A pair of recent reports indicate that this year could bring the first iPhones to offer Apple Pencil support. After the $329 2018 iPad was updated to work with the $99 accessory earlier this year, is this something you’d find useful on the 2018 5.8-inch or 6.5-inch iPhones?

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Speculation on Apple Pencil support for iPhone has been going on for years now. After Tim Cook accidentally referenced Apple Pencil use with iPhone in 2016 ahead of the iPhone 7/7 Plus launch, some thought support was going to come with those devices.

Since then, we’ve seen numerous patents around iPhone use with the accessory, and one report about the possibility of a smaller sized Apple Pencil.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has offered a built-in stylus since the first generation debuted in 2011 with a 5.3-inch screen. The company’s latest, the Note 9, features a 6.4-inch screen with an updated S Pen stylus that can also be used to snap photos and control presentations. Samsung even used the current lack of Apple Pencil support on iPhone as material for its Ingenius ad series.

But while Samsung includes the S Pen with its Note devices, the latest reports haven’t mentioned anything about Apple Pencil being included with the 5.8- or 6.5-inch OLED models that are said to support it. While this could encourage more users who also have a compatible iPad to pick up the $100 accessory, it may be unlikely for users to adopt Apple Pencil on iPhone support alone. Especially when you can pick up a high-rated basic stylus with a fine tip for $11. But of course there’s still the existing Apple Pencil user base who may find support valuable.

Back when Tim Cook slipped and mentioned iPhone Apple Pencil use, 33% of 9to5Mac readers said they’d “definitely” use the Apple stylus with a compatible iPhone, while 35% said “maybe.”

How about you? Whether you’re already using an Apple Pencil with iPad now or not, is iPhone support for the stylus something you’d use? Let us know in the poll and comments below!

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