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

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.

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15 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I would like to see that option but plan on getting iPad Pro anyways.

2. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

Hmmmm, you sure is not an iPhone Note 9?

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1396; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Sounds like another device to have to charge and potential lose... the s-pen at least stays inside the phone...

4. midan

Posts: 3225; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

As Owner of Apple pencil, you need to charge it very rarely. I'm sure there will be cases which have place for Apple pencil if it's coming.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1396; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

that will be a little weird... but i guess... at least with the note it will notify you if you walk away from your pen

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm not a fan of Samsung in the least, but you know...geez...I'm really drawn to what Samsung has done here with their new pen configuration (being able to use it as a remote...wow), and the fact it is still stored within the phone itself. And the phone (Note) still has a head phone jack. The phone has no notch. No in-display finger print reader (that's a feature I do not want). My LG V30 was fine for a few months, but now it needs repairs, and the the charger is now garbage (good thing I held on to a bunch of my older ones - the one that came with my HTC One X is currently keeping my LG alive. I honestly can't believe I'm thinking about owning the new Samsung Note, and I'm afraid if I let myself deviate too far away from my core set of values, (God forgive if Samsung were to fail me as quickly as LG), if I lower my standards enough to consider an iPhone...well...the apocalypse may as well be staring us in the face!!!!!

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1396; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Try the note... if you don't like it... try iphone... different ecosystem but worth a try (my sister convinced my mom to switch to iphone and now she has the note 9 on pre-order lol) if not try pixel, a new one is about to come out... choices, choices everywhere

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

As an owner of Apple stylus myself I must say, I charge it pretty often, especially idle battery drain is a major issue. Not to mention the way you charge this stylus. It's so hilarious, it was probably made by the same guy, that made Apple mouse 2 :-D

5. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If they gimp the 6.1" that much I'll get the 8plus. Or if the X successor starts at 800. Not paying 700 for that gimped pice of crap.

6. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

For many of us who like it's business document signature potential and are less concerned with artistic and other uses, pencil support will be nice. There's little need to worry about losing the pencil because we already keep pens somewhere for this very reason. Saves printing and other conversion hassles.

8. kucma

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Couldn’t agreed more apart from the part about not losing the pencil. I keep on losing my pens so I would definitely need a safe way of storing Apple Pencil!

10. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Most effective ways for me to never lose pens 1) My go-to/travel pen always stays in it's case/cover/slot - won't go mobile without making sure that always happens; 2) Got a few that I really love so I make point never to put them away when done 100% of the time; 3) For my stylus (only have 1) - always keep in with my travel pen in item one since my cases are all 2-slots.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The pencil should work with the 6S forward, it’s ridiculous that Apple didn’t give it the ability.

13. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Apple Pencil support should have been on the iphone Pluses at least. I don't understand why they haven't made the option available when the Note has had the S-Pen since forever.

15. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

You were on Apple side always since when did u like Samsung, weird u must been embarrased back then to be this person I guess.

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