Apple Pencil For iPhone Scrapped At 11th Hour, Leak Claims

When Apple revealed the iPad 10th generation, included the original Apple Pencil, the only tablet that still used this stylus. But a new rumor suggests the company may have had a different smart stylus up its sleeve, one that would work with both the iPhone and iPad, but abandoned the idea even after a million of them were made.

According to the leaker DuanRuia report on weibo.com claimed that Apple would launch a new Apple Pencil in September, along with the iPhone 14. That would be the first time a stylus has been mentioned alongside an Apple iPhone because the current first-generation and second-generation Apple Pencils generation only work with iPads, although iPhone compatibility has been rumored in the past.

This new stylus was going to be called Maker, according to DuanRui, which may be a typo for Marker, a more likely name, I’d say.

This stylus would be much cheaper than the current Apple Pencil models, costing $49. For this price, the pressure sensing in current models would be removed, as well as a battery. Instead, I would get the power to operate it from the iPad I was typing on. Some models of the S-Pen, Samsung’s smart stylus, also use this technology.

The leaker goes on to say that the new stylus would also work with the iPhone, so it’s planned to launch alongside the iPhone 14.

Well, as we know, no such release took place. One of the critics of the 10th-gen iPad is that the connection of the first generation Apple Pencil is inelegant, so it requires a charging cable and an adapter so that the Pencil with its Lightning connector can be connected to the iPad that uses a USB-C socket.

Interestingly, the source insists that something non-Apple happened: the product had reached production, with more than a million made before the product was canceled. These products should now be removed, says the leaker.

How likely is all this?

Well, a new, more affordable stylus would sit nicely alongside the new iPad, and the prospect of a Pencil for the iPhone is long overdue. The slimmed-down version would be a good choice, as users will probably want to take notes on the screen, which is very popular on Samsung Galaxy phones with the S-Pen, rather than the advanced drawing apps on the iPad, for example.

But I have two big doubts about this rumor.

First, as mentioned above, Apple shouldn’t be canceling a product this late. Even the much-maligned AirPower charging pad, which made it to the announcement stage, was canceled before it reached widespread production.

Second, it’s the supply chain that you can’t keep a secret, so if this product was being made, I think we would have seen leaked footage of it by now.

Unless, that is, it looks like the original Pencil. It wouldn’t look like the second generation model because it wouldn’t need a flat edge for pairing or charging.

There has been a rumor of a smaller Pencil, designed for smaller tablets, so perhaps this new report plays into that.

Overall, I’m not quite buying this buzz, but I like the sound of it. A cheaper Pencil with iPhone compatibility is certainly intriguing. Who knows, maybe Apple built these styluses and instead of destroying them, stored them ready for another time.



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