iPhone 7 & Apple Pencil
We are only a few days away from the iPhone 7 announcement and if you read any Apple news then you most likely won't be surprised by anything that will be announced on September 7th. But what if there is one more surprise?
I've have been a huge fan of the Apple Pencil ever since I got the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil feels amazing in the hand and is a simple and elegant way to take hand written notes or create a simple sketch. Heck, I even find it to be a superior way to capture low word count creative content. But we are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil and I see no reason why Apple won't bring Apple Pencil to other Apple devices. I think the iPhone 7 Plus is an excellent candidate for Apple Pencil compatibility. There is no doubt that there is extra cost and complexity involved with adding the necessary sensors to the screen to enable the Apple Pencil to work, which is why I don't think we will immediately see this brought to all iPhone models. iPhone is still a significant source of profit for Apple, so they have to be careful about their profit margins across the line of devices. But I can see Apple adding this key feature to their flagship model...the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple Pencil also doesn't make as much sense on a smaller device like the standard sized iPhone and the even smaller SE.
I was in a meeting this past Friday at work. I didn't have to take a ton of notes, but information was flying quickly and pieces of information were being changed back and forth along the way. I can't type all that quickly on my iPhone so my only option at the time was to open up my laptop and type my notes. If I would have had an Apple Pencil enabled iPhone this would have been the perfect application for this type of "quick jot" note taking. The iPhone Plus model phones are very similar in size to a reporters notebook (field notes) in so I think it is only a matter of time before this happens. I just hope that time is upon us this week...