Apple patent application reveals Apple Pencil working with future iPhone

“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.

Apple considering bringing Apple Pencil support to iPhone – October 13, 2017

1 Comment

  1. Putting more pressure on Samsung’s Note the better.

    Apple’s phablet crushed Samsung’s lead in that category and now Pencil for iPhone would definitely give Sammy a headache.

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