Steve Jobs rejecting the stylus during the presentation of the first iPhone is a historic moment for Apple. The well-known leaker DuanRui revealed on Twitter that, this year, Apple was about to commit a cardinal sin – at least for the aforementioned founder – by launching an Apple Pencil, but for the iPhone 14. Everything indicates that the development was canceledbut not before producing more than a million units.
The code name of this device was “Marker”, according to 9to5Mac. It should have been presented with the iPhone 14 at this year’s event. But the most important thing was how it worked. No power required, could be used on iPhone screen 14. A kind of Samsung S Pen.
Its price would have been 49 dollars, about. Much lower than any version of the Apple Pencil, for obvious reasons.
On Twitter, DuanRui tells a little about how it works. This Apple Pencil would not have had a pressure sensor; that is, it would only be a stroke of a certain thickness. It also did not include a battery; using a chip to generate a connection with the iPhone 14.
An Apple Pencil compatible with the iPhone 14? We better pass…
The story goes back even earlier than reported by DuanRui. The first report of an Apple Pencil for the iPhone 14 is in Weibo —as it happens with many leaks of the mentioned one. Of course, despite having been an important addition to the product lines in Cupertino, There doesn’t seem to be much information about it..
For this, take the story with a grain of saltWell, it can only mean two things. Either Apple had this secret very well guarded – which is unlikely given recent leaks -; Or is it a story that is not entirely true. Be that as it may, it would have been a more than interesting addition to the company’s gadgets.
How much benefit would this Apple Pencil have offered to iPhone users? Hard to tell. Nevertheless, the iPhone has never needed this type of accessory to function properly. Even most users of Samsung’s extinct Note range didn’t use it that often; beyond those who dedicated themselves to art or a related trade.
However, this Apple Pencil would have made a little more sense with the 10th generation iPad. Those of Cupertino, in fact, have faced justified criticism from users. The reason is in the USB-C port that includes the device and in the exclusive compatibility with the 1st generation Apple Pencil – which is charged through the Lightning port.
This means you can either charge your Apple Pencil with a $9 adapter—sold separately—or charge it with another iPad that does have a Lightning port. A design decision without any apparent sense.