• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's.... Really Bad. Don't buy it.

    • Written by Madi D from Rapid City

    I got mine with a gift card less than a month ago, used it a few times and noticed that my hand would cramp very badly after only an hr or so of use. Went to pick up the stylus for my Wacom tablet and was shocked by how light it was.. turns out the apple pencil weighs a TON for something so small and its "sleek" design means its hard to hold on to. Thus, hand cramps. I was gonna buy a pencil grip from Walmart to see if that would help, but it doesnt matter because it died on me. Didn't charge it for a couple days, now it wont hold a charge at all. I'm glad I got it using a gift card, because its an absolute waste of $100. I'm honestly mad I had to spend $6 of tax on it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy hardware

    • Written by Sri Y from Cardiff

    I used the pencil less than 5times, left uncharged for awhile and now completely unable to pair and charge. Useless product. Why even bother making this kind of lousy product. I am an Apple product lover but honestly this is completely rubbish. Doesn’t even deserve that one star. If I could, I would just give 0!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Must have accessory for iPad

    • Written by Kyle K from Hong Kong

    It’s a must-have accessory for any iPad. Now I take all my notes and draw with it on my iPad.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken tip...good luck

    • Written by S Franklin W from Johnson City

    Worked fine until the tip broke leaving 1/3 of the tip inside the pencil. Good luck getting it out without damaging the pencil. This is a serious design flaw from a company priding itself on design. I would not recommend any "pencil" that leaves a portion of the breakable tip internal to the device and inaccessible for removal and replacement. $100 rendered obsolete by a $5 piece of plastic. Unacceptable Apple.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Started Strong but Broke

    • Written by Ben C from Swansea

    To begin my pencil was amazing, making university notes was a lot easier. But after a year or so my pen has began to glitch. I use Notability to write notes and when drawing a line it will cut off in various parts (making it impossible to efficiently write). I have tried tightening, loosening and replacing the pen nib, reconnecting the bluetooth connection and restarting the iPad yet nothing works. I am unable to afford a new one and so am left with a semi broken pen. Before the pen mysteriously broke it was brilliant and I would have recommended.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil as waste of my time.

    • Written by Trevor C from Orange

    I have been a great supporter of Apple products for many, many years. My last iPad Pro plus Apple Pencil were a great team. Unfortunately, I was convinced to upgrade to the latest due. The iPad Pro is definitely better, though I'm not sure enough to warrant the cost. The new Apple Pencil is nothing more than a waste of both time and money. My major use is research, so with software such as PDF Expert, the use of both is essential. If I leave my Apple Pencil for more than a few minutes it disconnects. The real problem is obtaining a reconnection. Sometimes it takes in excess of 15 minutes for successful connection. The response is "connected", but that's not to say that it actually works. Totally a NEGATIVE from me!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Life expectancy is too short.

    • Written by Aneudy M from Worcester

    After 7 month of use the pencil would die on a daily basis. By one year the apple pencil wouldn't charge. giving that you pay 100 and only last a year is too much money.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product failed after second use

    • Written by Eric S from New Hyde Park

    I used this pencil twice without issue, trying to use it s third time failed to work. My Apple Pencil is dead and I barely used it at all. This is a faulty product and should be recalled.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Best for morse code and first grade handwriting

    • Written by Johan T from Linköping

    Click click click. It is so loud I had to put masking tape on the nib to reduce the clicking. It is ridiculous that there are no alternative nibs.
    I have used this inferior product for a month now and I still write like I did in elementary school. I do not do this with pen and paper, nor on my Surface Pro with a Surface Pen (which is far superior to the Apple Pencil). I honestly write pretty well normally.

    I'm glad to see the mediocre rating it has here, because I was surprised after reading/watching so many positive reviews in the tech press compared to how bad my experience was. It might be good for artists, but for note taking it is a horrible product.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died so young

    • Written by Frankie H from Arlington

    I only used this pencil once. I kept it in the case for many weeks. Now that I need it, nothing. Dead and gone. What a waste of money. Never again!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok

    • Written by yang N from Fremont

    The battery charges very fast, however, it does not last when being used. Even when it's fully charged and left unused the pencil will completely drain by itself in a few days.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery has died after not using it for a few months

    • Written by Praniti T from Nashua

    I have no more trust in Apple accessories. Both keyboard cover and the pen died in just over a year. I have always thought that Apple products are of high standard and passed rigorously design/test, so it deserves the high price tag because it would last a long time, but I was wrong; these accessories don't hold that esteem, Now I suspect quality of all the products which were designed after Steve Jobs' era. (iPad, iPhone and maybe Mac are still fine since it keeps the same design since its glorious day.)

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dies forever if left uncharged

    • Written by Angela A from Lafayette

    Worked very well when I first got it. Didn’t use it for a few days. Battery died and is not serviceable. Will not charge or pair. Is now completely useless. Complete scam as they do not tell you this. Disappointed.

    30 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love the pencil but....

