• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but improvements needed

    The Apple pen works wonderfully. I love it, but lacks some of the design details that Apple is famous for.
    1. Plugging the pen into the iPad for a quick charge is a disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t sit flat and puts pressure on the connector. Bumping it will snap it in two.
    2. It’s too easy to lose the little cap & charger adapter.
    3. The pen rolls away too easily & needs some texture, (i.e. knurling) for tactile feedback
    4. The pen is significantly longer than “regular” pens so it tends to not fit in your shirt pocket or other pencil holders
    Some of this may sound like nitpicking, but Apple is famous for thinking about these little details and making you go, “that’s clever” whenever you use one of their products. It just seems that the same thought did not go into the pen.

    34 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    The precision, connectivity, and battery life of this product is excellent. A few things need to be changed in order for this to be a five star product.
    First of all, the glossy coating is awful. It becomes slippery after using for a while and I had to go out and buy a grip for the pencil after one day of using it without one. Furthermore, the round shape, while elegant, is not intuitive. With a delicate electronic pencil, a shape that would prevent it from rolling off of your work surface would be ideal (thumbs up to Griffin for tachling both of these problems with their triangle-shaped grip).
    Although these problems were remedied with the grip I purchased from Griffin, for $99, I expect a product that has no need for accessories.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Fixed My Problem!

    An hour ago I would have given one star. Last week my iPad pencil started working all wierd. It’s been perfect for the 18 months I’ve had it. I’m writing this in case someone else is having this issue. For about 5 minutes sometimes, it would work. But other times it wouldn’t open apps, put in my password, wouldn’t scroll, would type multiple letters with one keystroke, etc. I began to HATE my beloved pencil. I had a case in with Apple & since it’s out of warranty, it’s not covered. I was reading through the reviews & someone said the tip unscrews. I didn’t know that. I unscrewed it & screwed it back on just until it tightened. It’s working again. Yay!!

    50 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great technology STUPID LITTLE CAP No Eraser bad charging

    I like my apple pencil. I use it for taking notes for work and school. My kids love drawing with it.

    My issue: How is it that Apple can develop a phone and iPad that can survive a 3 foot drop but the apple pencil cant. Let me be more specific, The stupid plastic cap (that you have to buy for $11 at the apple store) is super prone to cracking if the pencil is dropped or if it rolls off a table (which is bound to happen because there is nothing from keeping the pencil from rolling). I have cracked 2 caps like this and feel pretty frustrated with this product.

    63 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty much perfect

    It works beautifully! Connects easily. You can rest your hand on the screen and there’s no problem. Nebo is a wonderful app if you want to convert text to type and I can write for hours and end up with a decent draft from which to work. It has a lovely feel; light but with a little bit of heft. Very smooth but not slippery. Holds a charge well, and recharges quickly. You just need to be careful to have a system or good habits in place to not lose it! Also, I use a ballistic glass screen protector and have no problem with it. I love it!

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dead even not used often

    Have purchased the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro when first launched. For the past 1.5 - 2 years, I have only used the Apple Pencil for about a few times (less than 10) as the iPad was mainly used for email, web browsing and YouTube. Recently when I tried to charge and connect my Apple Pencil, it kept getting disconnected and eventually not able to get detected by Bluetooth (exact issues encountered by many users mentioned in different forums). I tried many methods as suggested by apple support/ advisor and nothing worked. Long story short apple basically was telling me that the issue of dead battery is caused by me not using the Apple Pencil enough... Like serious? I have old iPhones and iPads left in my drawers unused for many years and whenever I plugged them back to a charging cable I was able to turn them back on and they would function normally.

    A huge disappointment with the Apple Pencil and for Apple blaming me for the issue, never thought the battery would die in such a short period of time. This experience gives me the impression that the Apple Pencil was built with low quality parts... Somehow I believe there could potentially be a class action lawsuit eventually as many users have experienced the EXACT SAME ISSUES after owning the product for about the SAME AMOUNT OF TIME.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing concept!

    I love the Apple Pencil as it helped me with writing notes for college and drawing during my free time. The pressure sensitive tip also works tremendously. I just don’t get why they removed the ‘3D Touch’ feature throughout the OS in iOS 11. Otherwise, it is an amazing product. As I haven’t gotten a case yet, I use the original box as one.

    Overall, I want to give 5 stars, however I just can’t find the reason to.

    8 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So slippery, fatiguing to use. Design fail.

    This pencil is wonderful in how it operates electronically. It’s a terrific piece of technology. But, I’m no longer willing to be nice about Apple’s obsession with making everything slippery. I can handle it with things that everyone will put a case on anyway—iPhone, iPad, etc., but this is not okay for a pencil. You have to be able to grip the thing to use it well, and this is not only smooth plastic, it is especially slippery surfaced smooth plastic. Many fine pens are smooth plastic but manage to be super grippy somehow (Mont Blanc) or are smooth lacquer but super grippy (Waterman, Pelikan).

