A sketchy new rumor says that Apple originally planned a new version of the Apple Pencil for release this year. According to a post on Weibo, Apple canceled plans for a new $50 version of the Apple Pencil at the last minute, despite the fact that it had already entered mass production.
This version of the Apple Pencil allegedly showed iPhone compatibility and would also have solved one of the big complaints about the iPad 10…
Apple canceled Apple Pencil plans
Post posted on Twitter by Duan Roy, come from a source with a very poor track record, and therefore should be treated with a great deal of skepticism. However, the claims made are interesting and worth considering.
The source says Apple has a new pencil in the works, codenamed Marker, which it was planning to release at the September event. Apple was reportedly targeting a price of around $49 for this accessory, which would make it significantly cheaper than the first-generation Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2.
Given this low price, there were reportedly some compromises. Namely, this Apple Pencil apparently did not have pressure-sensing technology or a battery inside. Instead of a rechargeable battery, Apple has apparently developed a chip that can be used to power the stylus across the screen. This is similar to what Samsung has done with its S-Pen.
Where things get interesting is that Apple Pencil also Apparently it worked with an iPhone. The first-generation Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2 don’t work with the iPhone, an idea Apple has criticized in the past. However, this is a rumor that has been circulated many times.
It’s unclear why Apple canceled plans for a “Marker” version of the Apple Pencil, but the decision was reportedly made at the last minute. According to today’s report, Apple has already manufactured more than 1 million units, which isn’t an insignificant amount for an accessory that has the potential to be a niche.
Where it would really make sense to use this cheaper Apple Pencil with the latest 10th generation iPad. Apple has faced quite a bit of criticism due to the fact that the iPad 10 features a USB-C port, but it still only works with the first generation Apple Pencil equipped with Lightning. This means you need to use a $9 dongle (sold separately) to pair the Apple Pencil to your iPad and charge it.
What do you think of this rumor? Is something lost in translation here, or is Apple really planning to release a $50 Apple Pencil with iPhone compatibility? Let us know in the comments.
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