That’s my personal prediction after using Pencil on a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Wow. This thing is amazing. It’s just like a real drawing pencil but on an iPad screen. Why would Apple not want to bring Pencil to a future iPhone?
Steve Jobs. Yes, that Steve Jobs. The Steve Jobs who said, “If you need a stylus, you’ve already failed.” Yet, Apple has Pencil. OK, to be fair, a stylus for a handheld device– Palm and Samsung come to mind– is way different than a Pencil is to an artist. They’re just not the same.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the not-yet-that-flammable version, has a stylus. Why? I’m not sure, but we’re talking Samsung, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of technology, the company that copies Apple at every turn but isn’t afraid to throw some of its own mud on the wall to see what sticks. The stylus seems rather popular and I have seen more than a few iPhone owners using a stylus instead of their fingers. Germophobic? It’s their own germs.
You have to get them and put them away. Yaacccch. Nobody wants a stylus.
Yet, here we are years after Jobs’ death, Apple Pencil is a big hit with artists, it works as well as a stylus, and now Apple has been granted even more patents to use Pencil with iPhone. Why does Apple want Pencil on iPhone?
It’s not that a stylus is a better or more convenient pointing and touching and navigating device than a finger. For most of us, it’s not, so in that regard Jobs was correct.
Handwriting [is] probably the slowest input method ever invented. It was doomed to failure… If you see a stylus, they blew it
Pencil likely isn’t used much for handwriting, but at drawing it excels. Jobs may not have liked the stylus because he was something of a purist (he didn’t even like the iPhone App Store idea) but it’s unlikely he had fondness for an earlier Apple stylus– in the Newton.
So, I’m not afraid to prognosticate a bit about Apple Pencil coming to iPhone because, let’s face it, with ever increasing iPhone screen sizes, the iPhone is beginning to look more like an iPad anyway. The only negative I have with Pencil is where to put it when it’s not being used as a drawing pencil or as a stylus-like navigation device while drawing, I also use Pencil to navigate apps because there’s no place to put Pencil– except down. Microsoft solves that problem with a little magnet that holds the device to a Surface edge, but iPhone isn’t as long as Pencil.
What I see with Pencil is more of this than with the tip of a finger. Precision. Face it, a mouse is more precise than a trackpad and Pencil is more precise than a finger, ipso facto and alakazam– Pencil for iPhone. Maybe Apple will introduce another $99 Pencil, slightly smaller, but with a magnetic attachment for the new steel frame iPhones, which will spawn another cottage industry for cases which also hold Pencil.
You heard it (some of it) here first.