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IN THE early hours of Thursday morning (AEST) the world will get its first glimpse of the new iPhone.
There has been a lot of ink given to what we can all expect from the new version of the company’s flagship product but there’s one likely feature that no one is talking about.
Apple likes to keep something up its sleeve for big product unveils and New York-based writer and filmmaker Adario Strange thinks he knows what it is.
Writing for Mashable, he laid out his rather convincing theory that Apple will follow Samsung and include a pencil or stylus with the iPhone 7 handset.
Back in June, the tech giant showed off a new messaging feature in iOS 10 which included “smart emojis”. Among other nifty things, the update allowed users to draw and hand write messages directly — demonstrated by company employees at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
“These weren’t smiley faces and hearts you draw on your Apple Watch with your finger, these were, at least in one case, fairly detailed graffiti drawings,” Mr Strange wrote.
“That was the first time I felt sure the Apple Pencil was coming to the iPhone. In fact, I’d be surprised if the person on the other end of that demo wasn’t already using the Apple Pencil on the iPhone.”
That’s not the only evidence to suggest Apple will include a pencil with its new device.
An interview given by CEO Tim Cook in May confirmed the man at the helm of the world’s most valuable company is a big fan of what a stylus-like appendage can add to the user experience.
“If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that Pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable,” he said during an interview with NDTV.
Apple released the larger “Plus” sized model with its iPhone 6 range and will continue to offer the larger option with the iPhone 7. So it makes perfect sense for it to now include a pencil for the iPhone after road testing it with the iPad Pro.
However the Apple Pencil has a price tag of $165 in the Australian Apple store, so hopefully the iPhone version will come included with the device.
“The Apple Pencil coming to Apple’s smartphone should really come as no surprise to those who have been watching the trajectory of the iPhone closely,” Mr Strange wrote.

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