Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs was one of the biggest skeptic of stylus used to control digital devices. However, the development of multi-touch and higher precision of stylus forced Apple to support one with the launch of Apple Pencil for iPad Pro. Last month, Apple extended support for Apple Pencil from iPad Pro to normal 9.7-inch iPad as well and now, it might bring the technology down to iPhone next.
A new rumor claims Apple’s largest iPhone, referred to as Rolls Royce, might support Stylus when it becomes official in September. The device is rumored to feature a large 6.5-inch Samsung-made OLED display and Apple analysts expect it to cost north of $1,000, making it replacement to 7-inch iPad for some users. In a new research note obtained by AppleInsider, Roseblatt analyst Jun Zhang believes Apple will bring support for the “iPen” to the larger OLED model but the accessory will not be included in the box. The larger iPhone X is also believed to include a dual-SIM connectivity option by Rosenblatt analyst.
Zhang, like KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg, anticipates Apple to launch three new iPhones, with two of them sporting 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays and another one featuring a 6.1-inch LCD display. The research note believes the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone referred to as Porsche will not offer any significant design changes compared to the existing iPhone X.
Rosenblatt analyst adds that the LCD iPhone model will be $200 cheaper than its OLED counterpart. The LCD model will also drop the stainless steel casing for another material as part of cost cutting measure. However, all the three models are expected to retain the notch and support Face ID facial recognition system. The new iPhones might also bring improvements to 3D sensing with second-generation 3D sensing modules consuming less battery and enabling new application features.
With the release of LCD model this year, Zhang expects Apple to produce as many as 60 million units of iPhone X with LCD display while the production of OLED models will be limited to 50 million units. Apple is expected to produce 28 million units of 5.8-inch model and 22 million units of 6.5-inch model. The numbers are in line with what we have seen from other analysts including Kuo who expects LCD model to start for as low as $550 and $650.