But Apple is not infallible. It’s changed its mind on myriad stances over the years to align themselves with what consumers are after—and what Jobs hated.

Jobs once said that “no-one’s going to buy” a big phone. Apple has since started selling larger iPhones—including the supermassive 6 Plus—all of which sold quite well. Around the same time, Steve Jobs said that smaller iPads wouldn’t happen. A year after he passed away, Apple introduced the iPad Mini.

Apple tends to wait to bring a product to the market until it’s seen there’s demand for one. The Samsung Galaxy Note range of phablets has consistently been some of Samsung’s bestselling phones, and they are shipped with styluses. And FiftyThree’s Paper—the sketching app for the iPad that won an Apple design award in 2012—has its own chunky stylus, which sells for a very Apple-like price.

This is all assuming Apple is building a stylus at all, or a larger iPad. Apple, of course, declined to comment.  It wouldn’t be Apple’s first foray into tablets with styluses, either. The low-selling Newton MessagePad of the Nineties, Apple’s first touchscreen device, came with a stylus. One of the reasons it didn’t take off: the tablet didn’t do a great job of recognizing handwriting written with the stylus.

But the timing feels right for the Cupertino giant to re-enter the market. Apple entered the wearables game a year after Google, and Microsoft has a stylus out for its Surface tablets. If Apple can turn these patents into something that adds value beyond what others are doing, it may be touching on something big.

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