Do you think iPhone will get pencil support?

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  1. thadoggfather Suspended

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    if not for it being 99 bucks, I think doodling on a phablet would be kind of cool
     
  2. Prof Farnsworth macrumors member

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    I know the S pen on my Note4 is a nice touch, and I use it a fair bit more for work then I do for play. It would be interesting to see the new iPhone have the right kind of screen to use the pen with. (my understanding is that the pen needs a certain back screen with sensors and such to detect the pen, I could be wrong though.)
     
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    Oh yeah I definitely meant for future models with a hw update not on existing ones/retroactively, just to clarify
     
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    Personally, I have always like a stylus. I am shocked at the number of people I know who have a note phone and never even take the stylus out. I do not see apple trying to attack that niche of a customer.
     
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    I think there are 2 types of Note users. Ones who use the S pen, and those that wanted a larger phone / Phablet. At least that's been my experience. I've used my S pen, on the Notes 2 & 4, in all kinds of weather to boot, from various snow to drizzling rain. From -30C and up. Though the pen really doesn't like the cold for long. Hate using it when it's wet out....

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Palm used them, and blackberry did for a while. and then there was a long break before Samsung brought it back. The use of a stylus seems to be rare feature that comes and goes.

    I don't really see Apple, or anyone else for that matter, jumping into that particular niche.. Not even sure Samsung is going to continue the line in the long term. As more and more phablets are released onto the market, the number of people who buy the Note for the Stylus may not justify them making a Note Series. (Hope that last part makes sense) Just not sure the numbers are there or if its a long term selling point for them....
     
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    The Apple Pencil does exist software and hardware on device and iPad Pro's. However it may take a couple of years before the iPhone supports it. Personally I would love if Apple announces support in September, but it's a 50/50. It will not be as advanced as Samsung's S-Pen which has been un-challenged for 5 years but that's ok.
     
  7. Skorpio macrumors 6502

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    No need for Apple to release a pencil for an iPhone. I have 5 pencils on each hand.
     
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    So do I, but they are like sausage pencils.
     
  9. William Wales macrumors member

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    Only if the iPhone display is larger, exceed 6 inch, maybe Apple will consider to let the iPhone get pencil support
     
  10. OneMike macrumors 601

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    While it would be nice. The screen is too small
     
  11. xixi.li macrumors regular

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    I do not think apple will do that.
    ipad is big enough
     
  12. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    It already has "pencil support". I have a Jot Dash stylus and it works with my iPhone 6s Plus. I don't use it much, just in a few GIS apps that need precise positioning of points on a map. http://www.adonit.net/jot/dash/
     
  13. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Not unless they do w smaller pencil just got the phone
     
  14. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    More like you have ten of those fat crayons that small children use :)

    In real life, people use more than one type of writing instrument. Pens, brushes, highlighters, charcoal, you name it. A modern device should accept more than one type of input. I've always found a pen to be handy for drawing little notes (like we all used to do with pencil and paper) before going to say, Home Depot.

    At least you called it a pencil, though. A "stylus" is just a dumb stick substituting for a finger, whereas an electronic "pen" or "pencil" is an active device that is usually far more accurate, and possibly has extra capabilities such as an erase mode button.
     
  15. falainber macrumors 6502

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    I have a Note 4. While I rarely use the pen there are situations where it is very useful. Some desktop versions of web sites have dynamic menus that respond to pointer hovering. It is impossible to navigate such websites with your finger - not just because it's too thick but because it does not "hover" (i.e. no pointer functionality). S Pen helps out in this case because it works as a pointer.
     
  16. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

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    I think the "iPhone 7 Pro", if it is brought to market, may get pencil support.
     
  17. 19SK91 macrumors member

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    I don't think that the iPhone will get Pencil support. Same reason why it doesn't get split-screen-multitasking and picture in picture mode. Everything would be nice to have, but not really usable/useful on a small screens like iPhones have.
     
  18. Prof Farnsworth macrumors member

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    The 6S+ is roughly the same size as the Samsung's Note Series of phones, and the pen has proven useful there. Everyone I know with a Note has reasons why they love the S Pen. For me, it's the screen writing options, minor Picture editing and I use it when I know my fingers are going to be too big to use the screen properly (Web browsing for example).

    I'd agree with you on the smaller phones though.
     
  19. 617aircav Suspended

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    No way Apple adds pencil support to the iPhone. There is actually no demand for this anyway.
     
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    Since when does apple listen to demand? I mean they just kind of do their own thing.

    I agree though, chances are unlikely that they'd do it. For one the Pencil is a fair bit larger then the S Pen. Which would probably make it a bit more uncomfortable to use on the phone, especially on the go. The lack of storage space means you're carrying the pencil with you instead of it being stored in the phone.
     
  22. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    There was no demand for the Apple Pencil itself. The only demand was a larger screen iPad. If a product is not in demand,, then you create the demand. The vast majority of products that exist were never really in demand but became a success. There was no valuable demand for an Apple Watch yet Apple actually made it. (not as successful as Apple hopped, but a somewhat successful).
     
  23. 617aircav Suspended

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    Pencil on larger screen makes sense. Drawing etc. on a small screen, doubt it.
     
  24. HEK macrumors 68030

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    For sure since the 5se
     

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