• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FRAGILE Two pencils broken in only FOUR months

    I didn't think anything could ever come between me and my love for Apple and their products. Then along came the Apple Pencil. The honest truth is that these pencils are made to be looked at, not used, not touched. Put it in a glass display case and show your friends the bright white terror that has me so frustrated at this point that I cannot possibly carry on buying Apple products. $2500 worth of Apple products in this years first quarter just for leisure devices and I'm stuck with nothing in return other the gut wrenching fact that I have a third pencil to purchase. That's $300 worth of pencil, which almost translates into $100 month to use my iPad Pro. I'm so upset that I lm literally considering putting all of my Apple stuff into the dumpster because I hate being reminded of the scam I've experienced with the Apple Pencil. The pencils were damaged by 1.) a fall from desk onto my office floor. Completely wiped it out instantly. 2.) A small kitten jumped onto my couch and nibbled on the pen leaving a couple very light markings that have caused the pen to malfunctions and it will not even start to function. Since these are technically not apples fault I'm left with the most expensive fragile junk plastic I've ever bought. Finished with this company as quickly as they first earned my business.

    62 of 85 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just OK...perhaps 2.0 will be better...

    After several months with this device and an iPad Pro it seems like this device could have been a whole lot better. It does have good battery life which is a nice perk. The biggest problem I have faced is it is very expensive for what you get and does not even have a way to fasten it to a shirt pocket or anything else for that matter. It is almost like they were planning for it to be lost quickly. The cap on the top is totally non functional and again a good item to get lost in a hurry. The components seem well designed but the overall function of it as far as day to day use seems to have escaped its engineers. I had to go to a third party to get something to attach it to my iPad Pro. Ridiculous that a almost 100 bucks there is no decent way to keep the iPad Pro and this item together. Seems like for the cost the iPad Pro should have some dock built in for charging and storage in my opinion. Perhaps 2.0 will get it right. My advice to Apple put a clip on it first of all so it does not want to roll off the desk.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, albeit a tad expensive

    This Pencil is simply awesome. I have taken many notes for work using the Pencil, and never had a problem.

    The downsides of this pencil is, (I) it is to long, so it cannot fit into my shirt pocket, (II) lacks clip to attach it to the Smart Cover or simply shirt.

    Oh, in case there's some of you who doesn't know, if you are charging the Pencil, you can put the cap in the iPad's body, precisely above the speaker grill. The cap will simply stick there, avoiding the chances it would get lost while charging.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ignore all the negative reviews!

    I never understood trolls!

    If you bought iPad Pro, then you MUST get Apple Pencil. It is just that good. After using Apple Pencil, I can not go back to any other stylus, and believe me, I have tried almost all of them. This is simply the best stylus ever created for iPad Pro. The feeling of overflowing ink in the precise manner when you write or draw something on the screen is way superior than any other similiar products. Apple has spoilt us with amazing engieering design.

    25 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for drawing (not for painting)

    The Apple Pencil is perfect for drawing and illustration. Drawing with the pencil and Procreate on an iPad Pro is a beautiful experience. But the pencil is not good for painting broader brush strokes. A thicker rubber tipped stylus is still better for painting.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil

    Once I heard of the Apple Pencil I was very excited. I found out quickly that it wasn't as cool as it was made out to be. 1.) being a student I thought there was already a programmed app like "keynote" "ipages" "I tunes" but one specifically for taking notes written on the iPad that would turn the words into letters as if they were being typed. Apple has so many amazing features I thought how is it possible they don't have a main programmed build in app for this service. Writing things down in class is proven to reinforce things into your long term memory better. 2.) why is so much of the focus on drawing. Are there that many artist? That Apple had to direct the app towards them? Why not students for taking notes in class? Ipages have the ability to have an option to type the words or write them. Basically useful general functions instead of specific limited task.

    45 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels Like Plastic on Plastic

    I was very excited to try the Apple Pencil. Sure, it responds well to pressure, and provides a more realistic output. Sure, it has a reasonable battery life, and an excellent way to recharge on the go. Unfortunately, these are the only things Apple seemed to pay attention to. I never expected that the pencil would just feel "bad" to use. It slides across the iPad Pro screen. Slides. It feels like plastic on plastic. No tactile response, no give at all like graphite against paper or even most styli against a screen. This unpleasant sensation of using the Apple Pencil has been more than enough to keep me from preferring it over pen and paper or mouse and MacBook Pro when all things are equal.

