apple developed for iPhone and iPad users, called the Optical Stylus, uses a camera pressure sensor.

The optical stylus is designed to capture images from the touch screen of iOS devices which then transmits the image to a host system, explained the patent filing.

To date, a few companies have excelled in developing accessories for iPads and iPhones, with some of them specifically focused on providing the best possible accompaniment for the iPad. Apple, however, doesn’t intend to let third party agencies have their way on its turf.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.