A likely feature in the next iPhone that Steve Jobs would’ve hated – Times of India

Yuck. Well, it is indeed quite a strong word to use to demonstrate any sort of revulsion one might have towards a person or an object. Twelve years back in 2007 at a conference Steve Jobs said, “Who wants a stylus? You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away, and you lose ‘em, yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.” If a sketchy rumour is to be believed then it looks Apple wants a stylus and Steve Jobs would’ve said yuck. This rumour — which comes from a casemaker – has suggested that one of the iPhones – expected to be launched in September – might have a space for a stylus.

Olixar, the iPhone case maker has listed its 2019 iPhone cases on UK retailer MobileFun. The case not just indicates but also suggests that there might be an inbuilt slot for an Apple Pencil. Yes, Apple doesn’t call it a stylus but a Pencil. And to be fair, Apple already has included a stylus or Pencil in its iPad models.

Interestingly, this could be a completely new version of Apple Pencil. The rumoured new Pencil is smaller than the one that the iPad supports. As per the listing page on the casemaker’s website, “Crafted from premium genuine leather, this exquisite black case from Olixar for the iPhone 11 Pro provides stunning style and prestigious protection for your phone in a slim and sleek package, with the added convenience of an Apple Pencil sleeve.”

So it’s the iPhone 11 Pro which could support the stylus. As is the case with almost every rumour and leak, one can never be certain till the product actually sees the light of the day. So far rumours have suggested the launch of three new iPhones that may be called iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max Pro.

Apple is scheduled to hold the launch event of the iPhone in September but the inclusion of Pencil or a stylus may have just made Jobs say yuck. Whether it’s true or not remains to be seen. However, history does tell us that another feature that Jobs genuinely didn’t like has become a staple in the iPhones. The big sized displays. Jobs, in 2010, had famously said “no one’s going to buy that” about big screen phones. Things changed and everyone did – including Apple – start making big screen phones only. Will history repeat itself with the stylus? Let’s wait and watch.


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