The excitement that typically surrounds the release of a new iPhone hasn't really been there for the new ones that will be released this week. It must be something that is clear to Apple CEO Tim Cook because he let something fairly interesting slip about the Apple Pencil and the new versions of the smartphones.
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The Daring Fireball blog spotted the clue over the weekend, but the actual clue was placed earlier this year. He said something that seemed completely innocent in an interview with India's NDTV in May: “If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable.”
The transcript of the interview had the reporter asking: “Has that voice never come to you? For example when you launched the pencil and you know what Steve said,’ if you see a stylus they blew it’, when you launched that pencil?”
Cook offered up the quote above, and he added: “Well we launched a pencil not a stylus, first of all, and there’s a big difference and the things that people are doing with this pencil, I think that Steve would have loved. He loved to help people create.”
The question refers to the time that Jobs made a joke about the Apple Newton and its use of a stylus.
Of course, all new Apple products are compatible with the Apple Pencil. Still, it hasn't be as huge of a success as people have wanted, so it makes sense that maybe they will include it with the sale of their newest phone.
It is also true that the Galaxy Note has used a stylus for quite a while, and Apple has followed Samsung's lead before.