2018 iPhones May Not Support the Apple Pencil After All

What Will Apple Call Its 2018 iPhones?

The 2018 iPhone lineup may be announced on Wednesday, September 12. Some of the rumors have suggested we could (finally) see Apple Pencil support arrive with them for the smartphones.

However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on the subject, and it’s not good news for anyone looking forward to that particular feature support. According to Kuo, Apple will not be bringing Apple Pencil support to any of the iPhones the company plans on launching this year. The reason for the decision, according to Kuo, is that Apple Pencil support does not offer a “good user experience”.

Meanwhile, Kuo’s latest investor note has a lot to unpack. The analyst believes Apple will indeed announce the new iPhones the week of September 9, which would line up with the past rumors and expectations. September 14, which is a Friday, has been suggested as the pre-order date for the new handsets, meaning a September 12 reveal would certainly make sense.

Kuo weighs in on the dual-SIM possibilities of the 6.1-inch iPhone and the iPhone X Plus (that may not be called Plus), saying Apple will indeed include the feature for some markets. That particular suggestion would fall in line with a rumor from earlier today. Meanwhile, Kuo does not believe the iPhone X successor with its 5.8-inch OLED display will have dual-SIM support, but it may have an e-SIM feature, along with the physical SIM card — but Kuo believes it’s also possible Apple doesn’t activate the e-SIM feature.

Kuo also included a chart of what he expects the specs of each model to be. Interestingly, Kuo believes the 6.1-inch iPhone will feature Apple’s upcoming A12 processor, along with the two other models. The low-cost iPhone will reportedly have 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone X successor and 6.5-inch iPhone will have 4GB of RAM. Apple will also be adding a 512GB option to the two high-end iPhone models this year, with the 6.1-inch iPhone offering 64GB and 256GB options.

Here’s the chart itself:

Apple's rumored specs for the 2018 iPhone lineup

The rumors are starting to line up. We can basically expect a pair of cameras on the back of both high-end iPhone models, and a single rear camera on the 6.1-inch model. Face ID should become the standard in 2018, with all three iPhones supporting the feature, along with the new iPad Pro models with minimized bezels and no Home button.

One other thing to note: Kuo believes that the two high-end iPhone models will launch in September, but that the 6.1-inch iPhone may ship at a later date, due to “production issues”.

Our Take

Considering that we are probably only two weeks away from Apple announcing the newest iPhone lineup, these rumors are going to start sounding very familiar. Based on what you’ve heard so far, which iPhone model do you plan on upgrading to this year?

[via MacRumors]