The rumor mill is in full swing as Apple is just minutes away from unveiling its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to the world. While the standard iPhone is considered the primary flagship, the larger Plus variant is regarded as the phablet version that comes with extra features out of the box.
Interestingly, it appears that the Cupertino giant has decided to include an extra-special feature for the iPhone 7 Plus that its predecessors could only dream of having. According to MacRumors, the larger iPhone that’s going to debut in today’s Apple event may debut with support for Apple Pencil.
Citing Tim Cook’s previous interview with NDTV back in May, MacRumors reports that Steve Jobs’ successor may have dropped subtle hints about the new iPhone arriving with Apple Pencil support.
“Well we launched a pencil, not a stylus, first of all, and there’s a big difference, and the things that people are doing with this pencil, I think that Steve would have loved. He loved to help people create. And if you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable. You should really show some of these to your audience,” Cook responded to an inquiry about the late Steve Jobs possibly hating the idea that the company has launched the stylus-like Pencil at the time.
As of late, the Apple Pencil is only supported by the iPad Pro, since the tablet was made with the specific display technology needed to make the Pencil work and one that is capable of detecting the writing accessory’s movements, even the lightest ones. So while Cook’s statement may seem erroneous back when he said it, it is very possible that Apple could have groomed its iPhone 7 Plus to be the next device to make use of the Apple Pencil, as pointed out by MacRumors.
There have been no substantial reports prior to today that could actually back up the claim that the iPhone 7 Plus will have support for the Apple Pencil. But things may have turned in favor of this new speculation as hours prior the big reveal, trademark filings that appear to hint at the rumored support have emerged online.
According to Apple Insider, two entries from the newly leaked trademark filings are for Scribble and Writeboard and such trademarks may suggest the expansion of the Apple Pencil’s application with the Cupertino giant’s smartphones. There’s also an entry for Depth, which at first glance may seem to suggest depth in artistic strokes. However, the Apple-centric news site clarified that this entry could simply refer to 3D Touch, since there is depth in the motions needed to use the feature.
With the emergence of these trademark filings, could it really be possible that Apple’s new phablet is going to be the next device from the Cupertino giant to make use of Apple Pencil? Find out by tuning in to our live coverage here.