iPen: Speculation grows that Apple may implement a phone stylus of its own

iPen: Speculation grows that Apple may implement a phone stylus of its own
There is now speculation that Apple's largest iPhone (referred to as Rolls-Royce), may be stylus enabled. This device is rumored to be a 6.5 inch OLED equipped phone. Most expect it to retail for over $1000 USD and to have the best features. Apparently, utilizing a stylus may be one of them. A market analyst with Rosenblatt has written notes that show the firm expects Apple to release an "iPen" stylus that would compete with the Galaxy Note line. We all know the company already has the Apple Pencil, but it would obviously need something a bit more portable for a handheld. Both the CEO and patents filed have revealed that Apple has at least considered this concept for quite some time now. 

Is there room for an "iPen?"


While this concept may be appealing to some, there is certainly a downside. The note also mentions that if released, the stylus will not be housed inside the device and will most likely be sold separately. The added cost of the accessory (fast charger anyone?), along with the question of how to keep from losing it, will absolutely be concerns moving forward if it happens to be true. It is no doubt that the stylus has become popular at least among certain groups. Apple Pencil has had a decent push into the education market lately, and of course its competitor the Surface Pen has faired well. The Note's stylus helped make the phablet common. So it would seem like this may be a natural direction for Apple to go in expanding its base. How do you feel about an "iPen" and what about storing it or purchasing it separately? let us know!

source: AppleInsider via BGR

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37 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I knew that Apple got this on their works since a decade. That’s how Samsung stole it with for the Note 1. /s

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Grow up. Samsung is a copycat company. /s

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you high? Steve Jobs would've fired anyone who suggested a stylus. Remember, he said we're all born with 10 styluses (stylii?)

2. midan

Posts: 2915; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I own Apple pencil and it's great for drawing and making graphics etc. with big tablet screen, but i can't see any use for phone size screen, it would have very small markets If they release one.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I also don't get styluses on a smartphone. Well, they sorta look cool and are a great throwback to the 80s where stylus was compulsory to use a 'touch' screen but in 2018? Oh well, It's great to have choices, eh? G'Day!

4. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Providing that the stylus is housed in the phone this would be the only phone where I would not even look at the price but buy it whatever the price. Coming from a Note to iPhone I know how handy the S Pen was and it is the one thing I still miss on daily basis. But that is the trade off for going with iOS which I now vastly prefer over the Android.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why, may I ask? Are you a comic writer or do you have cravings of drawing a pony every now and then? Anyhow, good for you!

11. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Very often need to sketch a house plan, an installation plan, draw a picture to people for ease of explanation, edit and markup photos... these are all the things that I strike on daily basis and are awkward to do with a finger and near impossible to do precisely without a stylus. I also have no urge or space to carry a tablet with me all the time so phablet with a stylus is a perfect solution. Hope that helps. Cheers!

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I carry a Palm Tungsten to jot quick notes using handwriting recognition or in Palm's case - Graffiti. Or a quick sketch as kucma explained. A stylus is very useful but they're not for everybody.

23. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It would be stored in the lightning port. /s

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I remember owning the original Galaxy Note and I loved the stylus. I used it a lot back then, but I will say it was small and I didn’t like using it for prolonged periods of time. I think there could be a case for having an external stylus, so long as costs (which Apple is never good at keeping low) and form factor (somehow including a case that allows it to be attached) are considered. Competition is always good.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I think it will be too little (Given the mediocre performance of Home Pods) and definitely too late. Okay, wait. It's never too late in the world of Apple or should I say; in the herd of sheeple? Oh well, G'Day!

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don’t think you can directly compare this to the reception of the HomePod. The reason the HomePod wasn’t widely received was because it was limited to Apple Music, has Siri which fails to compete with the latest voice assistants, and is priced in the premium home speaker market with the Google Home Max which is also a niche product that most likely hasn’t sold that much. Unless Apple locks the stylus down to only be used with their own Apple apps or prices the stylus more than the Pencil, I don’t think this will have the same problems as the HomePod.

