According to a new rumor out of Asia, Apple scrapped plans for a new Apple Pencil at the last minute because it was incompatible with the iPhone.

According to a Weibo post, Apple planned to release the new Apple Pencil at its September event, and even went so far as to mass produce it.

The device used an onboard chip to power the stylus through the iPad or iPhone screen in order to cut costs.

The first- and second- generation Apple Pencils are priced at $129 and $99, respectively.

The Apple Pencil rumors need to be taken with a large pinch of salt since the source has no track record. It's not the first time we've heard rumors of an Apple Pencil being developed to work with phones, none of which have panned out.

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) source: — DuanRui (@duanrui1205) November 24, 2022

Still, a battery-less ‌Apple Pencil‌ would pair well with the latest tenth-generation ‌iPad‌, which comes with a USB-C port and requires an ungainly $9 Lightning dongle to work with the first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌. Again though, why Apple would kill plans for an accessory that had entered mass production is unclear.

Past history suggests that some units will eventually be leaked if it really was a thing. Do you want an Apple Pencil for your phone? We want to know in the comments.