    Other issues: The Apple Pencil is too long and too heavy. It has a smooth plastic case that feels hard and uninteresting; there are no gel grips, no color options, and no consideration of tactile enjoyment at all, it seems. There's also no clip, as many have discussed, which means this loves to roll. And there's no casing or cover for the tip, which I discovered was a huge problem the moment I stuck it in a bag with my other pens and pencils. It came out stained with graphite left behind by the pencils. Very attractive. And, of course, the charging port in the back is covered by a tiny cover that would just love to get lost.

    Overall, some of the power of this device is truly incredible: It creates output very similar to a variety of pens, pencils, etc., when paired with proper apps and the iPad Pro. So, three stars for doing these central things and doing them impressively well.

    Minus 2 stars, though, for (1) just being unpleasant and uncomfortable to use, (2) design flaws having to do with weight, length, no cap for the tip, easy-lose cap on the other end, (3) general fragility, (4) aesthetic blahness, and (5) no available replacement tips.

    Save your money until Mac makes a better Apple Pencil.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly poor design and flimsy construction for a hundred bucks

    The cap can only fit on the lightning connector. It should snap onto the point so you don't lose it while charging. The lightning adaptor is likewise losable; it could have been part of the cap, but no, we have two roll-around, easily lost vital parts. The spare tip makes three. This is, after all, a MOBILE device. Why make vital components that are guaranteed to be lost?

    The Pencil runs down even when you are not using it and it cannot be turned off, so expect it to run down every few days just for existing. But, they let you plug it into the iPad! Great/terrible idea. Yes, it charges. But if anyone picks up the iPad with the Pencil plugged in, we find out how incredibly flimsy the pen body is; about a half a millimeter in thickness. Snap! There goes the pen(cil).

    Oh, it works well enough, apart from the horrendous design.

    40 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil is not working.

    It's so hard to be paired and let alone working.
    It does not work.
    I did so many times of rebooting, tightening the tip, Forget this Device button, switching on and off Bluetooth and so on and on as suggested in various users forums.
    Nothing worked.
    I'm using another stylus which is simpler but works .
    Big disappointment.

    24 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb stylus, some room for improvement

    I have used the iPad Pro for some time now and ordered it with two Pencils and bought another later. I am severely disabled and have only partial feeling in my hands and problems holding small things. The reason for buying three Pencils is the risk of damage from my electrically adjustable chair/wheelchair which have eaten many styli. By buying three I have guaranteed this never to happen again!

    I think the Pro needs two styli, one charging, one in use. I find the weight and diameter suit me quite well and pencil (old type - for god's sake rename it) sleeves of various designs and materials are available at stationers and disability shops.

    I have tried every electronic stylus out there and all others are a botch job. The new stylus is so accurate one forgets about it in use. I do a lot of painting (Procreate is best) and graphic design (Graphic is one of the best vector drawing Apps) and love using it.

    As noted by other reviewers, it would be nice to be able to use different tips but the two supplied with each stylus seem very durable - I have dropped stylus point first onto a hard floor many times, used it to get into film wrapped items and I use the Pro and stylus all day and night if I can't sleep (I just used it to scratch my knee!) and the first tip is still going strong.

    The room for improvement in the title refers to several design matters. I would like to see it supplied with cap holders as I have lost most of mine - they are available on Amazon and to me they are essential, they also stop it rolling away. A pocket/case clip would be useful - again you can use a third party one but shouldn't need to. Lastly, it would be nice to have one or more buttons as most styluses do. I still miss just clicking a single button to undo and the same for redo.

    Other than price and the niggles above, I am completely satisfied with the product and the IPad Pro, together they kick metaphorical sand in the face of graphics tablets

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should have thought past the pencil

    Very good device, with good feel and ergonomics. That said, it is dumbfounding that it did not occur to anyone to design this device with a pocket clip, or a sleeve with a clip, or the means to protect the pencil and its parts from being lost, or an integrated sleeve included in the cover and/or external cover/keyboard, or ...

