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Apple Pencil support looks more and more likely for at least two 2018 iPhones

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Apple Pencil support looks more and more likely for at least two 2018 iPhones
We seem to know quite a bit about the differences between Apple’s three next-gen iPhone models already, as well as some of the things that should set them apart from last year’s X/8/8 Plus trio, but the rumor game is not over until the XS, XS Plus, and 9 actually see daylight.

A somewhat wild new piece of gossip that’s however not entirely implausible calls for Apple Pencil to be “offered as an option” with this fall’s iPhone upgrades. That’s all TrendForce analysts had to say on the matter earlier this week, leaving it to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News to elaborate today based on purported information from “industry insiders.”

Bizarrely enough, only two 2018 iPhones are tipped to support Apple Pencil input, raising doubts about the appeal of a lower-cost version with an LCD screen, lower-quality build, and 3GB RAM.

The 4 gig memory-packing iPhone XS and XS Plus (still unconfirmed names) are in turn expected to sport sharper OLED panels measuring around 5.8 and 6.4 inches in diagonal respectively. 

These two would obviously be the ones to go for the Galaxy Note 9’s jugular, borrowing a key selling point from the iPad Pro family and 2018’s 9.7-inch iPad. Unfortunately, there are no words yet on any iPhone-specific Apple Pencil changes or add-ons being in the pipeline.

Released almost three years ago, Apple’s belated answer to Samsung’s universally praised S Pen hasn’t received as much as a facelift since November 2015. You have to figure a smaller version will be made available for use in conjunction with the iPhone X’s sequels this year (if these rumors are to be trusted), and we’re naturally also rooting for a lower price than $99.

source: Economic Daily News (translated)

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