Apple’s next-gen iPhones look to have a great new feature

“China’s (ever reliable) Economic Daily News has the scoop, revealing Apple has awarded a contract to Taiwanese stylus supplier Elan after deciding to make its premium iPhones compatible with the Apple Pencil,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes.

“EDN states Apple’s second-generation iPhone X and new iPhone X Plus gain this functionality, 11 years after founder Steve Jobs ridiculed the use of a stylus with phones,” Kelly writes. “That said, smartphones now sport displays of a similar size to those seen on tablets a decade ago, the idea is not so laughable.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, when Jobs made his statement, iPhone displays measuered 3.5-inches.

Kelly writes, “The bad news is EDN says Apple will not bring Apple Pencil support to the (otherwise highly exciting) LCD-based iPhone 9.”

MacDailyNews Take: That serves to further differentiate the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone from the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

“Interestingly, the EDN report comes just days after TrendForce leaked similar news along with major new iPhone specifications,” Kelly writes. “Tim Cook also hinted that Apple Pencil support has been in development for some time, teasing last year: ‘If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been waitin for this for quite sone time!

If Apple would make Apple Pencil an option for every iOS device, they’d only sell more Apple Pencils and iOS devices. It’d be the very definition of a “win-win” situation.MacDailyNews, August 24, 2017

‘Twas readily discernible differentiation, and not just in screen size, but in camera hardware and features that has sold and continues to sell many Plus model iPhones. 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. – MacDailyNews, November 28, 2017

[iPhone X] is just such a great device, but Apple (likely very carefully and intentionally) made it just a bit too small for our taste (baking in the impetus to upgrade this year), so we’re very much looking forward to the rumored 6.5-inch “iPhone X Pro” said to be coming this fall.MacDailyNews, January 2, 2018

We do expect a larger OLED iPhone later this year. We continue to hope it’ll include Apple Pencil support (with a ProMotion display) and therefore carry the “Pro” moniker.MacDailyNews, February 26, 2018

Next-gen 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones said to support Apple Pencil – August 16, 2018
TrendForce: Next-gen iPhones to offer Apple Pencil support, 512GB storage, dual-SIMs – August 14, 2018
Apple patent application reveals Apple Pencil working with future iPhone – November 30, 2017
Apple considering bringing Apple Pencil support to iPhone – October 13, 2017
New Apple patents again point to Apple Pencil support on future iPhones – August 24, 2017


    1. It will be a more elegant solution than the present one for the iphone ..imo
      That said i hope they incorporate a couple shortcut buttons and a clip and a better, more elegant charging solution… maybe through the smart connector or similar … on all pencils.

      Sticking the pencil in the lightning port or carrieng the miniature, super easy too lose adaptor is not a clean solution at all.

  1. I believe Steve Jobs’ statement needs to be kept in perspective and in context. Using a stylus as the “Primary” means of interaction still has all the pitfalls that Steve brought up. Having it as an accessory for specific use case would be great and doesn’t take anything away from the revolutionary touch UI that the iPhone pioneered

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