Apple Inc planned to launch a new $49 Apple Pencil compatible with the iPhone this year, but canceled the plan at the last minute, according to a brief new rumor from Asia.
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According to a Weibo shared by Duan Rui on Twitter, Apple is said to be planning to release a new Apple Pencil codenamed “Maker” (or more likely “Marker”) at a September 2022 event, also at the expense of a large Over 1 million accessories were produced, but the release was canceled at the last minute for unknown reasons.
To keep costs down, the device is said to lack pressure-sensing technology or a rechargeable battery, and instead uses a built-in chip to power the stylus through the iPad or iPhone screen, similar to how it works Samsung’s S Pen.
At $49, the unreleased Apple Pencil is significantly cheaper than the first- and second-generation Apple Pencil models, which cost $99 and $129, respectively.
Unfortunately, there’s no record of where the Apple Pencil rumors came from, so the claims require a fair amount of analysis. Also, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of an Apple Pencil being developed to work with the iPhone, but none of those rumors have materialized.
However, the battery-free Apple Pencil pairs perfectly with the latest 10th-generation iPad, which has a USB-C port and requires an expensive $9 Lightning dongle to connect with the 1st-generation iPad. It’s unclear, however, why Apple would cancel plans for an accessory that had already entered mass production.
If that’s indeed a thing, and Apple has produced so many drives, past history would suggest that some drives end up being leaked.