Apple may have abandoned plans to launch an affordable pencil: report

Apple is reportedly working to offer an affordable pencil, named Marker, to its users. However, development is now said to be on hold as the Cupertino-based tech giant has canceled all release plans for the Apple Pencil, although it is apparently gearing up for a September 2023 launch at the biggest annual event in the world. iPhone maker. The suggested Apple Pencil could have come with a USB Type-C charging port, along with a Lightning cable. The company has yet to make an announcement regarding such a product.

According to a post on Chinese website Weibo, first spotted, Apple was working on launching an affordable Apple Pencil that is compatible with iPhone while supporting charging via USB Type-C port. , the current Apple Pencil is charged via a Lightning cable while the company’s affordable Wi-Fi iPad now uses a USB Type-C port, forcing the iPad to invest an additional $9 (about Rs. 750) for buy an additional dongle.

Unfortunately, Apple reportedly canceled all plans to launch the product, which was supposed to launch next year. According to the report, Apple’s planned $50 (around Rs 4,100) version of the Apple Pencil was codenamed Marker. According to the report, the affordable Apple Pencil apparently could have taken shortcuts by removing features like pressure-sensing technology and a built-in battery. The iPhone maker opted to develop a chip that would be used to power the stylus through the connected display, similar to technology seen on Samsung’s S-Pen models.

However, Apple has yet to make an official announcement regarding the launch or release of the affordable Apple Pencil and we may have to wait until the event in September next year to find out if these rumors are true. true or not.

Apple has already been spotted applying for a revamped patent that would support an Apple Pencil mounted above the MacBook keyboard. Claims include the ability to magnetically retain or secure the pencil when placed in the storage area and to use the pencil as a function key when housed in the chassis. The patent, which the iPhone and Macbook maker first filed last year, imagines the Pencil as a replacement for the row of function keys.

According to another report from Patently Apple, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has added 20 new patent claims around the stylus. The patent explains that the input tool could be stored in a recess in the keyboard case or chassis.

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