BuyBackWorld Reviews the Apple Pencil iPad Stylus
There were some eye rolls when Apple announced their latest tablet, the iPad Pro, and it’s somewhat unnecessary accessory-the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil, which is essentially a stylus, costs an extra $99 and works only with the iPad. Why should consumers pay this much for a simple stylus? Is the Apple Pencil really a worthwhile investment for iPad users? Let’s find out.
The Apple Pencil works like an ordinary stylus. It allows users to draw on the iPad’s screen, select apps, and make menu selections. The Pencil is powered with some pretty cool tech, which uses Bluetooth connectivity to make the Pencil compatible with the iPad. Once you charge up the Pencil, it will power on for 12 hours, which is pretty impressive in itself.
Tech experts claim that the Pencil is a beautiful tech instrument, and useful in many ways, especially when it comes to drawing and graphic design. One of the only downsides to using the Pencil is that there are no good ways to store it on the iPad. The cool thing about the Apple Pencil is that it enables you to write in a natural way on the screen, and the result doesn’t look digital. This is definitely a plus for many reviewers.
The Apple Pencil also makes it easy to select text and highlight words. You may find that you replace your traditional cursor with the Apple Pencil. One tech reviewer from 9 to 5 Mac says that the Apple Pencil is “the best writing tool yet.” What comes up again and again in the Apple Pencil reviews is mostly the weight of the Pencil; the Apple Pencil is slightly weighted and includes magnets inside, so users must take some time to get used to the weight of the Pencil.
The Pencil is sensitive, and allows you to make thicker marks or thinner lines depending on how you press down on it, which is pretty cool. This allows more versatility when writing and drawing.
So what are the downsides to using the Apple Pencil? Well, you can only try it out if you’re willing to shell out for an iPad Pro-the Pencil isn’t compatible with any other iPads at this time. Though the Pencil comes with one replacement tip and the tips do wear out eventually, there are no available tips for purchase through the Apple store.
The Apple Pencil is also a bit harder to come by than most Apple devices, and you may have to order it if you can’t find it in a store (which seemed to be the case for many Pencil reviewers.) Though all in all, it seems that the Apple Pencil is both fun and functional. However, it’s not completely necessary, and the iPad Pro works just fine without it.
Would you consider using the Apple Pencil, despite the steep price tag?