Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil?

Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil?
Reports are flying left and right that Apple's new 2018 crop, or at least the largest one of it, will include support for the Apple Pencil stylus that can now predominantly be found chillaxing on top of an iPad Pro. Granted, the largest iPhone XS Plus is expected to sport a giant 6.46" display, which would make it the iPhone with the largest screen ever. 

If it will be about the size of the stylus-laden Note 9, there might be some sense to include a stylus support for those who want it. Still, if the Note line taught us anything it's that its S-Pen usage is quite the niche undertaking, and not even Note users whip the integrated S-Pen out on a regular basis, let alone if it were some separate thingy.

It remains to be seen how the new connected S-Pen fares on the Note 9, but we'd wager to guess it will see only slightly more usage than the one on the Note 8. Granted, Apple may have thought of other applications for a phone stylus, but given how far ahead Samsung is in that regard, we'd be surprised if it seriously considers sophisticated stylus abilities for its upcoming handsets. Thus, we wanted to ask you whether you would even care about Apple Pencil support on iPhones?

Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil?

Depends on what Apple does with it



1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This should have been done since they created 6+

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The Apple Pencil didn't even exist when the 6+ launched

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Like he said, they should have done it with the 6+. In other words, it could have exist then.

2. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

How is this a useful feature? Not only do you have to carry an extra device in order to use it, you also have to individually charge the pen. Oh, and it's an additional $100.

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 711; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think that it would only make sense if Apple does it like Samsung. A small pen integrated into the device.

12. djorn2k

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Oh! No. You didn't go there. All the apple fans are going to denied they copied something from Samsung.

30. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

I didn't realize Samsung invented the stylus... That's news to me. I seem to recall Apple using a stylus with their Newton product in the early 90's, before the Palm Pilot even. I guess that was my imagination.

32. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Samsung didn't invent the stylus but Apple is copying Samsung Note with larger screen sizes and now even the pen. Sooner or later iphone + or pro will have an integrated pen like the Note. Mark my words.

35. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Oh! No someone mentioned Apple fans. How creative.

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I hope only people that are goons but this vote. Or atliest like the iPhone. So it can be something usfull

4. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Its less to do about extra spending and more to do with carrying another product which is useless aside from using on your iPhone. I will not want to carry the pencil separately in my pocket.

22. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Put it behind your ear

5. Tythas

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Big tallies for the 'no' column. I actually like the idea of using the pencil on an iPhone, especially a larger one. I've wanted the feature on iOS since the Apple Pencil came out.

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

It may be an optional. I have ipad pro with pencil so its a good thing i can use it to iphone in some cases.

11. djorn2k

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Do you carry your ipad everywhere? How often do you see yourself doing that?

8. gigicoaste

Posts: 461; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I might be interested of is correctly implemented, not to wear the pen in the pocket and to not cost additionally.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If iOS were to improve in functionality to meet my needs and the pencil was smaller and preferably not carried separately I would consider it.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Just get a Note. It's already been done right. Why want the limited and non-improved costlier version?

31. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

No, if you're going to do a stylus it should be done right. Samsung includes a small stylus with their phone, but there is nothing special about it and it's not done "right". You're not going to get the kind of pressure sensitivity and tilt controls as you'd get with an Apple Pencil and it surely doesn't have the latency on par with an Apple Pencil. There are trade-offs with the sizes of stylus' etc.

13. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Who is really going to want to carry that around with their phone. If it doesn't store in the phone like the note then it is just foolish. I honestly never used the s-pen either. Steve Jobs was right when he said you don't need a stylus with a phone.

14. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well said.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No he wasn't right. Some people use their S-pen so just because you didn't (if you really even had one) doesn't mean other don't. I bet there are a lot of apple fans that would make use of the pen on their phone. I do think apple should make a smaller pen for it at least and a case that would also hold it.

21. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I had a Note 8 and it was a fantastic phone. I don't belong to the this brand sucks that brand sucks group. Samsung makes fantastic phones and so does apple. I do actually see one thing I would use the s-pen for on the note 9 and that is the remote shutter for the camera. That would be useful. I just never saw myself writing on the screen. I had fun playing with it when I got the phone but didn't take long before I just didn't use it. That being said I'm not a artist either. I'm not creating art. Maybe this group would use it more?? My problem with the apple pencil is it is $100 extra first off. Second it is huge. You are joking if you think people are going to carry that around with their phone. I'm sure someone would but most are going to pass. As I said above at least the S-pen stores in the phone so it is easy to bring with. Make a lot more sense.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Maybe you don't need a stylus. Some people find it useful. No you don't need a stylus with a phone. You also don't need a stereo in your car. You also don't need two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs or 10 fingers to live. But doesn't having all of that make life better? The stylus improves certain functions with a phone. Its not the point of need. Its the point of having the choice to want if "I" feel I need it.

29. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Bad analogies. Unless you are hearing impaired, stereo speakers in your car benefits everyone. A stylus on a phone does not benefit everyone. At best, if benefits a very small and insignificant contingent of users. It's not even as if you're going to do any serious artwork on your phone. Just curious, what functions do you feel it improves on a phone. I spent a fair amount of time with the Note 4 years back and didn't come to that same conclusion.

38. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Techie, your arguments are always stupid. Just find a life.

16. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

It should has really useful features and can insert in the phone like Samsung Note phones otherwise I don't need it and I don't need iPhone at all

17. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yes but I hope they make some interesting features and makes smaller pencil!

18. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Pencil support on a phone sized device is pretty useless, regardless of which vendor promotes it. It's fine to have the capability, but it really isn't a selling point.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It is a selling point. I buy the note for the S-pen and it's features, I use it all the time.

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