    • Written by Amoodha A from Honey Brook

    I just received my Apple Pencil 1st generation to use with my 2nd generation 12.9 inches iPad Pro. I inspected the pencil and the extra tip and the adapter it came with. I like that there is a extra tip and the adapter to use the cable to charge the pencil rather than sticking the pencil to the iPad to charge it. I read several reviews and watched you tube reviews for a month before making the decision. Many reviews did mention the adapter although I didn’t understand what it was. So I was very glad when I saw the adapter and found the purpose.

    The only thing I am not happy about is the cap for the charging tip. It wasn’t snug so I called the customer service of the store I bought the pencil thinking it was damaged. After calling I searched fore cap reviews and found out the cap is magnetic. I really do not like the design of the cap and the magnet isn't very strong. I'm afraid it's going to get knocked off and lost. I bought the accessories made by Finite and sold by amazon. It comes with a silicon cap for tip and tethers for the cap and the adapter. Hopefully I won’t lose the cap and the adapter.
    I charged the pencil for half hour and I am not sure how long it will last. Yet to check out the widget. I wish that the pen would light up and show you how much battery you have left on it.
    I am not an artist. I bought the pencil to take notes on one note and convert it to typed text. So far I am very happy with the pencil except of course the magnetic cap. Hoping apple will design a more secure cap.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs redesign. Probably planned obsolescence. Don’t buy this garbage!

    • Written by Wesley G from Milwaukie

    1. There’s no easy way to keep your pencil with your iPad and to protect it when not in use. Not even third party accessories suffice IMO.
    2. It’s too easy to misplace cap, adapter, and the pencil itself.
    3. To charge it after you’ve lost the charging adapter (pretty much guaranteed) you must plug it in to the charging port on the iPad. This leaves it sticking out where it’s easy to bump. This sometimes breaks off the male lightning adapter from the pencil, lodging it into the port on the iPad. Effectively breaking both devices.
    4. Doesn’t have an “eraser” end.
    5. Too slick.
    6. Stays connected to Bluetooth when not in use. Battery is constantly being drained.

    In my opinion there shouldn’t be extra parts besides the extra tips and you should be able to store them inside the pen itself. The charging end should be female. The protective cap should be large enough to store the extra tips in, have the smarts to be used as an eraser in compatible apps, and be threaded or hinged, so it stays with the pencil.

    I specifically bought my iPad Pro 10.5 so I could use the pencil. If I had known what I know now, I would have purchased a Microsoft Surface instead. Apparently they’ve fixed some of the design flaws with the 2nd gen pencils but they are only compatible with the iPad Pro 11” and 12.9”. So unless I buy a newer iPad and pencil, I’m out of luck. I really hope they make a new version of the pencil that is compatible with more iPads soon. If apple doesn’t, (considering the iPad Pro 10.5 is less than 2 years old) I will assume this is a version of planned obsolescence.

    - Sent from my buyers remorse filled iPad-

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don’t Buy!

    • Written by Victor S from Round Rock

    So, I bought the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the keyboard all to go along with my iPad Pro. I tested them first thing, and worked great! I kept the box to keep it in because there were extremely small charging parts for the pencil. About four days of use later, I opened the box for the pencil and there it was. I put the lightning plug in the port and it a pop-up message said “Connection took too long, make sure your Apple Pencil is charged in range and turned on.” I tried over and over, to the point where I gave up and tried to find YouTube videos on how to fix my problem. All of the videos were outdated. So then, I started to read comments or reviews on this product and all of them said that they got a pop-up message like I did, they sold it quickly, or they didn’t like the pencil in general. I don’t know why I didn’t read reviews on this product before I bought it because literally all of them are either one star ratings, or serious complaints. I am either going to complain to apple about my issue, or sell my pencil. Pleas don’t buy this product unless you know what you are doing, or they make a new upgraded working version of the Apple Pencil.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Aesthetics over function, overdesigned in wrong places

    • Written by Stephen G from Great Falls

    Lots of money for a half-considered product. Ever since the iPhone 7 with no headphone jack Apple has lost touch with how people actually use things. No on/off switch, no way to really attact it to a device, and a cap to lose when charging it.... where have all the designers gone?

    Also - rating system insists I give at least one star. No stars would be more appropriate.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but...

    • Written by Vinh P from Beaverton

    I like the Apple Pencil. But it’s just a fragile little pen. I had in my backpack and when I need to use it, the top part of the pencil cracked and now the lighting part of the pen is bent. The pen is super responsive, but it’s kind of fragile if you keep it in a backpack full of books, binders and other things. Would’ve given it four or five stars if it were constructed better.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    • Written by David R from Iowa Falls

    Out of warranty used very little, it keeps changing from pencil, to marker making it difficult to use. Loved it at first, looking to buy a different brand. I’m guessing they make these not work to sell you another one, sorry Apple, you got me once, not twice.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Chris C from Crawley

    Unbelievably, when the iPad screen is clean, the Pencil squeaks! When it encounters fingerprints, it gets stuck.
    My old Pencil on my 9.7” Pro doesn’t do this. So it must be down to screen design, as they both use the same nibs.

    But as an accessibility aid it is great when used with AssistiveTouch.

    2 of 5 people found this useful