I want an iPhone Pencil anyway. Why? Pencil on the iPad Pro (and now even on the entry-level $329 iPad) is awesome. I use it as a pencil and a stylus. Apple needs to have some kind of magnetic holder for it, otherwise Pencil is, well, a must-have accessory. After the first hour of use.
No technology company is better at peeling the marketing onion than Apple. Always later than almost any other tech company with similar products and similar feature sets, Apple shows up with the version that works.
But, iPhone is smaller. Who needs it? Samsung customers have their S Pens and a gazillion people I know (hint: not really a gazillion) use a stylus on their iPhone? Why? I scoffed at the stylus when a finger would do, but some people says a stylus is more accurate; mostly women with long nails, though. In this case, I have to agree.
I take notes on my iPad Pro using Pencil. They’re not long notes. But they’re quick notes and enough iOS iPad apps take handwriting that it’s worthwhile and the iPad’s onscreen keyboard is clumsy– even on the larger iPad Pro screen.
By peeling the marketing onion I mean that Apple has an ability to add new features that easily segregate a new model from an older model. It’s likely Apple didn’t bother to upgrade the Mac because Intel didn’t bother to upgrade its chip line until recently. Now we have new MacBook Pro models.
A new iPhone line– the entire line of new, 2028 models likely will have Pencil support. Assuming the rumor mongers are correct with their guesstimating, a cheaper model will have an LCD display, while the others will have an OLED display. It would not surprise me to see the more expensive of the three to have Pencil support.
If there is a gargantuan 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus in the mix, then I’m all in on a Pencil purchase. The only question is, “Will Apple introduce a new, smaller Pencil for iPhone?” Something along the size of the iPhone X’s length would seem appropriate.