The problem is that this idea shouldn't be taken to its logical extreme. Steve Jobs’ phrase "If they include a stylus, they did it wrong"—or was that Bob Marley?—is analogous to "If your website requires a keyboard, it's broken". That is, it's a good design principle but you obviously don't want to apply it when the user wants to enter text (in your website) or scribble a note (in your tablet app).
So insofar this article points out that it's easier to write notes using a stylus than using a finger, it's kicking in a wide-open door.
But I'm not convinced that it's easier to use a stylus than a finger to tap buttons.
Unfortunately this article doesn't go into this issue. In fact, it unnecessarily obscures it: "Try taking a screenshot, scribble some notes on that, and email it. Do it on a touch-only device, and then try it on the Note II. You will see the difference."
Mind you, I would love it if the iPad had support for styluses. I can definitely think of an application or two that would benefit! What I don't want, though, is to end up wondering where I put my stylus all the time.
I have an stylus based ereader. It is great to get some document and make notes all over it. For example, it is great to put a circuit diagram in it, and then redraw lines, add parts, draw arrows, etc. It feels like paper, except that it's slower and easier to erase.
You don't get that with a keyboard.
Sounds like an app in the making: stylus finder. Have it draw a big arrow on the screen to point you in the direction of the stylus.
They know very well that they have a ton of artists using iPads in their userbase, and a lot of drawing apps, too. I don't think they have a good reason for not making active digitizer pens for their iPad other than the fact that they don't want to seem like hypocrites after Steve Jobs' comment. But hey - it's already too late for that. They've already made a 7" tablet, too - so they are hypocrites - and might as well do this, too.
I think we'll see Samsung expand on the pen idea in the coming year (rumors point to Galaxy S4 having a stylus, too), and I intend to buy a next-gen Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet next year, as well as recommend one for a fashion designer friend. I wish they were Google-blessed Nexus devices, so I don't have to deal with the Samsung-only custom apps for the S-pen, but it doesn't look like Google cares too much about active digitizer pens right now, and Samsung's Note devices and their S-pen are currently the best on the market for this.
It's 'good art' precisely because the artist is so hindered by the iPad.
The stylus does have some lag to it and you have to get used to not seeing your writing show up immediately. When you see your writing hasn't showed up yet you tend to stop or slow down which isn't necessary, just keep writing and trust it will show up. I know that sounds terrible but it's really not.
Which is of course why the iPhone was so brilliant. Current stylus technology still can't create a paper-like, pleasant writing experience, while capacitive touchscreen technology can create a pretty good direct manipulation experience. People aren't going to commit to getting over the learning curve after the unpleasant in store experience just because of the theoretical advantages of the stylus.
I'm used to the textured feel of paper and the pleasant friction b/w the pen and paper when writing on it. On glass, it just slips...
However, I guess that's just something of a habit. Maybe for future generations, brought up with touchscreen enabled laptops, it will feel more natural.
I thought power steering was still hydraulic. Are you saying we have "fly by wire" cars?
Touch always felt like a blunt instrument to me, and blind because my finger hides what my finger is touching.
Can think of a certain company crossing its fingers, hoping to hear this statement repeated oft in 2013... what with the impending release of the Surface Pro
Using a stylus is better for drawing and browsing, but typing is still much faster with fingers. Since using an iPad involves a lot of typing and it's pushed as a communication device, I guess that is why Apple don't push the stylus.
That's a pretty common usecase. Common enough for a whole class of apps such as Skitch etc.
Nothing is easier with touch. Why'd you'd need a stylus for that?!!!
I do use a stylus sometimes with the iPad but for things like painting.
Surely not for Skitch.
Also, when Jobs did his big reveal, many stylus-based devices had awful resistive screens ("awful" and "resistive" both being descriptive of the screen -- resistive can be good). That's what the accuracy comment was aimed at.
Errr.... yes? I assume you meant that as some sort of bizarre out-there statement that was obviously wrong, but I don't think it is. I'm seeing more of the keyboard covers in my local iPad users set and I doubt they are going to be an aberration for long.
This only matters if such a multi-step flow is a large human need. I'm not sure it is.