Patents Show Apple Pencil Working With iPhone, More Apps

The Apple Pencil is a versatile accessory, but, unfortunately, it only works with the iPad Pro lineup at the moment.

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 7, a comment made by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, raised expectations that the company’s stylus could end up working with the flagship smartphone. Or even just the Plus variant, with its extra screen real estate. However, that didn’t end up being the case, but the desire to see that support is still out there for many.

As discovered by Patently Apple, patents may hint at Apple working on support. The patents suggest that Apple is working on building in support so iPhones can use the Apple Pencil. But on top of that, the patents also suggest that it could work with other devices: laptops like MacBooks.

“Apple notes that some electronic devices use a stylus associated with the device to provide additional methods of input to a touch-sensitive display of the device. For example, some cellular phones, laptops, and tablets have the capability to receive inputs from a stylus.”

Unfortunately it doesn’t go into much more depth than that.

The patents also indicate that the Apple Pencil will gain support from just the stock Notes app, and shows how the stylus could be used to work within the iMovie app.

It would certainly be good news to see the Pencil get more support from Apple’s built-in apps.

[via Patently Apple]