Where form meets function

Tim Cook might have spoiled one of the biggest surprises set to be unveiled at the iPhone 7 launch event later today.

Journalist John Gruber has astutely picked out a comment made by Cook during a recent interview with Indian TV’s Vikram Chandra, which seems to suggest the Apple Pencil will be coming to the new iPhone. When asked whether Steve Jobs would have been disappointed to see that Apple introduced the stylus with the iPad Pro, something that Jobs had publicly mocked, he replied:

“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. And if you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable. You should really show some of these to your audience.”

It’s possible that Cook simply misspoke, but the addition is certainly plausible. Apple will release new iPad Pro models next year, but with the fate of the iPad mini uncertain, Mac Rumors speculates that the company may scrap it and angle the iPhone 7 Plus as its smallest creative device by adding support for the Apple Pencil. It would also further distinguish the Plus model from its 4.7-inch counterpart, and give Samsung Note7 users another reason to convert now their devices have been recalled.

The good news is that with just hours to go before Apple’s iPhone 7 event, we’ll know for sure later today.

Here’s everything else we know so far about the iPhone 7.

Daniel is the editor of Highsnobiety Life. He grew up in north of England and is now based in Berlin.

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