“Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to communication between Apple Pencil and an iPhone, and more specifically, to position-based communication between the Apple Pencil and iPhone,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple notes that in some examples, an input device (e.g., stylus) and a host device can communicate over a wireless communication channel, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, or any other suitable protocol,” Purcher reports. “In the bigger picture, it’s Apple acknowledging Apple Pencil will likely work with a future iPhone.”

“Apple’s patent application was filed back in Q2 2016,” Purcher reports. “Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on Tuesday:

ProMotion – especially and naturally coupled with Apple Pencil support – would be a strong reason to choose iPhone X Plus, iPhone X Pro*, or whatever they name it.

*”Pro” means Apple Pencil support already, so it makes sense to use “Pro” for any iPhone with Apple Pencil support, too.

And, as we wrote last month:

Times have changed much since Steve Jobs eschewed the stylus for iPhone.

The iPhone had only a 3.5-inch display when Jobs made those remarks. iPhone 6s/7/8 Plus units have a 5.5-inch display. iPhone X has a 5.8-inch display.

When trying to markup a screenshot or jotting down notes on an iPhone, for example, a finger barely works and never works well. Even rudimentary third-party iPhone styluses work far better for such purposes. Apple Pencil support in these cases would allow for an even better user experience.

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