9. LiveFaith

Posts: 475; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Hallelujah! I sooo hope Apple invents the stylus in a phone. I absolutely love my Note8 (3rd Note). But Sammy has a "monopoly" on the stylus phone now. If Apple invents this feature, then you can rest assured companies will immediately copy it like they're doing that stupid notch. That will open up a lot more options for stylus based phones. I personally like my wife's S8 more than my Note8, mainly due to the size. Would love more options. Plus, then the Galaxy Note series could be relegated to the copycat group of Apple's cool invention.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Hopefully, it won't be the same stylus as iPads have. Apple stylus is clunky, heavy, does not have any grip and needs a battery to be recharged (pretty often + such a fast drain in idle is unacceptable IMHO). They need to steal some of that Wacom EMR mojo, to get on a Samsung level of stylus implementation. Apple stylus is incredibly quick, but that is probably the only "pro" of that stylus.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1221; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

i love the feel ergonomics of apple pencil. so i disagree with you i would give up my samsung if apple made one with a stylus. so far ipad pro (not the ipad 2018) with pencil is the best stylus-to-screen implementation - coming from someone who draws on a regular basis.

16. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I wrote a lot on my iPad Pro 12.9 - the responsiveness is really good, but you really do like ergonomics of a heavy, cheap plastic stick? I had many Wacoms and many iterations of Spen - every single one of them feels better in hand. At least for writing on a screen, I am not really able to draw something that does not look like a 3yo first attempt (dysgraphia, colourblind or something like that).

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1221; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

most of the artistic community will disagree with you.but thanks for your input

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

That's an absolute lie if ever i read one. Wacom is still the undisputed king in the artistic community, the iPad Pro doesn't even come close. Most of them even prefer a Surface over the iPad Pro. Coming from a Cintiq user and active artistic community member.

24. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That is actualy the thing I often saw - the guy/gal paints a "sketch" on an iOS/Android tablet - exports it on a PC and there finishes the job with better pen, with better software.

28. midan

Posts: 2915; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I have wacom (used years) and Apple pencil, Apple pencil is clear winner. "Most of them even prefer a Surface over the iPad Pro" Most? That's very hard to believe knowing how low Surface sales are compared to iPad Pro.

32. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sales or iPad Pro vs Surface is not really important, but sales of Pencil vs what Surface uses? Wacom in older models and Cintiq in newer models? I bet not all people that bought iPad Pro bought Pencil as well. ;) And vice versa ofc.

27. midan

Posts: 2915; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple pencil feels great, i don't think it's meant for writing (too heavy), it's designed for artists. I have drawn with pencil almost 10 years and when i tested Apple pencil i was blown away how natural it feels and how the actual quality and latency and all are. I went to store, tested it one minute and bought one. If you don't like the plastic feel, you can buy those rubber stuff what some real pens have. I'v seen many using them. But again If you want stylus for writing i don't think Apple pencil is right choice, writing pencil should be light.

30. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Yeah I know there are stylus cases, that add grip to pencil. Something like Ztylus - that looks really solid IMHO ... but that makes it even heavier. Grip vs. weight ... hard to tell. BTW: Apple stylus is round (without a case), It actually bothers me a bit because (analogue) pencils are often 6 (hexagon) or 3 sided. Just an idea ... :-D

31. midan

Posts: 2915; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I meant this kind of stuffhttps://goo.gl/images/KjQ5UN

33. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Oh, this thing ... it's rubber man on a cheap plastic, that would be destroyed in days of use. Not to mention it's a dirt magnet.

14. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

The s pen is pretty convenient. I take alot of notes that way using one note and it's useful on the go. For people who have become accustomed to having a stylus it may be hard to switch them to Apple without it. I'd imagine you feel like your missing part of your device.

15. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

That’s exactly how it feels!

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I can't wait to see people walking around with theor pencils plugged into the bottom of their phones lololol

19. DonovanCho

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

We are a long way away from Jobs' belief that styluses are unnecessary and cumbersome, which I still agree with

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