For now, the iPhone 11 doesn't seem interesting enough to sway me from my perpetual ambivalence to Apple smartphones – they all seem like phones that struggle to keep up with Android competitors but send for twice as much price – but it may be a unit in the works that change my mind.
If rumors are to be believed, the iPhone 11 release will also bring the surprise as the reveal of the iPhone 11 Pro; a handset that is top-end even by iPhone standards, one that comes with an Apple Pencil stylus, and probably a large screen.
This iPhone 11 Pro has not been confirmed in any way, but there have been enough leaks around the handset that we can take them seriously, and it has us considering the possibility of Apple taking its iPhones down the track iPad ̵[ads1]1; and brings out several different variants, led by the powerful iPad Pro .
If it really is, the iPhone 11 Pro will be a major departure from previous iPhones – and this intrigues me, since I don't think most iPhones will improve enough between iterations. While I still respect Apple's products – iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is my go-to tablet – I've always felt that the phones are a bit disappointing.
But if the iPhone 11 Pro rumors turn out to be true, it may be the first Apple phone I'm actually interested in, or dare I say, excited. Here's why.
What makes the iPhone 11 Pro so different?
While we do not know the processing power, dimensions, camera specifications or special features of the iPhone 11 Pro, what we have heard is that it may come with a smaller Apple Pencil pen, similar to the S pen that comes with Samsung Galaxy Note 10 .
In Note 10, the S Pen has a number of useful features. You can take notes, draw and comment, as well as use several gestures that trigger functions, such as taking pictures. Although similar in terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy S10 presents a completely different phone experience than the Note 10, and that's because it doesn't have the stylus.
This distinction will potentially be repeated in the iPhone 11 Pro. Assuming the base iPhone 11 is a small step up from the iPhone XS the Pro will be the device that brings interesting new changes to the iPhone series, and it's a step up that is rare in Apple's phone range.  What's so special about a stylus?
A pen is not only a replacement for a finger for people who still have dirty hands, but a peripheral that provides an extra layer of functionality to your handset.
The reason for this is that it is only easier to draw with a stylus than with a finger. Styluses are designed to draw on smartphone screens, and the experience of drawing is smoother because it's less friction than when using a human finger.
On top of that, we humans are trained to write and draw with pencil, not with our fingers, so it's more natural to use a stylus, and much more precisely too.
Have you ever tried to take quick notes with a smartphone? Writing effectively on such a small keyboard is difficult, and handwritten notes often look giggly when you use your finger. However, when you use a stylus, it is easy to quickly write notes and thoughts while on the move.
You can also draw and comment on documents, so much easier with a stylus, and it feels much more natural to do all these things.
Why is this so exciting?
I like to take notes, sign forms, and comment on documents – I currently use an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil for this, but it can be quite annoying to have to pull it out of my bag every time I need to do a quick task. A phone with a stylus would be valuable.
Yes, I could have bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but I'm a big fan of the iPad Pro, and really respect how Apple's device ecosystem works smoothly. However, I haven't gone the phone route yet because, frankly, iPhones just seem a little boring and Android phones are all a lot more exciting at the moment.
But if Apple were to bring out an iPhone 11 Pro with a stylus, designed for professionals or creatives, it would leave the other iPhones in the dust, and I'd be able to get that much more mileage out of it.
By writing this topic, I have managed to predict myself a device that is not even remotely verified by Apple and it is worth remembering that it is quite possible that the iPhone 11 Pro is not a thing (or it ends up being called something completely different). Rumors and leaks sometimes point to real entities, but just as often they are completely false.
Saying that, I'm not alone in hoping Apple finds a new way to make the iPhone 11 range a real step up from iPhone X – kind of step like the iPhone The XS was not – and a stylus-toting high-end device would be just that handset.