By the time Apple got around to releasing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, big smartphones were a pretty common element in the smartphone market. Devices with 4.7-inch displays, and bigger, were all over the place, even some with screens reaching up to six inches or more. Some of you out there might even remember seeing pictures of people holding up tablets with similar screen sizes to their faces, and how silly we all thought that was back then.
Should the iPhone 7 Plus support the Apple Pencil
Here we are where five-inch smartphones being the norm, and bigger devices managing to pack in plenty of features to make the bigger screens worthwhile. I think it’s pretty fair to say that Samsung has led that charge, both in adopting bigger smartphones, and also letting even bigger “phablets” find a way into our lives, too.
Of course, there is a difference between a smartphone with a big screen and a phablet, as Samsung continues to try and push with the release of its Galaxy Note phablet lineup. A combination of a tablet and a phone, there should be something that truly differentiates a phablet from a run-of-the-mill smartphone.
In the case of the Galaxy Note7, for instance, and just like every previous Galaxy Note phablet before it, that differentiator comes in the form of a stylus. The S Pen has come a long way over the years, now more advanced than ever, easier to use, and probably won’t get stuck inside the device, either. The S Pen also activates specific features that aren’t readily available without it, like being able to write notes on the display when it’s locked, or being able to magnify the screen elements to get a closer look.
You can even create a GIF with the help of the S Pen now.
When Apple launched the iPhone 6 Plus, the company didn’t have an official stylus under its umbrella of products. Back then, in fact, a stylus seemed like an impossibility, considering the company’s staunch stance on the idea for so many years when talking about tablets. But then the 12.9-inch iPad Pro arrived with its Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, and suddenly the tables had turned.
The Apple Pencil is an amazing accessory, one of the best stylus I’ve ever used, and the same sentiment can be heard echoed all over the place. Apple came out of the gate swinging into the stylus market with the Pencil, and it will (probably) only get better from here.
So what about adding support to the 5.5-inch iPhone lineup?
After some consideration, I thought this would be a pretty solid idea for the iPhone 7 Plus, and beyond, and Apple could introduce specific features within the larger iPhone that would make it perfectly suitable for the Apple Pencil as an input device. As a reference point, the Galaxy Note7 only features a 5.7-inch display, so the difference here isn’t that big.
But then I weighed all those rumors about an iPhone 7 Pro – a device that would sit at the very top of the pyramid when it comes to iPhones, with standout hardware and software features when compared to its brethren. This could be one way to make the iPhone support the Apple Pencil – just make a Pro model, like Apple has done with the iPad lineup.
This type of distinction between devices wouldn’t bum me out as much as a difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, simply because it would be more than just a change in screen sizes that offer, for whatever reason, more features. A Pro model of an iPhone would be geared towards folks who not only need the bigger screen, but also want that support for a stylus, too.
With all the rumors swirling around that an iPhone Pro exists, or has at least existed at some point, I can’t help but wonder if this is something that’s more inevitable than questionable. The Pro lineup for tablets has worked for Apple thus far, so why not extend that thinking to the iPhone family?
What do you think? Would you buy a phablet iPhone with supported features and Apple Pencil support? Or should Apple keep the Pencil with the iPad lineup only? Let me know!