Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated the idea of a stylus or pencil for a smartphone. Publicly. “Yuk” Privately, Apple’s engineers probably had a dozen such pencils in development for future products, including iPad. Designers and artists love Apple’s iPad Pencils; old and new.
My iPad Pro sports the Pencil that recharges via a magnetic connection to the iPhone’s case. What’s not to like? A pen, pencil, or stylus can offer more precise on screen controls than a finger.
So, what about an iPhone pencil?
It’s coming. That’s my prediction. Why? Customers want one for iPhone– and there are four times as many iPhone customers than iPad customers– and Apple wants the money. Don’t ever forget that Apple is a hardware company.
Why an iPhone pencil?
First, the current line of iPhons have gigantic displays which almost necessitate two hands; hold and navigate, and for many, navigating with a pencil is better than a fat and clumsy finger.
Second, Pencil on iPad Pro is almost indistinguishable from instant; no notable lag. It’s that good.
Third, I’ve noticed that I take notes better on my iPad Pro than on my iPhone and that has to do with screen real estate. Size matters. Bigger is better. That would change with a pencil because the device makes pointing easier and faster. It’s like the difference between trackpad and mouse. Both are good, yes; one is more precise and easier to use.
Finally, would Apple pull an iPad Pro on an iPhone? I mean, put in the magnetic strip and allow a pencil to be charged using the iPhone’s battery? After all, iPhone batteries barely make it through a day, so would a pencil help deplete what is already a problematic issue?
A pencil for iPhone makes sense because customers want it, and Apple is a hardware company. Hardware as in accessories, too, so customers will have to fork over another $50 to $75 for an iPhone case that will also hold a pencil.
The Apple life is all about hardware and money.