Apple Pencil on iPhones? Nah (poll results)

Apple Pencil on iPhones? Nah (poll results)
We asked you last week if you would care about Apple Pencil support on iPhones, given the abundance of rumors that point in that direction lately. After all, 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. 

Still, 37% of our 1189 respondents are willing to give Apple the benefit of the doubt, and see what it does with the eventual Pencil on iPhone conundrum. Another 23% are convinced Apple will make something useful out of an iPhone stylus from the get-go, while a full 50% don't care for the eventual arrival of Apple's Pencil on the smallish iPhone screen.

Apple's new 2018 crop, or at least the largest unit in it, may 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 on average. 

Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil?

Yes
22.72%
No
50.3%
Depends on what Apple does with it
26.98%

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11 Comments

1. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Man if really Apple add the pencil support for iPhone it would be the biggest slap in the face for Steve jobs yet honestly " Who wants a styles yuck "

3. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wrong, Steve comment was about using screen all the time with the pen, which is totally different thing than using it for very rare situations.

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I like a stylus. However Apples pencil is longer than their iPhones. Plus you have to carry it separately and charge it separately. No thank you.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Maybe the poll is kinda misleading or the voters misunderstood it. I guess the 50% of voters who said "No", meant that they don't care about iPhone even if Apple makes compatible Apple Pencil for it, cause they don't think it will match note line, so it wouldn't be a real incentive to buy it or to consider it for this. You read it as these voters don't care about this feature as they would purchase an iPhone or consider it nonetheless.

4. xevion

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

I really don't care about a pen for my iPhone. And I don't think I will use it.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While I have 0 interest in a Note, Samsung provides a place in the phone to actually store the stylus (not unlike all the old Windows Mobile phones from the mid 2000s). If Apple doesn't provide a place for users to store the iPencil, it's just something that will get lost, or never used because it's too much hassle to carry around. I'm sure case manufacturers will come up with something, but it would be better for Apple to provide a slot for the pencil.

6. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

I don't think people want it to be a part of normal operations of the phone. If the question was included for simple but critical things like mobile document signature, then it has value. People rarely use that feature now, but it's because it's been a complicated, multi-step process. If Apple runs a commercial showing a call (or group FaceTime) and quick signature(s), people will be in for it big time.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Stylus on phones is a holdover from the old PDA days, much like that trackball they used to have.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell yez, sorely needed. The iPhone iz so one dimensional az it iz. No picture in picture, no split screen, no tap to note, no themez, at least give it Pencil support...geez(z).

10. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What about the squeezable sidez, lolz

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t own a phone with squeezable sides, but I do own an X, that lacks all the features I listed, lolz

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