They've had a few slips here and there. Aside from dabbling with N-trig for a short bit, in the Pre-iPad Tablet Age, they did put our a few Tablet PCs without Active digitizer's, and instead provided a simple Resistive stylus. However those non active & N-trig options were almost always limited to smaller size tablets with 10 inch screens and smaller (Anyone remember the little tablet that could, the U1010). Given how vast and long there product line is, I'm sure there have been a few more here and there without EMR.....but this is the first (first in recent history anyway) 12-incher not to pack EMR. I'd blame the iPad Pro for making Bigger tablets the "in" thing again. Its like collectively the standards for a 12 inch device just dropped.