A woman holds up an iPad with the iTunes U app after a news conference introducing a digital textbook service in New York in this January 19, 2012.
Photograph by Shannon Stapleton — Reuters
By Benjamin Snyder
August 7, 2015

Apple has apparently been working on a stylus for its iPads for a while. In fact, Business Insider reported that the tech company has developed multiple prototypes for the iPad accessory, although one has never been sold.

The article cited a former Apple employee as knowledgeable of the accessory. The item has apparently been worked on over the last four years, according to the engineer.

If the item did ever come to market, it’s likely that the device would become more useful on the job, according to analysts.

Per Mashable:

This is the latest in a long string of rumors that Apple is producing a stylus to make the iPad handier for work. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong record predicting the company’s moves, has long said Apple would deliver a stylus to go with a larger screened iPad focused on productivity.

One potential reason for why Apple has yet to produce the item? The late CEO Steve Jobs hated them:

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