Though a handy accessory for artists, businesses or just those who just prefer the feel of a writing utensil, the Apple Pencil is limited in use thanks to being exclusively compatible for the high-end iPad Pro.
That may change, however, as a new patent published in Apple’s name suggests that the Apple Pencil could soon expand to new devices — to possibly include future iterations of the iPhone, according to Patently Apple.
The patent, describing a technique for “Noise Correction for a Stylus Touch Device,” specifically names that both a tablet and smartphone could make use of the tech — though, as always, a patent is not a substitute for an official announcement.
This isn’t the first patent to suggest Apple may be considering the Apple Pencil for smartphones, with Tim Cook himself even letting slip a comment late last year that could suggest iPhone compatibility coming to the Apple-branded stylus.
While a smartphone’s smaller screen may not be as optimal for drawing as a tablet, we can see the upcoming iPhone 8 benefiting from a quality stylus to help it compete with writing phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — as well as make the Apple Pencil more than a single-product accessory.
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