If reports are to be believed, Apple could finally launch iPhones with Apple Pencil support soon, which goes against Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ preference to include a stylus with the iPhone.
Jobs was famously quoted for saying: “if you see a stylus, they blew it.” He said this to attack phones that already support stylus pens in 2007. During those times, the stylus were being used in place of finger input, not just as a complement for tasks like taking down notes, doodling, drawing and sketching.
Industry sources speaking to The Korea Herald were quoted as saying that Apple engineers “have recently been working on a new iPhone device that comes with a digital pen.”
Apple is reportedly looking at a potential launch in 2019 or later if the rumors come to fruition.
MacRumors reported, citing one of the sources on the matter for Korean publication The Investor, that Apple is already in talks with a pair of stylus makers for a potential partnership.
Meanwhile, other sources have claimed that the Cupertino-based tech company would likely go with a supercapacitor stylus instead of an EMR (electro-magnetic resonance) model. This means, there will be a need for Apple to upgrade it’s a-series processors to accommodate the planned handwriting support.
Samsung’s very popular Galaxy Note series and the Note 7 all come with a small stylus that tucks away inside a compartment. Given the greater internal space in the 5.8-inch iPhone X and rumors of a future 6.46-inch format, Apple could simply adopt a similar strategy.
Currently, Apple Pencil only works with iPad Pros. The stylus currently in use may be too large for iPhones.