Apple planned to introduce a new $49 Apple Pencil this year that was compatible with iPhones, but canceled plans at the last minute, a sketchy new rumor coming from Asia claims.
According to a post on Weibo shared on Twitter by DuanruiApple allegedly intends to launch a new “Apple Pencil,” codenamed “Maker” (or, more likely, “Marker”) at a September 2022 event, and has even gone so far as to mass-produce more than 1 million units of the accessory, which could It was released at the eleventh hour for unspecified reasons.
To cut costs, the device allegedly lacks pressure-sensing technology or a rechargeable battery, and instead uses a built-in chip to power the stylus through the iPad or iPhone screen, similar to how Samsung’s S-Pen works.
At $49, the unreleased Apple Pencil was significantly cheaper than the first-generation and second-generation Apple Pencil models, which are priced at $99 and $129, respectively.
Unfortunately, the source of the “Apple Pencil” rumor doesn’t have a great track record, so the claims should be taken with a pinch of salt. Furthermore, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of the Apple Pencil being developed to work with iPhones, and none of them have come to fruition.
The new Apple Pencil supported even the iPhone, but the project was terminated as its launch neared. It is said that more than 1 million levels were stored at that time, and now they all need to be scrapped. （2/2）Source: https://t.co/EB3sCjM6Og – DuanRui (@duanrui1205) November 24, 2022
However, the non-battery Apple Pencil will pair well with the latest generation iPad, which comes with a USB-C port and requires a $9 Lightning dongle to work with the first generation Apple Pencil. Again, it’s unclear why Apple would kill plans for a mass production income supplement.
If it really is a thing, and many units are manufactured by Apple, then past history indicates that some units will eventually be leaked. Do you welcome the “Apple Pencil” for “iPhone”? Let us know in the comments.