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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:46

With handwriting support in iOS 10 Messages, will iPhone 7 support Apple Pencil?

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At Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote today, one huge iOS 10 feature is a revamped Messages app that is vastly more capable than ever before, and includes handwriting support.

Has Apple just dropped a subtle hint that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will feature Apple Pencil support?

Of course, Apple made absolutely no mention of this during its WWDC 2016 keynote, save for one potential "read between the lines" indication.

That can be seen in the image below, which shows that iOS 10 Messages will support handwriting.

Apple says "Write it yourself. Send a message in your own handwriting. Your friends will see it animate, just as ink flows on paper."

Naturally, such handwriting can be done with your fingertip, which qualifies as "hand writing" for it is being done by a part of your hand!

However, using an Apple Pencil to do handwriting is also a fantastic way to write things by hand, and with Apple Pencils on sale as optional accessories, all Apple has to do is to make the screens on iPhones Apple Pencil compatible!

Here’s that image, more below:


All that being said, the idea of Apple supporting its own Apple Pencil on the 2016 iPhone models was something people already expect might happen this year, simply because the Apple Pencil exists.

If it’s good enough for the iPad Pro models, it should be good enough for 2016 model iPhones, too.

So, we will just have to wait and see whether this expectation comes true, or not, as it will add to the cost of making an iPhone with a Pencil compatible screen.

It’s an additional cost Apple may not yet be willing to bear or to pass on to consumers.

But Apple isn’t afraid to charge for the technologies it puts into its devices, so with any luck, Apple Pencil support is definitely coming to the new iPhones.

Heck, I hope it comes to all Macs, too, and any Apple device with a screen.

Until then, I’m pencilling in my hope that 2016 iPhones come with Apple Pencil support, and it’s probably something you’re pencilling in, too.

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