Apple is set to announce three new iPhones later this year and support for the Apple Pencil could be part of the equation according to a report by Citi Research that was picked up by Business Insider.
However, as was also noted, there hasn’t been much talk of Apple Pencil support being added this year despite there being plenty of chatter about the iPhones themselves.
“Support for iPhone pencil/stylus” was on Citi Research’s list of upcoming features it expects to see in the 2019 iPhones, but we’ve heard extensive rumors about the upcoming devices and Apple Pencil support has seldom been mentioned.
The notoriously well connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously said that future iPhones could offer Apple Pencil support but he didn’t say when that might come to pass. This was last year and support for Apple Pencil is generally not expected to be part of the 2019 iPhone roadmap, despite Citi Research’s prediction.
Korean site The Investor has also made noises that suggest an Apple Pencil-supporting iPhone could arrive as soon as this year but given the outlet’s past reliability issues, it’s difficult to put too muck stock into that.
Apple’s adding of Apple Pencil support to at least the largest iPhone would allow it to offer features similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. But the Galaxy Note has a built-in stylus and Apple would have to create an all-new Apple Pencil to be able to do something similar. If it is in the works for a future release, we just can’t see this happening in 2019.
(Source: Business Insider)
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