04 January 2023
Apple has reportedly canceled the affordable Apple Pencil launch plans. The leak is coming from tipster Duan Rui (@duanrui1205) who himself sourced the information from a now-deleted Weibo post. It claims the cheaper Apple Pencil was supposed to go official alongside the iPhone 14 series but the move was scrapped at the last minute.
The affordable Apple Pencil with the codename "Marker" was said to be under development for quite some time. The biggest attraction would have been its support for iPhone. All Pencil variants so far are meant only for iPad devices. Its pricing is tipped to have been $49 which would have made it a lot more accessible for buyers with a tight budget.
The report adds the canceled Apple Pencil would have supported charging via a USB Type-C port. Apple had released all Apple Pencil variants with the Lightning jack. Since Apple now has iPads with USB Type-C ports, users of those models will need to spend a little more on buying a dongle so they can charge the Apple Pencil.
The new Apple Pencil even supported the iPhone, but the project was terminated closer to launch. It is said that more than one million levels had been stocked at that time, and now they should all be scrapped.（2/2）— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) November 24, 2022
Since the pricing of the rumored model is so low, it goes without saying there would have been corner-cutting to make it affordable. It is reported that the variant would have missed out on features like pressure-sensing technology and an in-built battery. In fact, the team was developing a chip that would have charged it by utilizing the power from the connected screen. This is similar to Samsung's approach for its S-Pen stylus.