    But Apple, notice how most all cheaper pens have gone to adding grippy rubber sections? Maybe there is a market for pens that are not slippery. For design and not taking uses on a tablet, there are already many things lined up to make the tasks fatiguing to one’s hand. The utter slipperiness of the pencil/pen itself does not have to be one of them. I find this terrible, so off I go, hunting online for aftermarket solutions to something Apple messed up in the obsession that chronically puts form over function. It is really unfortunate because this is a nice piece of gear, otherwise, and the iPad Pro, while priced crazy high, is a nice device.

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil

    This pencil stinks and Apple needs to redesign it!

    1) why is there no flip top instead of the cap?

    2) battery life awful

    3) color and material inadequate, more color choices and even material would help. You would not want to use this on a job site, finish not durable enough.

    4) serial number is so small that, I do not even wear glasses and you need as magnifying glass to see and its barley plausible. Apple stupity on this one! You Americans can’t do anything righty can you any-longer!

    5) why is charging such poor issue?

    6) why no case for the 99.00 cost??!!

    I have yet to see one good review either.....

    Apple get it together! And offer a refund w/buyback like Volkswagen, for the old one too that would help! Learn from Volkswagen AG and other automakers, whom stood up to their mistakes....

    68 of 105 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaws

    The pen works well with my iPad Pro 10.5. However, I really do not like the design of the cap on the end since it attaches to the pen magnetically and the magnetic isn't very strong. I'm afraid it's going to get knocked off and lost. Also if you are trying to pull your pen out of a pen case or something the cap comes off by then pen doesn't come out since the cap doesn't attach well. Also, it's hard having such a tiny lightening adapter be so necessary for charging the pen. I'm also afraid of losing the adapter. It also seems that the pen doesn't have long of a battery life. I wish that the pen would light up and show you how much battery you have left on it. It was nice of apple to include another pen tip in the packaging.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    The Apple Pencil is one of Apple’s best products by far. It is amazing how it is always connected to the iPad, there is nothing you need to do. You can just pick it up and start using it.

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great drawing tool

    It feels like a real pencil! The only drawback about this is that the tip is so hard. If apple could make different tips to would be more useful. For drawing, and writing, this is the best tool on the market!

    20 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly horrible instructions for use and it is not really versatile

    I know Apple prides itself on ease of use. But in this case the instructions for initial use are both incomplete and almost unreadable. They are printed in a minute font in light grey. The fact that the pen is shipped without a nib cover is so cheap.
    The pen does not appear to respond to different pressures which makes it practically useless for art applications.
    I am tempted to return it

    38 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Break over year

    My family bought two Apple Pencil in past over year. Now, one Apple Pencil is broken!

    21 of 52 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s Magical!!

    The Apple Pencil is the best thing to have happened for me & digital art! The Pencil is phenomenal with the apps that link up with it. Though with all the benefits that I love about the tool there are two things I hate about it and hope get changed with the new generation of the Pencil that is in the works. The issues I have with the Pencil are physical; one is color: I desire a black variant or even grey, but then there’s the texture. The Pencil is so glossy it’s annoying and I wish there was a matte variant.

    Only one thing has beaten the Pencil in annoying glossiness and that is the Nintendo New 3DS XL/LL and that thing is a grease and finger print magnetic street corner professional! Thankfully the Pencil is not as bad as that.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, needs work

    Can’t work out how to monitor battery power, just get notification when it is almost flat
    Slides out of the case easily, nearly lost it twice
    Writes lovely, but unfortunately not reliable enough to replace pen and paper

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I adore this thing

    I got this to go with my new Pro 10.5. I was expecting an overpriced stylus to be honest. However, this thing is amazing. It’s so precise; it’s just like using a regular pencil! I even love the look and shape of it. I should know by now that Apple never disappoints. Well worth the $99 in my opinion.

    19 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, needs some improvement

    The apple pencil works seamlessly with the iPad Pro. I use it for my digital art and love how fast it reacts. I have a couple complaints, though. The battery life is abysmal. I can only use it for a few hours before it needs to be charged. It charges fast, but when you have to stop for 30 minutes to charge your pencil, it really disrupts progress...especially when you're in the zone. Anyone who makes art will understand what I'm talking about. Secondly, I really dislike the tiny adapter piece required to charge the phone with a lightning cable. Why is it needed? Why wasn't the pencil designed to plug straight into the lightning cable? I understand it needs its current design to plug into the iPad to charge, but I rarely ever charge my pencil this way.

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    It works great for everything I've used so far, except for PDFs. optimise the pencil in PDF's please, as you can't scroll with one finger, and my hand often accidentally hits the slides on the right side of the screen

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars

    Best writing tool on the market. The only people here rating are those who come and complaon. The reason why their devices break is because they use non Apple chargers, then they blame Apple for their own negligence.

    There is not other stylus/Digital drawing tool on the market that can even come close to the precision and seamlessness of this tool, that looks and feels like a real artists tool.

    32 of 53 people found this useful