According to unnamed industry sources who have been speaking to The Korea Herald, Apple is considering offering a stylus that is capable of working with the iPhone for the first time.
The stylus, believed to be an iteration of the Apple Pencil, would likely require an all-new iPhone in order to work thanks to the screen technology required. Because of this, the Apple Pencil only works with the iPad Pro rather than other devices in the iPad line, let alone the iPhone.
According to the sources, Apple is said to favor a stylus of the “supercapacitor stylus type” in order to be able to offer a cost-effective solution. This choice would also contrast with Samsung’s Galaxy Note pen, which is based on electromagnetic resonance technology. The Galaxy Note is currently the only smartphone offered with a stylus as a key differentiator, something that sees the handset continue to hold something of a cult following despite the mess that was the Galaxy Note 7’s release and subsequent recall.
Apple is mulling something that its late founder Steve Jobs had outright rejected — adding a stylus to its iPhone, according to industry sources on Oct. 13.
“Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019,” an industry source told The Investor on condition of anonymity. “It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”
Apple first launched the Apple Pencil alongside the iPad Pro two years ago now and has so far resisted the temptation to offer a stylus for its smartphones. However, with Samsung having a portion of the market all to itself, it would stand to reason that Apple would at least work on the idea of offering a competing product.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously derided the use of a stylus with a smartphone, but as we all know, in those days stylus was mainly used as input mechanism for navigating user interface on touchscreen phones rather than fingers that we are so accustomed to these days. A stylus in 2017, like Apple Pencil, is more about drawing, annotation and other artistic works rather than navigating the user interface.