The iPhone could be just two years away from gaining its own stylus.
Apple, according to the Korea Herald, is heavily considering including an Apple Pencil-like accessory with the iPhone that launches in 2019. Since Steve Jobs isn’t around to resist such a decision, the company is free to implement the technology that’s already in the iPad Pro for a future iPhone.
Here’s what one industry source revealed:
“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 iPad Pro’s stylus is made by Apple; however, that may not be the case for iPhone in 2019 or beyond. The iPhone’s smaller body could prove to be difficult for implementation, so an outside company might have to step in and partner with Apple to create a custom stylus. Samsung, for example, works with Wacom to produce the stylus for Galaxy Note devices.
Another industry source points out the company is likely to use supercapacitor technology over electromagnetic resonance technology due to cost and realism. The former is cheaper and gives a more natural writing experience for styluses. With its marquee phone priced at $999, Apple needs to do anything to not go higher.
Apple’s A-series processor will have to undergo major improvements to accommodate for an advanced stylus. There’s been chatter that the iPhone X has reduced touch performance due to lacking horsepower in the new A11 Bionic. Improvements over the A10 from 2016 aren’t impressing analysts.
If Apple does ever release an iPhone with a stylus, expect an arms race with Samsung to begin. For years the South Korean rival has used the stylus on the Galaxy Note to separate itself from Apple’s phones.