After insisting nobody wanted a stylus, Apple went ahead and made the best one money can buy. It’s the perfect companion to iPad Pro if you like writing and drawing on touchscreens, but will it ever be compatible with iPhone? One interview with Tim Cook seems to suggest so.
Cook doesn’t like to call the Pencil a stylus, and believes there’s a “big difference” between what people are doing with this device and traditional touchscreen pens. Even Steve Jobs, who famously said “if you see a stylus, they blew it,” would like the Pencil, Cook claims.
“The things that people are doing with this pencil, I think that Steve would have loved,” he told NDTV’s Vikram Chandra back in May. Cook then hinted that Apple Pencil won’t always be exclusively compatible with iPad Pro.
“If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or iPhone, it’s really unbelievable,” he said.
Throwing the iPhone into that sentence could be more than just a slip of the tongue. The likelihood is Apple has at least been investigating the possibility of making the Pencil compatible with iPhone, and whether or not it’s worth it.
Some might argue that an iPhone display is simply too small to write or draw on — even if you buy the larger Plus model. But lots of users already take notes and sketch on their smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, which ships with the S Pen stylus, gets more popular every year.
Either way, Cook’s comments don’t confirm anything. We’ll have to wait for Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote on Wednesday to find out whether Apple Pencil really will expand its reach.
Via: Daring Fireball