Apple to steal Galaxy Note 9's thunder with Apple Pencil support for 2018 iPhones

Apple to steal Galaxy Note 9's thunder with Apple Pencil support for 2018 iPhones
Samsung is the only company who's managed to successfully integrate a stylus into a modern smartphone. First launched in 2011, the S Pen has since become a staple of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. In fact, it is what makes a Note phone a Note. So, naturally, Apple may now be on track to steal some of Samsung's thunder with Apple Pencil support for future iPhone models.

A new report by TrendForce claims that 2018 OLED iPhone models will boast support for the stylus pen. It's debatable how usable it would be on the 5.8" model, but it could be nice to have on the 6.5" version.

There have been reports about such functionality coming to iPhones dating back to as early as 2016, so there may be merit in the new report, but it should still be taken with a grain of salt. Our main problem with this piece of information is that it makes no mention of a new and redesigned Apple Pencil, and instead claims that the existing version will be compatible with 2018 OLED iPhone models.

The problem with that? Well, the Apple Pencil is quite big. It's like a normal pen, which is perfectly fine when working on an iPad, but carrying it around in your pocket to use on an iPhone seems cumbersome and redundant. Samsung has that nailed down with the S Pen that slides into the device itself, but we're seriously doubting that Apple will do anything of the sort with this year's iPhone lineup.

On a different note, TrendForce's latest report also suggests that 2018 iPhones will come in three storage tiers – 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. As per the report, the more affordable, LCD iPhone model may be available in 64GB and 256GB, while the 512GB tier may be reserved for the more premium, OLED models. The more expensive iPhones are also expected to sport 4GB of RAM, while the LCD model will have 3GB.

According to TrendForce, the LCD iPhone could start from $699, though the report gives an estimated range of $699-749. The OLED models, on the other hand, are expected to start from the $899-949 range.

source: TrendForce

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106 Comments

1. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Copycat apple , Samsung is the only brand who never follows the notch trend and finally apple realize that Samsung is going to be a new trendsetter so follow him and add support of apple pencil into the phone.

3. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What are you talking about? trendsetter? :D Samsung doesn't matter anymore, samsung got boring, people are buying other choices more and more. And very vew cares stylus support for phones, i seriously doesn't know anyone who use pen with their phone, not even Note users.

9. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Unless Apple adds something to their existing pencils, then it doesn't work with older iPhones, period. This is more wind from PhoneArena.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung is indeed a trend setter, not just to the level of Apple, but they are.

138. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Your statement might be correct 5 years ago. Now? It's the opposite.

156. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Totally agree. First apple copied Samsung's large screen size and now they're copying the s-pen. Yet people are still dumb enough to support apple.

17. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

You seriously doesn't know because you guys never use the S Pen and doesn't know what are the use of S Pen and how productive it is but next month you guys are going to say this " Ohh God look how I love to use Pencil on my iPhone , it's so innovative so fun to use it on a phone, thank you apple for giving us 8 year old tech into 2018's iPhone :D

97. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

A stylus is older than the Note, by at least another decade. remember older PDA, and early Windows Mobile and Palm devices all had a stylus. What made the Note stylus awesome is for one, it has a silo in the phone so you have a safe place to put it to prevent loss. It offers more than just writing/drawing and being a pointer. Works on more than just the Note. and you can buy any pen from WACOM and they all work with the Note out the box. I use a full sized pen with my Note because I prefer it over the included option. The S-Pen is nice for on the go.

23. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 300; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Samsung invented the iphone plus versions- remember jobs saying who needs bigger phones? Why did apple defy their own thinking and make bigger phones? Even the iphone x is 5.8 inches huh..all coz of the Samy's legend the Galaxy note.

32. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung was legend in being the first to copy iphone designs. Do you remember samsung phones before 2007? They have the courage to copy iphone that is why they are still breathing, but in time, chinese iphone knockoffs will bury them. And the only thing that people will remember about Samsung is their Note Exploding products.

36. cmdacos

Posts: 4331; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Thankfully Samsung didn't stay on that path. Meanwhile iPhone has the same UI from 10 years ago.

45. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

And that the same UI from 10 years ago is the reason why people keep on buying iphones. If it has the same UI as android or Samsung Touchsucks, then iphones would have the same fate as Galaxies not selling well. Meanwhile, Samsung executives are trying too hard to have their galaxies off the shelves, maybe their saviour for their mobile division is to embrace the notch and price their phones for $499. An android phone thay cost a thousand bucks is not really worth it. While apple just need their company’s logo to sell because apple users knows the power of software and hardware integration and its unparalleled ecosystem.

100. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung sells over 250M Galaxy phones per year, and have done so since 2011. How is that not selling well. It is the only branded iPhone that equals or outsells the iPhone branding. Moto X, Sony Xperia, LG G and others can't touch Samsung. In fact, every OEM including Apple which they could sell 75-80M phones per quarter consistently for the past 7 years.

40. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung still finds a way to keep the headphone jack AND a way to slide their cool pen into their Note series phone. Chinese knockoffs aren't available through Canadian or American carriers. Your hopes of burying Samsung may go unrecognized.

99. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Only the original S looked anything like an iPhone. and the actual facts show, Samsung was already working on a full screen device long before Apple and even released as a music player. Apple simply rushed to be first because they saw Sony and Samsung were about to already go this route. In fact all smartphones has shrinking screens. Being first never means it was your original idea. especially knowing apple steals EVERYTHING.

131. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO Are you really that dumb to think that.

55. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are wrong so STFU and stop trying to speak for everyone. I for one am always using the S-pen. And I know other that make use of theirs.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's a nice, welcome move. Too bad; people will have to pay $99.99 for the pencil. Sad!

59. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

But.... where is the pencil going to go???? the convenience of the S-pen is that it's built in to the phone....

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Who wants a stylus? You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em. Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus." - Steve Jobs

11. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This is not 2007 and Apple cannot just get stuck to what Jobs said.

105. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why can't they? They always repeat what jobs said. I find it funny how people keep talking about one-handed phone usage on a 5"+ display. When you don't even have to buy such a phone if you don't want too. also two-hands is more productive than one, any time any day.

41. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Steve also said we don't need screens bigger than 3.5 inches lol. Our hands didn't get any bigger, but our expectations obviously did.

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would hold off on saying Samsung isn’t following the notch trend. Only because it’s been revealed that they patented a notch design back in April. Not saying they are going to use said design, but going ahead and patenting it means that they are seriously looking into it.

21. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Notch wasn't first done by Apple, it was done by essential phone.

33. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

So these new products are copying essential? Are they trendsetter? Only apple is the trend setter. If apple will have a pencil support then these phones will have it to because they are following iphone success. An iphone copycat is what most android wants, an iphone running android.

38. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

He just wants to emphasize that Apple are blatant copy cats, they have invented nothing if you really think about it.

46. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

You never knew that iphone X was design and develop many years ago before essential. Actually, apple has already the design of their phone for 2025.

132. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wow I didn't know we had a real apple employee in here

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