What it is: The Apple Pencil may finally work on upcoming iPhones.
Steve Jobs famously said that a stylus was worthless because it was easy to lose and everyone had fingers that could replace a stylus. Then Apple introduced the Apple Pencil in 2015, but was designed to work only for the iPad Pro. Yet the Apple Pencil is a stylus but the main difference is that earlier smartphones and tablets required a stylus for the suer to interact with the device while the Apple Pencil is an optional supplement. People can use an iPad Pro just fine without an Apple Pencil but with the Appel Pencil, they can suddenly draw and write more naturally.
Compare this to early Palm and Microsoft Windows CE devices that absolutely required that you use a stylus. Lose the stylus and you had a hard time using the device. For those earlier devices, a stylus was a necessity, which is why Steve Jobs railed against them as inadequate.
Since the Apple Pencil is an optional user interface device and only limited to the iPad Pro, it’s only natural to expect Apple to allow the Apple Pencil to work with the iPhone eventually. As the iPhone has gotten larger, the limitations of using the Apple Pencil on a smaller screen are fading. The iPad Pro has a huge surface to work on, which m makes the Apple Pencil ideal for writing or drawing. The iPhone screen has now grown to a large enough size that it may soon be comfortable to draw or jot down notes on an iPhone.
This will make the Apple Pencil far more useful because you will then be able to use it for both your iPad and iPhone. The Apple Pencil will still be an optional item, unlike the so-called optional keyboard for the Microsoft Surface tablet. Many people will have no use for the Apple Pencil with their iPhone, but many more will. The Apple Pencil will simply make some tasks easier for some people while remaining completely useless for other tasks that most people won’t need an Apple Pencil to do, such as interacting with the touch screen.
The Apple Pencil will always be an optional device and that’s what makes it superior to old fashion styluses of earlier smartphones and tablets. The Apple Pencil may not be a must-have product for most people, but for those who need it, it will prove indispensable.