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Shorter, fatter, please

    It's great but....
    The male connection is a pain
    It's too long for any known pocket
    Make it shorter and fatter with a clip - maybe talk to a good pen/cil maker like Lamy
    But it works well, please don't change that!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well enough but design is not friendly

    I have had the pencil just over two months in conjunction with a 9.7 iPad Pro and a survivor slim case. While the pencil works well enough I have some issues. I have lost the cap twice and the connector adapter once. Try being on the road working and you notice it fell off the pencil while on the case . It's gone and now the pencil is essentially useless. I have also lost the tip once , it screws on and it has not ratcheting lock on the thread so as you write it slowly loosens. Again on the road and the pen is kaput.
    It would be nice if I could also locate my pencil , in a way similar to a tile so when it falls off the holder I can locate it.
    As for now if you really need a stylus check to see if one of the cheaper ones will do. I say this as my pencil ( the second) is lost and I'm out another $129.00

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY IT---worthless

    As nice as the feature of the pencil are, it is a poorly designed product and I promise you that you will lose it. it has no clip and the magnet is not strong enough to keep it attached. there is nothing to stop it from rolling off your desk. and it is so long that it doesn't even fit properly in my suit jacket pocket, or in a pair of jeans. It is overpriced. You will Lose it, and apple care will not cover its loss. It is a joke, and another example of apple repeated ability to blow up every recent device they have invented.

    37 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    After three years of trying stylus after stylus, I can say without a doubt that my search is over.
    I love this combo, and although it does take some time to get the feel for, I have no regrets on my purchase. It's nice to see that the replacement tips are now here. And I'm well aware that this is the 1st generation of this pencil and there will be an ongoing evolution of the product.

    Good job Apple.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too loud... In fact maddeningly loud.

    If you are at all bothered by sound avoid at all costs. I'm mortified at just how loud this thing is. Even pressing the smallest amount creates this giant noise that when handwriting turns into something resembling a broken garage disposal. Tap - tap - tap... It never freaking ends. Apple, you made a great stylus - the best stylus - for the deaf.

    41 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Great Stylus. It fell out of my pocket while running in the rain to a restaurant. 3 days later, a friend of mine said they saw a nice white pen by the restaurant on the ground on the same day. We went back and found the apple pencil in a bush. It worked fine despite being in the rain. The palm rejection is delightful, no problem taking notes while resting my hand on the screen. For apps that don't fully support the apple pencil, I just used a trimmed Buddy Stylus by Sensu on the other side of the pencil. Tapping noise from the hard tip on the screen seems a bit loud, but wasn't enough to be distracting to people around me.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful gadget!

    I started the 'stylus' adventure about six months ago - before the 9.7" iPad Pro came out. I probably bought 4 or 5 stylus (Styli?) before settling on a Mako as the the best one. Still, I found it so frustrating to use the stylus that I gave up using it. Seemed like every time I touched the screen I had some sort of transient on the the document that I had to erase. Just seemed like more work than it was worth.

    Last Saturday, I picked up the 9.7" iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Have been using it for three days now and could not recommend it more highly. Just a pleasure to use! Mostly, I take notes and doing very simple drawings with it - I am not a graphic artist - so the application I use for the most part is Goodnotes.

    Still worth every penny and I pray that I can keep track of it and NOT LOSE IT because it is small and seems to roll around quite a bit. I say that half in jest. This is a great addition to my Apple product setup.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it just get a cap holder.

    Love it, love it, love it. Its insanely accurate and most of all pressure sensitive. Had a collection of stylus's this beats them all by far. Its just about replaced my Cintiq (which is great) but you can't beat the portability with iPad. Its truly like holding a pencil. Only minor cons are the the cap and the charge adapter pieces that you are just destined to loose, in fact I have already lost the cap...lol. no biggie just getting a cap holder / Pencil-cozy on amazon it attaches to the shaft of the pencil and you insert the cap on the other end, order the one for the charge adapter as well that attaches to a charging cord. I also which it had an indicator light or something that would let you know it needed charging. It just stops working and your like ok what happened...minor and actually getting used to it, and it does last for hours and has a quick charge feature for you plug right into the pad. I also wish it attached somehow to the iPad, meaning like a magnet or just a place to slip it into even if on the cover. I order a couple things to try for that as well. These again are minor cons and I would take them any day. Its uses, feel and capabilities are by far just plain awesome.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Pencil ever!!!

    I only have had the 9.7 iPad pro and pencil for 2 weeks and i love it. I did much research into finding a tablet I can write on like pen and paper even purchased a under $150 tablet that was a big disappointment(grandkids have it now).You get what you pay for. This pencil is the most natural way of writing on a tablet. I have used this everyday I even have a screen protector on my pro with no noticeable difference in response. Love the palm rejection it is the best I have ever experienced. No more searching for my notes and sketches everything in one place is awesome. I have not had an issue with the cap at this point. I have a very slim carrying case that my pencil slides right next to the pro with no issues.

    13 of 14 people found this useful