A sketchy rumor claims Apple was planning to release a $49 Apple Pencil alongside the iPhone 14, but scrapped it at the last minute

A sketchy rumor claims Apple was planning to release a $49 Apple Pencil alongside the iPhone 14, but scrapped it at the last minute

A new sketchy rumor says that Apple originally planned a new version of the Apple Pencil for this year. According to a post on WeiboApple scrapped 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 would have been compatible with the iPhone and would also have solved one of the big problems concerning the iPad 10…

Apple’s discontinued Apple Pencil plans

The post, which was shared with Twitter by Duan Rui, comes from a source with very little track record and should therefore be treated with some skepticism. Nevertheless, the claims made are interesting and worth considering.

The source says that Apple had a new Apple Pencil in the works, named “Marker”, which it planned to release at its September event. Apple was aiming for a price of around $49 for this accessory, which makes it significantly cheaper than the first-generation Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2.

Given that lower price, there would have been a few compromises. Namely, this Apple Pencil apparently didn’t have any pressure-sensing technology or battery inside. Instead of a rechargeable battery, Apple had apparently developed a chip that would be used to power the stylus through the screen. This is similar to what Samsung did with its S-Pen stylus.

Where things get interesting is that this Apple Pencil too apparently worked with iPhone. The first-generation Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2 don’t work with the iPhone, and it’s an idea that Apple has chastised in the past. That said, it’s a rumor who has do it turns a few times.

It’s unclear why Apple dropped plans for this “Marker” version of the Apple Pencil, but the decision was reportedly made at the last minute. According to today’s report, Apple had already manufactured over a million units, which is not insignificant for an accessory that would likely have been niche.

Where this cheaper Apple Pencil would really make sense is with the latest 10th generation iPad. Apple faced lots of reviews due to the fact that the iPad 10 has a USB-C port, but still only works with the first generation Apple Pencil equipped with Lightning. That means you need to use a $9 dongle (sold separately) to pair the Apple Pencil with your iPad and charge it.

What do you think of this rumour? Is something lost in translation here or was Apple really planning a $50 version of the Apple Pencil with iPhone compatibility? Let us know in the comments.

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