Industry sources speaking to The Korea Herald claim that Apple is mulling launching an iPhone compatible with Apple Pencil in 2019. The Cupertino company is reportedly working on a new “digital pen” which will support the new iPhone and is targeting a 2019 launch.
Right now, Apple’s digital stylus — the Apple Pencil — only works with its iPad Pro lineup of devices. For this new iPhone though, Apple is working on a “supercapacitor” type stylus so as to keep costs down. This is different from the electromagnetic resonance technology used by Samsung on the S-Pen for its Note lineup of devices.
“Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019,” an industry source told The Investor on condition of anonymity. “It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”
In addition to the new stylus, Apple will also be upgrading its A-series chipset to help improve their handwriting recognition capabilities. Interestingly, the source says that Apple had to compromise on the “touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset.” It is not clear what the source meant by this but it is possible that Apple was planning on including advanced handwriting recognition technology on the iPhone X but had to give up on the idea due to the recognition technology on the A11 Bionic chipset not being up to the mark.
While uncorroborated, it is interesting to see Apple even think about adding Apple Pencil support to the iPhone. The company’s founder and ex-CEO Steve Jobs hatred for a stylus for the iPhone was widely known which also acted as a key motivator for the company to improve iOS before its launch with the original iPhone. Apple does not refer to the Apple Pencil as a stylus and instead calls it a Pencil. The Apple Pencil is primarily meant for artists and creators and allows them to easily draw and express their creativity using their iPad Pro.
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