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Apple again rumored to be adding Pencil support to 2018 iPhones

19 August, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Is Apple finally bringing stylus support to the iPhone

For 2018, TrendForce expects the sales volume of iPhones to remain flat or grow marginally by 2-3%, influenced by the saturated smartphone market and the longer replacement cycle of phones across the world.

Limited within US$1,000 threshold as to encourage purchasing from consumers, the starting price of the premium AMOLED iPhone for 2018 will likely to be the same as that of iPhone X, at US$999, according to TrendForce predictions. Apple has apparently decided against supporting Apple Pencil in the cheaper, LCD-based iPhone X. Much of the Galaxy Note 9's versatility comes from the S-Pen, which is the single most-important feature that differentiates Samsung's Galaxy Note series from countless other Android flagships. Plus, it is unlikely that people will carry the Apple Pencil around with their iPhone.

Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models next month at the Steve Jobs Theatre and Apple Pencil support would certainly constitute a "one more thing" moment that Apple is known for with its keynotes.

There have been several rumours about the 2018 iPhones' pricing and key features, and a new report by TrendForce has done a thorough analysis of the new iPhones' price points. Sticking with a stylus that's almost the same length as a phone isn't the most sensible idea in the world, so for Apple's sake it should have a smaller one on the way. This, along with the less costly display, should see Apple price the new device at, or around, the $699 price point, the report says.


A new iPhone is expected alongside the second generation iPhone X next month that is set to have an LCD panel in an attempt to cut costs but it may also miss out on a new feature. This would enable Apple to return to three storage tiers with them being 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Unlike the 6.1-inch screen size variant of the upcoming iPhone, this variant has dual-camera setup at its rear.

Evidently, the new iPhone X 2018 will start at a price of $899 (or approx Rs 62,943).

The latest string of leaks reveals that the upcoming iPhones will sport an AMOLED display while the less expensive version will come with an LCD screen. Stay tuned for updates.

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