• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacking that old Apple magic

    As a device the pencil is simply excellent, but as a practical accessory it falls just a bit short. First there's the end cap - when charging there's nowhere to store it and I'm fully expecting to lose it one day soon as a result. The same goes for the Lightning adapter, unless you carry the Pencil box around with you. The most annoying thing is there's nowhere to store the Pencil. Why couldn't it have a magnetic strip to attach to the iPad Pro? Alternatively the iPad Pro covers could have included a channel or grip for Pencil storage. As it stands you have to carry Pad and Pencil separately which I think is a nuisance and a rare oversight in an Apple product.

    39 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for drawing!

    If you plan on using the iPad Pro for drawing then you must get the pencil. It's amazing, well made and feels great in your hand. It's worth every penny. The Pro and the pencil work beautifully together allowing you to do more then just draw. The Apple Pencil gives you the control and precision needed for detailed projects and most of the drawing apps have been updated to support the pro/pencil together. It's addicting and hard to put down!

    280 of 346 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best addition to iPad Pro!

    When I bought my iPad Pro I was amazed at all the new abilities it had due to it's power, size and features. But it wasn't until I received my Apple Pencil that the artistic side of the iPad really came to life for me. This "stylus" or simply a digital pencil is the most advanced input device I have ever used with an iPad or any touch screen. This really is a killer feature! The Apple Pencil is amazing for the drawing apps, coloring, shading etc. but it also can be used in every other app just as you would use your finger. I don't use it as a substitution but to do a quick input action while I have it in my hand. There is no lag at all from what I have seen. It "just works." The one thing is that it doesn't have a physical "off switch" so it goes to sleep when it isn't' being used or moved around a lot near the iPad Pro. If you move it around near the iPad Pro however, it doesn't necessarily know that you want it to be asleep. I get all day battery life from it and charge it nightly when I use it daily. It is by far my favorite addition to the iPad Pro! I would say it is a MUST BUY!

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Pencil I have used Ever!!!

    So I am not an artist per say but I have Enjoyed using it to Sketch some Photos and other peoples Sketches using Adobe Sketch App
    I am afraid I will lose either the lighting cover or the female to female adapter so I dare not to take the Pencil out of the house
    The battery life is very nice and I so far have not stuck the Pencil in the side of my iPad but have seen it and it looks very Funny
    I think the apple should make a male to female foot long adapter that you can charge off the iPad while it sites on your desk but not sticking out of the side of the iPad Pro

    I would recommend this to anyone that hasa a iPad pro or is getting a iPad pro that likes to doodle or draw Nice Job Apple on Version 1.0

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing piece of equipment!!

    After having the iPad mini 3 I decided to upgrade to the iPad pro and shortly after purchased this beautiful piece of equipment! It's virtually lag free and is so realistic. At first I thought it wouldn't be very good but after reading up about its features I was amazed at how technical such a slim and sleek piece of Apple equipment can be! A couple of features I found useful are:

    - being able to rest your hand on the screen like resting on paper without it flicking out is outstanding
    - charging it through your iPad is such a sleek technique and then having an adaptor to charge through lightning is so cool
    - using the split screen and being able to record ideas on notes whilst browsing is like having 2 iPad mini's side by side and using them both

    The coolest feature which I was taken away by is the pencil having a weight on one side. Opposite the weight is the apple logo with pencil. So, when you place the pencil down it rolls over with the heavy side down to ensure the branding is facing up!?!? HOW AMAZING!! Overall this is an amazing piece of kit that I highly recommend... Well done Apple you done good... As always!

    63 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    This product may seem simple but if you are the creative type its life changing. I've been an artist my whole life, I even have a real life BFA. I bought the iPad pro because I wanted to explore my creative side again and the Apple Pencil makes the entire experience truly flawless. I've used many many styluses before and none of them come close to the experience you receive with the pencil. Extremely accurate and very smooth. Love this product and it feels incredible to hold.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    End cap is easily lost

    A great product but the idea of the magnetically detachable cap over the charging port is a bad one as this tiny item is easily lost destroying the feel and aesthetics of the pencil.

    So mine is lost within a month, it would be more sensible to ship a second cap with the pen than a second nib as at least the nib is hard to lose.

