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Report: Apple planned to launch an iPhone-compatible Pencil this year

Added 11-24-22 11:15:02am EST - “Aborted launch plan could also explain why latest iPad has such peculiar Apple Pencil support.” - Macworld.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Macworld.com: “Report: Apple planned to launch an iPhone-compatible Pencil this year”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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According to a sketchy new rumor, Apple intended to launch a new Apple Pencil this year, but pulled out of the project at the very last minute. Development was so advanced when Apple killed it off that mass production had already begun, the source claims, and more than a million units had to be scrapped.

The rumor was posted to Twitter Thursday by DuanRui, a relatively well-known Apple leaker. The leaker claims the device was codenamed “Maker” (likely a typo for “Marker,” which 9to5Mac goes with and which makes more sense) and was supposed to appear at the iPhone 14 launch event in September.

At the Apple Event in September, Apple was originally going to release a new Apple Pencil code-named Maker, priced at about $49, with no pressure sensing and no battery needed, using a chip to power the stylus from the screen, similar to the Samsung S- Pen.(1/2)

The stylus would have cost approximately $49, putting it well below the current prices of the 1st-gen ($99/£109) and 2nd-gen ($129/£139) models, and would have added long-requested compatibility with iPhone screens.

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