“If you see a stylus, they blew it,” Steve Jobs famously quipped during the January 2007 iPhone introduction while showing off the handset’s multi-touch user interface.

Though the late CEO had outright rejected the stylus, the company he co-founded is now reportedly “mulling” the idea of releasing a stylus that would work with iPhone.

Korean publication The Investor today cited a report by The Korea Herald claiming that an iPhone with Apple Pencil support could arrive as early as 2019. Industry sources told the publication that Apple has recently been exploring a future iPhone with a digital pen.

Unlike Samsung’s S Pen stylus that uses electro-magnetic resonance technology and requires additional panels under the screen, Apple’s accessory is said to use supercapacitor technology, which is cheaper to make and offers “a more pen-like feel,” a source said.

The source claims that Apple’s mobile chips will undergo “a drastic upgrade” to better support handwriting functions of the planned stylus. “Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset,” the person added.

“Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019,” another industry source told the publication. “It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”

Apple has certainly been researching for years various digital styli and accompanying user interfaces that would be suitable for a smartphone, as evidenced by a slew of related technology patents the Cupertino giant filed for over the past years.

Apple Pencil, which debuted in 2016, currently works with iPad Pros. iOS provides a pretty compelling set of related features and core technologies, ranging from Apple Pencil pressure sensing to handwriting functions and integration with apps like Notes and Mark Up tools.

And then there’s Tim Cook, who famously said, “If you’ve ever seen what can be created on an iPhone or an iPad with that pencil, it’s really unbelievable.”

Would you buy a Note-like device from Apple with a bundled stylus?

Let us know by posting a comment below!

  • Satyam Panchal

    i dont see point to use stylus in iphone… and no more use stylus on galaxy note it just stay in hole or lost … why you need stylus in your daily driver ??

    • BooBee

      Agreed! Steve must be rolling over in his grave at this dumb ass idea.

      • TechnoBuff

        Steve was not all-knowing…
        Considering his comment about 6 inch phones back in the days and look how well Apple is selling that size now. people should stop assuming Steve was not always right.

    • Blip dude

      You know I’ve yet to understand it too. I don’t need a “pencil” but understand it’s benefits on the iPad, but on a 5 or 6 inch phone, really??

      • Satyam Panchal

        Yep I agreed it is useful on ipad.

    • Galaxy Life

      No one uses the stylus on the Note?

      why does each Note sell more than the previous? Why does Samsung spend money improving it and the software or uses? Why even after a bad battery, people refused to return them forcing Samsung to disable them AND they sold more Note 8’s and in less time than the 7?

      • Satyam Panchal

        ok boi note 8 dont sell more because of stylusss. it sell because of bezal less screen and a good phone. and i am using s7.. and i dont say note are useless phone i say stylus is useless in small screens it useful in screen like ipad etc… so dont be a toxic fan boy

      • Mike

        It’s good for drawing and taking note quickly. Specially if I need to go shopping and I just need to write a quick list of what I need to get.

      • Satyam Panchal

        if u have to write quick then you need to use style u can type fast with your finger

  • Iskren Donev

    I believe that the quote from Steve is taken quite a bit out of context. When he said he was against using a stylus he was talking about Windows Mobile handsets and the like where the primary mode of interaction with the screen was with a stylus. Back then phone vendors did that because:
    a) they were using resistive and not capacitive touch screens
    b) the touch targets were too small for a finger to press.

    That was back in 2007.

    Now in 2017 the game is quite different. Devices like the Galaxy Note, Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro use a stylus for drawing, sketching, handwriting, markup and other tasks that are genuinely suited for a pen. It is no longer the main way you interact with your device, especially for tasks where a pen would not make sense, such as setting an alarm or installing an application.

    All of that to say that I have absolutely nothing against an iPhone that has Apple Pencil support.

    • Totally with you on that. What Jobs said reflected the state of technology at the time. But the world has since moved on and technology continues marching forward. If anything, Samsung has demonstrated that people want big ass phones and that a stylus can make a compelling addition to the smartphone from a productivity perspective.

      • TechnoBuff

        Well stated!
        I would love a stylus with the iphone and i think a lot of people would want that as well.

    • M_Hawke

      Totally astute observation, thank you.

  • noracuts

    “The source claims that Apple’s mobile chips will undergo “a drastic upgrade” to better support handwriting functions of the planned stylus. “Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset,” the person added.”

    Isn’t the A11 chip in the new iPhones the most powerful ever? As powerful as a 13” MacBook Pro. Also isn’t it more powerful than the chips in the iPad Pros that support handwriting?

    Not really understanding this statement.