Rumor: iPhones will gain Apple Pencil compatibility in 2019

Apple plans to offer Apple Pencil compatible iPhones “as early as 2019,” according to The Investor, quoting unnamed “industry sources.” Currently for iPad Pros only, the stylus … er, pencil … debuted in 2016.

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Along with the stylus technology, Apple's current A-series mobile chip may undergo a drastic upgrade to better support handwriting functions of the planned stylus, adds The Investor. 

There’s evidence that this rumor may actually come true. In May, Apple filed for a patent (number 9,648,7040) for “devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus.” The patent mentioned use of the device with iPads, iPhones, and even macOS devices.