I’ve been begging for it for the last two years. With the big changes that came with the X, I was hoping that last year would be the year. However, it wasn’t to be. I can understand it, since there was already so much going on with the new design. I thought this would be the year. A new, large screen iPhone X Plus sounded like the perfect candidate. There was even a rumor a few days ago that gave me hope, but I lost a little of it today.
I would be more inclined to dismiss most analyst rumors this late in the game. However, I can’t blow off Ming-Chi Kuo, even if I don’t like what he’s saying. And when it comes to confirmation that Apple will NOT be including Pencil support on the upcoming OLED screen iPhones, I definitely don’t like it. While the language in the article isn’t incredibly definitive, the man has proven to have good supply chain sources over many years. I doubt he would put this detail out there so close to the iPhone hardware announcement if he wasn’t sure.
I’ve been asked why I care about Pencil support for the iPhone more than once. The main reason is because it would help me in my job. I will go ahead and say right now- if you are thinking of messaging me to recommend that I try out the Samsung Galaxy Note, don’t waste your time. While I would prefer pen support on my iPhone, this is not something I will switch platforms for. I can get by just fine using my 12.9″ iPad Pro.
The issue is simply one of portability. A 6.5″ iPhone that I always have with me would the ideal device to take job notes or quotes with. I already use Notability with my Pencil to do this on my iPad, but the 12.9’s bulk is a challenge and there is also the fact that that I’m putting my expensive tablet at risk. Because I carry and use my iPhone in these same places, I already keep it in a case that gives it adequate protection, so its just a little better suited to the job.
I told someone today that if an iPad Mini Pro with Pencil support existed, I would already have one specifically for the purposes I spoke about above. I really don’t have that much interest in the Mini form factor beyond this, but it really would be a big help in my job. The Mini certainly isn’t completely dead yet, as I continuously hear from plenty of people who still swear by it and wish Apple would continue to support this one-time hit device. I think its the fact that the Mini is around the same size as a memo pad or composition book that makes it seem like a natural fit with the Pencil.
It has been my belief that the coming 6.5″ iPhone would be the true successor to Apple’s small, but now unloved tablet. Again, Pencil support seemed like the natural evolution of the Mini that was just cut short by its declining popularity. In that light, it makes sense to me that the new 6.5″ iPhone model would take up that mantle, instead. However, it sounds like that will not be the case. Again. Normally Ming-Chi Kuo giveth. Today he taketh away.
As with any Apple feature that ends up on the cutting room floor, there’s always next year, I guess.