Report: iPhone 11 to Support Apple Pencil

Citi Research has published a report that details list of new features set to arrive with 2019 iPhones. The report claims that iPhone 11 will support Apple Pencil. List of features included an item that read “support for iPhone pencil/stylus.”

The Apple Pencil debuted in 2015 alongside first-generation iPad Pro. As of now, Apple sells two versions of Apple Pencil. One is the older while the other is the newer version that works with new iPad Air, iPad sixth-gen, and iPad Air. In 2018 similar reports about iPhones supporting Apple Pencil surfaced, however, they were untrue. Furthermore, the report also mentioned Apple Pencil support will only be launched if Apple launches a bigger iPhone. We are not sure if Kuo meant an iPhone larger than the XS Max.

Apple Pencil supports all the iPad’s including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. That being said, the Apple Pencil support for iPhones might come at a later stage and 2019 iPhones may not get the feature.

The rumor mills have been predicting three iPhones this year, similar to last year. There is no confirmation as to what Apple will call the new devices. Major highlights of the upcoming iPhone include triple-rear camera setup, a bigger camera bump, A13 chip, better display, improved FaceID, upgraded 12-megapixel selfie camera and support for Gigabit LTE.

Our Take

I have used styluses on yesteryears devices like Palm and recently on the Galaxy Note. The Stylus or Pen was quickly replaced by scrolling, pinching and other touch gestures on a capacitive touch screen. However, Samsung has managed to retain the demand for smartphones with a stylus. Some of the features like Quick Notes on Galaxy Note series is a great way to jot down stuff without relying on a pen and a paper.

We are pretty sure that Apple will find innovative and utilitarian uses for the Apple Pencil on iPhone. However, the support for Apple Pencil might not arrive on 2019 iPhones. Did you ever feel the need for Apple Pencil while using iPhone? Let us know in the comments below.

[via Business Insiders]