Apple Pencil iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dave245, Aug 6, 2017.


Would you like Apple Pencil support for a future iPhone?

Poll closed Oct 8, 2017.
  1. No

    18 vote(s)
  2. Yes but only if it's a smaller Apple Pencil

    10 vote(s)
  3. Yes if Apple made a similar screen size of 6.3"

    2 vote(s)
  4. Yes it's a good idea

    21 vote(s)
  1. Dave245 macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    for all their flaws I do have to prise Samsung for one thing, the Note series (except the 7 that was just a bad situation) and I wish Apple would do something similar i.e. An iPhone with Apple Pencil support (maybe a shrunken down Pencil?)

    What do you think? Would you like to see Apple do such as thing? Maybe also bring some features from iOS 11 for iPad with the Apple Pencil such as quick note (being able to tap on the screen with the Apple Pencil and write a note).
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Where is the choice to just say yes? Sounds like a good idea to me.
  3. Dave245 thread starter macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    Sorry I forgot to add that option, I will add it in now. I think it's a good idea as well, if Samsung didn't use Andriod, have TouchWiz and I wasn't such a fan of Apple products I would of brought a Note in the past!
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Not interested for me. Whole point of the iPhone is it being compact and ready to use with just your finger. I bought the pen for my 10.5 and do not use it. Wasted money for me.
  5. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Jun 22, 2007
    Definitely not anytime soon, as people will refer to Steve Jobs' keynote of the first iPhone where he said no stylus.

    And personally I have not seen people using the Galaxy Note stylus. Most bought the Note because it's Samsung's, most expensive phone, for status symbol. Only few people actually use the stylus on a regular basis. Case point where Note 7 users exchanged their devices, most opted for the S7 Edge (being the next most expensive Samsung phone) rather than the Note 5.
  6. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    No one wants to carry around a device which they will use virtually never. That is a Pencil for iPhone. A device that 99% wouldn't want or use. For the iPad? Sure.
  7. Dave245 thread starter macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    I always use the Apple Pencil on a daily basis, I have the 12.9" iPad Pro and love the Apple Pencil, I won't be getting rid of it any time soon even when I updated to the 2nd generation iPad Pro next month.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2017 ---
    I see the point, do people really not use it? I've never owned a Note I'm an iPhone guy (Except for when I had the S4 and I hated the thing). When they show it off they usually tout the S-`Pen and it's features.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2017 ---
    Technically it's carried in the device itself with it's own slot, I do see the point about the iPad with the Apple Pencil which I already own I just think it may be useful to have Apple Pencil support on the iPhone as well. It does seem like Apple are looking into it
  8. Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If the iPhone could ever incorporate a stylus small enough that could have Apple Pencil capabilities and be stored within the iPhone similar to the Galaxy Note, I certainly would be interested. ESpecially, now that these iPhones proportionally are growing larger with the displays, it helps having a stylus/Pencil when reaching across the display. But That's just how I see it, although unlikely ever to happen.
  9. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    Apple would never do that. Ever. The most important aspect when it comes to how can you make a smartphone better is the internal space. A device stuck into it is one of the worst designs ever. Apple engineers and designers wouldn't dream of doing that.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Which is why I stated:

    It's merely my personal thought, not how it should be for everyone. Your opinion is valued just as equally as mine is. I Personally see a likeness for Pencil capabilities as already mentioned, but nor does it stifle my experience with the iPhone either.
  11. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    I was simply saying they wouldn't make a compartment in the device for it. I have no problem with it gaining Pencil support although I don't think enough would be interested for it to happen, but it's not an opinion that the device is worse with a compartment for it, that's a cold hard truth.
  12. Dave245 thread starter macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    I think it would be interesting to get Apple Pencil support, however it's not a deal breaker for me and I still love the iPhone, I think the upcoming 8 is going to be a great device.
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    But factor in the ratio of those who have experience with the Apple Pencil and would appreciate its capabilities on larger device. If Apple made an Apple Pencil support for the iPhone and was compact enough, I easily could see a strong following for others who would appreciate the capabilies and help with the reachability aspect with these displays as they increasingly are becoming larger, as mentioned before. But being the Apple Pencil is not in existence for the iPhone, I don't see Apple venturing on this path.
  14. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    A small stylus for use when wearing gloves could maybe be useful sometimes,especially in cold climate. The so called screen gloves is not an option for me.
  15. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    I had a Note 7 and it was often handy to jot down a note or two. I even sketched on it once. And the way Samsung software is designed, it was easy to annotate existing documents and photos with the S-Pen.

    But I do wish they'd go back to flat displays because writing on glass with curved edges has a bit of an odd feeling to it. It works; it just feels a bit strange. I guess it's a psychological thing, but I shied away from the edges all the time, which left me with only a very small area I felt comfortable writing on. I will keep harping on this point in the hopes that Apple design gods hear me and learn from Samsung's vanity: Curved edges are very pretty to look at--for awhile--but a pain in the butt to actually live with.

    I think Apple could design a nice version if they want to. I'd be interested if they did. Once you get used to having a small convenience like this, it is a bit sad to give it up.
  16. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Jun 22, 2007
    There are features that are great for demos.
    And the Note 7 exchanges stat came from Samsung themselves. If the S-pen was a critical feature, most Note 7 users would have opted for the Note 5 for replacement, but they didn't. Most of them opted for the S7 Edge instead.
  17. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I would welcome this and it is useful but over time I doubt i would use it loads but one of those nice things to have
  18. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I'd like an iPhone the size of an Apple Pencil with a virtual screen and a novel interface.
  19. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2015
    Me personally I would not use an Apple Pencil, even a smaller one, with an iPhone. I did vote yes though with a smaller pencil version as my wife has a 7+ and uses it as an iPad and she could get some use out of it.
  20. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Emphatic yes from me. I use the Pencil all the time with my iPad Pro. Okay so then why would I want it for my phone? Quite often I need documents signed when I'm on the go. Would much rather hand over the phone with the Pencil instead of a stylus or tell someone to use their finger which never really looks like their signature.
  21. Zxxv Suspended

    Nov 13, 2011
    yes writing notes on an iPhone should be a no brainer. with a proper size pen. not a stupid toothpick stylus
  22. Dave245 thread starter macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    It appears that Apple are looking into it, with more patents surfacing

    I wonder with Apple adding a bigger screen this year with the iPhone 8 (5"8) if they will add Pencil support either this year or in next years OS, it would be interesting to see.
  23. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    If they eventually get to foldable displays, there won't be a place to keep the stylus. I like a stylus for specific things, but not everyday tasks, such as checking mail.
  24. jbizzybeetle macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2015
    I would like the option of using my Pencil with iPhone when I want to be more exact with a drawing, etc., always at home when I feel this “need.” I use the Pencil with my orig IPad Pro all the time, so when the preference for the Pencil arises, I switch the project from iPhone to IPad.

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