It is usually Samsung that imitates Apple’s smartphone design ideas. However, Apple may soon take a page from the playbook of Samsung. A fresh report states that a future iPhone generation may come with Apple Pencil support, which would signify a first for the iPhone line.
That is not unexpected for anyone keeping tabs on the innovations made by Apple. Numerous patents describe Apple Pencil use on the iPhone, and Tim Cook teased the said feature himself in early September 2016. It is still hilarious, of course, considering the stance of Steve Jobs regarding styluses.
The Investor says that Apple wants to add the stylus to the iPhone as soon as 2019. Apparently, engineers have been working on such an iPhone recently.
However, the iPhone may not be a clone the Note, a phone that includes a built-in stylus. Currently, the Apple Pencil is very big, and cannot possibly fit inside the iPhone. Not to mention that the report states that Apple is working with some stylus makers regarding possible partnerships.
An industry source said: “Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019. It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”
The stylus tech of Apple for the iPhone will not be the same from what Samsung uses for its Note line. The S Pen stylus utilises electromagnetic resonance technology, which demands additional screen components. Meanwhile, the iPhone stylus is said to adopt a supercapacitor stylus tech, which would make it cheaper. What is even more interesting about this report is that Apple would actually need to upgrade the A-series chip drastically to support better handwriting features.
A second source said: “A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel. Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset.”
This remark is surely something to remember, as it suggests that the A11 Bionic chip that is included in the iPhone X, which has no rival in the mobile business, still does not meet the requirements of Apple when it comes to certain features.