According to a sketchy new rumor, Apple meant to launch a brand new Apple Pencil this year, however pulled out of the venture on the final minute. Development was so superior when Apple killed it off that mass manufacturing had already begun, the supply claims, and greater than one million models had to be scrapped.
The rumor was posted to Twitter Thursday by DuanRui, a comparatively well-known Apple leaker. The leaker claims the gadget was codenamed “Maker” (possible a typo for “Marker,” which 9to5Mac goes with and which makes extra sense) and was supposed to seem on the iPhone 14 launch occasion in September.
The stylus would have price roughly $49, placing it properly under the present costs of the 1st-gen ($99/£109) and 2nd-gen ($129/£139) fashions, and would have added long-requested compatibility with iPhone screens.
In different respects, nevertheless, it will have been a much more fundamental stylus than its siblings, with no pressure-sensing options and no battery: energy would have been drawn by the display screen, a mechanism presently utilized by Samsung’s equally low-priced S-Pen.
Originally–and this is usually the case with DuanRui’s tweets, as they themselves acknowledge–the story comes from a supply on Weibo, in this case one with nearly no observe document to communicate of. For this purpose it may be greatest to eat the rumor with a big serving of skepticism, and till we get additional corroboration, we’d hesitate to endorse the story’s accuracy. But it has to be mentioned that (other than iPhone compatibility, which based mostly on previous Apple statements is an extended shot) the thought makes a number of sense.
When Apple unveiled the 10th-gen iPad in October, confused tech reporters had been knowledgeable that it supported the 1st-gen Apple Pencil, however would want a dongle to cost or pair with that accent. This was an unappealing answer, to say the least, and we now have complained about this in multiple articles. Hardware design selections (the USB-C port; the panorama digital camera) evidently meant the iPad couldn’t work usually with both Pencil mannequin, however these had been selections that Apple made. Why would it not paint itself right into a nook like that?
The reply, maybe, is that Apple had one other plan, nevertheless it fell by. The “Marker” would have labored advantageous with the iPad tenth gen, and appealed to a price range viewers with its cheaper price tag. And it might have been pressed into service on the iPhone too, for added worth for cash.
The odd factor, actually, is that Apple didn’t go forward with the plan, and neither DuanRui nor the Weibo supply has up to now supplied any clues why. But we’re so satisfied by the concept that, if it does end up to be a fabrication, we predict Apple ought to make it a actuality.