• 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.

    2 of 2 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.)

    9 of 10 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.

    15 of 15 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-

    12 of 13 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.

    22 of 25 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.

    20 of 21 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.

    9 of 10 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.

    17 of 20 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.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why cant markings be saved??!

    • Written by Karen F from Vancouver

    The pen does a great job of marking up documents - but you cant save them!!! You can only send them to someone else. Of course you can BCC yourself, but then you have 2 copies of the same document. If it is the kind of document that gets revised and you end up with 4 revisions plus 2 versions of each revision....it is too confusing. Why wouldn’t you just be able to save the markings you make for yourself in addition to sending it to others. Seems like a HUGE, GLARING oversight

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it.

    • Written by Benjamin S from Atlanta

    It’s definitely one of the better choices for the 2018 iPad (the other being the cheaper Logitech pencil), but it’s not worth the $100. Charge runs out quickly, and unless you want to stupidly charge it by plugging it into your iPad and making your setup look like it has a military-grade antenna, you’re out of luck. Wish you could turn it off and on so that it’s only draining battery when you’re actively using it. Returned mine within a week and I won’t be getting any others.

    The 2nd gen looks a lot better, but as it doesn’t work with my iPad I won’t be getting it.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Possible fix for pencil not working.

    • Written by Ralph S from WEST SPRINGFIELD

    I’ve had my gen1 pencil for a long time and really like it. Recently, I went to go use it after a long period of not using it and could not get my iPad to pair with it or even have it show up in the list of bluetooth devices. I searched around and found a lot of people had the same issue and just bought replacement pencils assuming their pencil was dead. I was going to go that route myself and then wondered if the pencil just wasn’t charging using an external poswer source and adapter, so I plugged it in to my iPad to try and charge it that way and within a minute a popup appeared telling me the Apple pencil wanted to pair with my iPad. I hit OK and the pencil has been working fine ever since.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nearly perfect for sketching

    • Written by Paul M from Toronto

    I bought this back in 2014-15 for drawing. 4 years later and I've worn through 1 tip but the 2nd supplied tip is still in decent shape. (I draw about 7-8 hours a week with it for the past 4 years). It's quite durable. There is no lag on the 1st gen iPad Pro. Furthermore I don't know what some of these reviews are talking about: No instructions? - there is an Ikea style booklet provided that clearly shows an illustration of how to start it. Basically all you do it plug it into the iPad Pro and a "Sync" prompt will show up and it's ready to go. I also always see people complaining about how dorky it looks when you recharge it by plugging it into the iPad. It comes with a small adapter so you can plug it directly into your wall with a lightning charger instead. I took 1 star off because I think there should be different types of tips (like maybe a rubber one) like they have with Wacom tablets that will create more friction. Drawing on glass is still too slippery compared to real paper or a Wacom tablet. I'm kinda disappointment there is nothing on market like this even years later.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    didn’t work

    • Written by Annabel A from London

    was sold one that doesn’t work at all. very inconvenient, upsetting and disappointed. going to affect my job for tomorrow and cause many problems. waste of money.

    30 of 71 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No directions

    • Written by Shawn H from Colonial Beach

    I love this Apple Pencil but there was only two things wrong. First, there was barely any instructions on how to make it work so me and my dad looked for videos to make it work. Then, when you charge for six to eight minutes, it only goes to twenty one percent. But it is a very useful pencil.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by Caitlin G from New port richey

    Absolutely love this Pencil. I recently made the switch from a PC and photoshop with a graphics tablet to an iPad Peo with procreate and the Apple Pencil for digital graphic art. So far I’ve brrn impressed, it feels sturdy and durable in my hand, and the shape and weight are closer to a real pen than any other stylus I’ve used for art before. Would definitely recommend.

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic piece of technology

    • Written by Roman F from Toronto

    I generally never leave reviews but I have to in this case. Firstly to all the doubters, there are nibs available for 25 bucks, not that hard to do a basic google search.
    I bought my first ipad with an apple pencil just a few days ago and I'm thrilled about how much technology has advanced. Works perfectly on my 9.7''. I bought them for note-taking purposes at the uni, and I've spent an entire day practicing writing notes and adjusting to writing on screen rather than on paper, and after a few hours it almost became natural. Also a really nice touch is the battery indicator on the ipad, love it.

    Overall, super-satisfied with the product, apple pencil is amazing.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn’t Charge - Waist of Money

    • Written by Ray M from Hopeisland

    Only used a few times, then failed and wouldnt recharge. Pen will not increase charge from 3%? Payed hard earned money for something I only used about 3-4 times. Waste of money. This is the kind of doggie product the Australian Consumer Law was designed to protect us from. Bad form Apple.....

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short lifespan for $100 a pop

    • Written by CHARLES G from Chicago

    I have owned my iPad Pro for almost 3 years now and I just depleted my 4th apple pencil. It will no longer hold a charge and I find that I must buy a 5th. This one lasted 8 months. The first one I bought lasted 7 months. The 2nd was about 8.5 months. Same with the 3rd. I feel like, for the amount of money these things cost, they ought to last longer. I’m very angry I am about to drop another $100 to replace this thing!

    84 of 96 people found this useful