Originally Posted by Banyan Bruce
This did make me chuckle.... The real world can't afford to update kit with every whim and tremor of technology. A stylus is essential for so many jobs which the iPad could be capable of doing admirably, I can't understand why Apple haven't already made one charged us the Earth for it. The finger is great for making impressions in wet clay tablets but as a real, ACCURATE writing or sketching tool on an iPad, it's bloody useless.
The better analogy is Ctrl-Alt-Del. Why after 30 years is that the standard secret handshake with a tool? We got rid of chokes on cars (on some we got rid of keys), eliminated operators for dialing phone calls, but in 'rapidly advancing technology' we still require the most non-intutive clumsy way of literally acknowledging we need to start using this semi-prescient device?
Yet, you're going to tell me it's essential to the job of computing… almost EVERY job?
it's just a fancy stick, which we used 60,000 years ago to draw stuff. We only started using a stick because the ground and the rocks caused our fingers to get bloody. It took us 10,000s of thousands of years to perfect the drawing stick, and now you have a fancy stick that only works on a computer?
And the computer can feel my finger and allow me to do the same thing? Tell me again, why this stylus isn't a just a tremor of technology? If you feel you need one, then get one for yourself… I've got fingers, and I've got sticks… I don't need one for this computer.
To the point.
You have to learn how to use a stylus. Our brains are wired to use our fingers accurately… more accurately than keyboards or mice…
It's the reason my my dad uses an iPad, but couldn't use a PC… he couldn't type, couldn't do the remote hand/eye for the mouse, and a stylus… his handwriting is terrible (Yes, he is an MD)… He spent 8 years learning how to operate a scalpel and 40 years perfecting it, but couldn't write a legible clinical note, using a tool he spent 28 year prior as his primary communications tool. I know he couldn't use a stylus…
This is the key to the UI. It's as close to natural as you can get. Apple has 'doubled down' on that, speaking, shaking, touching.
To offer alternatives is to offer confusion. If you know you need it, you have after market options. If you don't Apple isn't trying to clog your brain with "Do I need RAID 0 or RAID 5 controllers for your SATA drivers on your iPad, and do you want a PS/2 or USB mouse… or are you going to use a Stylus?" They are all impediments to getting to the 'Purchase Now' button.
2 other nits in your discussion...
'Accurate Writing' has little to do with the device, but the story that's up in the head. (which leads me to Siri….as story tellers we are oral in tradition;-)
Accurate Sketching is a contradiction in terms. 'Sketch' is "a quick, rough drawing that shows the main features of an object or scene" (websters). I'll bet you most seasoned designers don't use a stylus when they sketch, why should common folk?