Apple planned to introduce a new $49 Apple Pencil this year that was compatible with the iPhone, but scrapped the plan at the last minute, claims a sketchy new rumor out of Asia.
According to a Weibo post, shared on Twitter by DuanruiApple intended to unveil the new Apple Pencil at its September 2022 event, codenamed “Maker” (or perhaps, “Marker”), and even went so far as to produce over a million units of the accessory. It may turn on at the eleventh hour for unspecified reasons.
To cut costs, the device reportedly lacked pressure sensing technology or a rechargeable battery, and instead used an onboard chip to power the stylus through the iPad or iPhone screen, similar to Samsung’s S-Pen stylus.
At $49, the unreleased Apple Pencil would have been significantly cheaper than the first-generation and second-generation Apple Pencil models, which cost $99 and $129, respectively.
Unfortunately, the source of the ‘Apple Pencil’ rumor has no track record, so the claims have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Furthermore, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Apple developing a Pencil to work with the iPhone, none of which have come to fruition.
The new Apple Pencil even supported the iPhone, but the project was shut down near launch. It is said that more than a million levels were stocked at that time, and now they should be scrapped (2/2) Source: https://t.co/EB3sCjM6Og — DuanRui (@duanrui1205) November 24, 2022
Still, a battery-less Apple Pencil will pair well with the latest 10th-generation iPad, which comes with a USB-C port and requires a redundant $9 Lightning dongle to work with the first-generation Apple Pencil. Again though, it’s unclear why Apple would kill plans for an accessory that had entered mass production.
If this really was a thing, and so many units were produced by Apple, past history suggests that some units would eventually leak. Would you welcome an ‘Apple Pencil’ for the iPhone? Let us know your comments.