    138 of 179 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    IPadPro plus the Apple Pencil Works absolutely great!

    I have been waiting for a long time to have an electronic "notebook" with handwriting and drawing capability from Apple. The iPadPro is the perfect format size. Finally it is here!! But it would be great if Apple can get the iOS versions for Pages and Keynote to work with the Pencil soon.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Steve Jobs has left the building

    It's pretty fun to draw with, but that is about it.

    Cons:
    - No place to store the cap when charging.
    - Cap wobbles, the tolerance is very poor for an apple product.
    - If you want to charge it outside plugging into the tablet so it sticks out like a branch on a tree, your only option is a very tiny, easy to lose female/female adapter.
    - No place to store the pencil with the iPad Pro - every time I see a MS Surface user magnet attach their pencil to their table, I get jealous.

    Would not buy again.
    Would not recommend to a friend.

    44 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW, It's Amazing

    I used to write notes on paper but now with Apple pencil and iPad pro i am so much organized. The writing is smooth, very easy to use, fast and easy to charge. Fun to use for daily tasks, this is not just for professionals to sketch it's also good for students, mom, dad etc... Beautiful looking pencil, high quality material used to form this pencil. Must have one, thumbs up Apple.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing design, durable!

    The Apple pencil is an amazing product. I can't believe how life like and responsive the pencil performs. It's an accurate representation of pencil to paper. I too have dropped the pencil and in no way shape or form has it bent or shown any indication of breaking. My two young children also use the pencil and they adore using it to create pictures and practice their letters. I would highly recommend this product. The design and feel of the pencil is top notch...Apple's design team turned a simple, every day design into a next generation designing tool. No complaints, very happy customer.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Other Stylus Compares In Performance and Design

    I've had my Apple Pencil for a couple weeks now and can say confidently that this is the best computing accessory that Apple has come out with in years.

    Competition
    I've tried them all. I have the 53 Pencil ($50), the Adonit Jot Touch ($99) and many others. I thought it didn't get any better than the Adonit Jot Touch (which is a great BLE hard tip stylus), but within a few seconds of using Apple Pencil it become immediately obvious that it's leaps ahead of anything else out there.

    I need to take a lot of notes for work on a daily basis. Until recently the Goodnotes App on my iPad Air 2 and the Jot Touch was my Go-To alternative for replacing pen/paper and converting handwriting to text. Now I'm using the Apple Pencil with Goodnotes and OneNote exclusively for everything... and it's awesome.

    Couldn't be more impressed with its performance.

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil rocks!

    We've just bought an apple pencil and an iPad pro and it is revolutionary! Incredible drawing power with zero latency. The Adobe apps work best, particularly Adobe Sketch and Adobe Draw. Life is beautiful!

    184 of 225 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good so far

    Matches my Wacom.

    Charging is a bit fiddly, I don't like that I have to plug the thing in. Perhaps v2 could charge via the SmartConnector? At this point, the (Apple) world needs a powered Lightning hub... (-1 point for that)

    Also, as the other review pointed out, it likes to roll off my desk. The size doesn't bother me, but that it likes to escape and drop to the floor is annoying. I get it that edges are not Apple's thing - make v2 slightly oval instead of perfectly round, problem solved.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super amazing

    I don't own a Mac. So I ain't no kool aid drinking apple fanatic. But I love iPad and I absolutely love iPad Pro for taking notes in college classes. I used many styluses before and they all had substantial limitations in one way or another. I'm talking about the expensive ones too. Apple Pencil is a dream, esp when paired with GoodNotes 4. Works ok with PDF Expert 5, but magic with GoodNotes 4. Super detailed responsiveness, nice pressure functionality, etc. I've done some drawing with it in other drawing programs and it works well there too. My only complaint, which I really hope Apple will address in next version is that it is slick feeling, especially when using for extended period of time and fingers get a little moist/sweaty. I put one of those old school rubber grippy things on mine, which offends the otherwise good design. Still, this thing is far above any other stylus on the market and the extra 40% of screen real estate on iPad pro..... What a dream combo.... Nice work Apple.

