Apple has historically been very resistant to the inclusion of stylus accessories with its touch-screen devices. The company has never released a first-party stylus – until now. With the release of the iPad Pro, Apple has designed and released the Apple Pencil, which promises to be the best stylus on the market. Does it deliver on this promise?
The first thing to know about the Apple Pencil is that it really is about the exact same size and shape as a regular pencil. It features a removable and replaceable tip where all of the sensitive interface occurs. A lightning plug hides beneath a magnetized cap on the other end that’s cleverly-disguised to resemble an eraser. The stylus has a solid weight to it and, besides a glossy finish that can be slightly slippery, feels good in the hand.
The Apple Pencil sends out a signal to the iPad Pro more than 240 times per second, which creates an incredibly-fluid experience. The device is sensitive enough to understand the difference between writing with the tip of the stylus and shading with the side of the tip. Increasing the pressure will result in darker lines and shading. It’s incredibly precise and incredibly responsive. The iPad Pro is also smart enough to cancel out the pressure from your hand when it’s pressed against the screen during the writing and drawing process. This means that there will never be any confusion about where the Apple Pencil is touching the screen even if your hand is making contact with the device.
The Apple Pencil has a 12 hour battery life, but has a rapid-charging system in place that will give the device 30 minutes of battery power with only 15 seconds worth of charging. An included adapter will let you plug the Pencil into a wall outlet as well as letting you plug it directly into the iPad Pro. At $99 the device is not for everyone. It will likely be hugely successful with artists and graphic designers, but is not an essential tool for the layman. Overall it’s a very strong product that’s sure to be a hit.
Read the full article here: Hands-On With the iPad Pro Apple Pencil