Future iPhone to Get Stylus?

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The late Steve Jobs was never subtle about his dislike for styluses, but if rumours are correct Apple is considering adding such functionality in a future iPhone.

iPad Pro stylusAccording to Korean publication The Investor, a stylus-compatible iPhone might hit the market as early as 2019. Apple is allegedly already "in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership," while the current A-series chip should receive a "drastic upgrade" to better support handwriting functions.

“Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset," the unnamed source claims.

As for the actual stylus, the report point out the use of supercapacitor technology, which is both cheaper produce and provides a "more pen-like feel" compared to the electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) technology used in the S-Pen included with the Samsung Note.

While Jobs was famously anti-stylus-- at one point he insisted "if you see a stylus, they blew it"-- Samsung has actually seen success with the Note phablets, whose small stylus is tucked in a special compartment. The 5.8-inch iPhones can easily feature such a strategy, never mind the rumoured 6.46-inch version of the smartphone.

Apple debuted a first stylus in 2016-- the Pencil, for use with the iPad Pro. Now iOS has a number of handwriting functions, such as Notes and Makeup tools.

Go Apple Mulls Stylus for iPhone (The Investor)