    201 of 229 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I am going to lose this thing

    I think by now, anyone buying or about to buy or considering buying this device knows about its technical chops. It definitely surpasses my Cintiq's stylus enough to be noticeable, and leaves any existing ipad styluses in the dust (by a wide margin). Not here to debate any of that. And I do genuinely enjoy drawing with it -- I hope in time the apps and the environment in general will evolve and improve, but time will tell. I don't even miss the, until now, ubiquitous eraser all that much. It'd be nice to have, but the convenience of charging the thing wins out.

    My only real gripe with this product is the fact that Apple seems to have done everything in their power to make it imminently loseable. I WILL lose this pencil, it's only a matter of time. There's no magnetic snapping mechanism to keep it snugly tied to my ipad. Every case I've purchased that gives any consideration to the pencil seems to have done so only as a brief afterthought. My current case, although quite nice and sturdy, secures the pencil with but a mere elastic band that doesn't hold it securely at all. And the thing is completely round, for crying out loud. Most pencils are multisided to prevent them from rolling off your desk every time you set it down. And given that many of us artists work on a slanted surface, the amount of times I've had to pick this thing up off the floor in the short time i've had it is truly staggering.

    Apple, I'm begging you, put that reputation for innovation to use and come up with a way to give us consumers, those willing to pay $100 for a stylus we can only use with a $1200 tablet, the small peace of mind that we're not going to lose it the first time we sit down at a starbucks and hammer out a sketch.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great precision!

    The pen works perfectly and charges really fast.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best stylus I've seen

    Works as advertised. I loved my 53 Pencil until I got my Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil along with the iPad Pro have set new high bars for styli and tablets. Unless your desk is at a slant, it won't roll off. Due to the arrangement of internal components, the center of gravity is offset from the axis of the shaft. If you give it a shove, it will roll a ways and wobble to a stop. A round shaft is not uncommon. I began my career as an architect in the pre-CAD days, and I had pens and pencils with round shafts. A round shaft actually feels more comfortable to me, but that, of course, is a personal preference. The Apple Pencil has a nice weight to it, and it's perfectly balanced. It feels good in the hand.

    Yes, pencils are dropped, but your Apple Pencil is not just another pencil. It's a precision instrument and deserves extra care. The Apple Pencil will attach magnetically to a Smart Cover just like the 53 Pencil does, although I don't recommend carrying either one that way. They will both fall off easily. I bought an inexpensive Case Star pencil case. It has room for my Apple Pencil plus my 53 Pencil and Sensa fountain and ballpoint pens. It's small enough to slip in my pocket.

    Think about this: if you had an expensive fountain pen and you accidentally dropped it and it hit point on, it would surely sustain damage. You would take care to protect your fine instrument. Do the same with your Apple Pencil. It's worth a little TLC.

    126 of 148 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing for what it is...!

    Overall I'm really impressed with the Pencil when paired with the right software such as Procreate. I've been using Wacom Cintiqs professionally for the better part of a decade and I'm really blown away how much more natural the Pencil feels compared to Wacom's offerings. The tracking and accuracy is excellent, and there's little to no parallax effect - where you put the stylus down is where the line goes - unlike Cintiqs which because of the gap between the surface and the LCD.

    The Pencil is a bit slippery at first (especially compared to a Wacom pen) but it soon becomes a non issue and it feels a lot more like an actual pen or pencil than a digital tool. At first I thought the lack of a dedicated eraser tip would be a big deal, and also the lack of physical side buttons, but after a while you realize that those things aren't needed. It works and feels like a real drawing implement, totally intuitive and natural.

    My original intention for getting the Pencil (along with the iPad Pro) was to have a mobile sketch station - generate sketches while away from my office or home and then bring the back to a "real" computer to finish them. I've used other similar products in the past, from a Surface Pro to a Modbook, but this is by far the best setup I've come across. Even though I don't intend to use the iPad Pro and Pencil to generate fully fleshed out illustrations, it certainly feels like a powerful enough setup that you could. I don't plan on it replacing my Cintiq anytime soon - but as a portable art station - I've never come across anything better.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it!

    If you enjoy sketching or drawing on any level you'll love the Apple Pencil! I've wanted a stylus for an iPad forever and it finally came out. I've tried a ton of tablets with styli and the pencil feels the most natural.

    5 of 6 people found this useful