112 – Apple may not bring $50 pencil with new iPhone, to use inbuilt chip to power stylus: Report


Apple Inc has reportedly sidestepped plans to launch a Pencil worth around $50 with the new iPhones. The tech giant may make some changes to the phone to support the stylus. According to MacRumors, a site that tracks developments related to Apple products, the Apple Pencil didn’t have pressure-sensing features or a rechargeable battery to save money, but instead used an internal chip to power the iPad. Or powered the stylus through the iPhone screen.

The unreleased Apple Pencil costs $49, which is significantly lower than the prices of the first and second generation models ($99 and $129, respectively).

The new Apple Pencil, codenamed “Maker,” or more likely “Marker,” was scheduled to be unveiled by the tech giant at an event in September 2022.

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The company is said to have mass-produced more than 1 million accessories, but eventually just stopped selling it, for reasons unknown.

Last February, with the iPadOS 14.5 beta, the tech giant expanded Apple Pencil “Scribble” support for German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Before that, the company added an Apple Pencil feature called “Scribble” in iPadOS 14. This allows the user to write in any text field on her iPad, and handwritten text is automatically converted to typed text.

When Scribble first launched, it was limited to English and Chinese only.

(with IANS input)