So warned Steve Jobs at an Apple press event in 2010. Fast-forward to 2015, and (one of) Apple’s next-big-things is… a stylus.
Or is it? Back in 2010, a stylus couldn’t do much more than swipe, click, drag and draw some rudimentary lines. By contrast, the Apple Pencil — which was made available for purchase November 2015 — could be more like a magic wand. When applied to the extra-large 12.9-inch iPad Pro (released at the same time), the Apple Pencil will be able to make its mark on every one of the iPad Pro’s 5.6 million pixels.
The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil represent Apple’s initiative to push its tablet into the enterprise, a space where the Microsoft Surface Pro has been playing with little competition since its release in 2013. Indeed, the iPad is no longer just for content consumption; it’s now for the content creators as well.
But what about those who create more than content? What about the creators of bridges, microchips, prosthetics, warehouse mezzanine systems and packaging solutions? Will engineers use the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro? That will depend on the engineer.
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