• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great

    It took a while to get used to this pencil. It felt too heavy, the barrel felt too slippery, and the tip had little friction with my iPad Pro 9.7. These problems have gone away. I've been using it to draw almost every day, and love it. It makes lovely lines when I use it with the app Procreate. It is so well suited to how I draw, that it is hard to go back to pen and paper.
    The small pieces: I keep the original box on my desk, and put the pieces in there when I take the cap off to charge it, replace a tip, etc. I have been frightened a couple times when I went to erase, forgetting it was not a pencil with an eraser on the end, to find I had not replaced the cap after charging and was headed towards the surface of the iPad with a sharp exposed charger! But I stopped myself in time. I did scratch the surface of the iPad another way: simply using the pencil properly, but a tiny grain of sand or something was on the tip. I have been more careful about cleaning the screen and pencil since.
    The tip is one reason I took off a star. At times the tip becomes loose just through regular use, and it stops working. You have to go through this and that to figure out why, and finally tighten the tip. Worst, I was drawing along happily when the pencil began to skip. And I found out why they include an extra tip. They wear out! I see from old reviews that tips were not available at first. Now they are-at $17-$20 for a pack of 4!!
    That's expensive. If you don't have a supply on hand, your pencil will be useless.
    Also, my iPad Pro 9.7 is an awful battery hog. So I turn off bluetooth when I am not using it. Every time you turn off bluetooth then turn it on again you have to pair the pencil again by inserting it into the charging port. This is a little lame. The pencil fits very tightly into the port. I am afraid it will wear out the charging port on my iPad Pro. I may just start leaving bluetooth on. But the same thing happens when you turn the iPad off for the day, so you have to insert it every day anyway.
    So, a beautiful wonderful device, but it needs some improvement.

    33 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple pen(cil)

    It is a slick device but why do the iWork apps not have an option to use it that seems kind of odd. PDF apps can use it photo apps as wel but it would be incredibly useful if pages, numbers, and keynote had options to use it.....it is a pen/pencil correct?

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly useful

    My mom bought me the Apple Pencil along with the iPad Pro for Christmas and I wasn't sure if I would even use it but it works amazingly with apps like photoshop fix, and nebo. I love that it ignores my wrist and it's so precise. The battery life lasts me days and chargers extremely quickly. I've seen other reviews about not being able to purchase tips... yes you can purchase tips. They're cheap. The only thing I wish my Apple Pencil did that it doesn't is erase if I turn it upside down.
    Totally recommend those two apps though one is a free app for fixing photos with amazing detail and the other is a great note taking app that converts to text.
    If you don't want to edit, draw or write you don't need the Pencil.

    24 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't loose any pieces! No replacements available.

    Lost the charger adapter, and can only charge the pen in the ipad. But ipad takes a TREMENDOUS amount of time to charge—so basically a 2-step charging process and can't use either when they're dead.

    35 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    ITS A REAL ISSUE NOT HAVING A PLACE TO STORE THE PENCIL OR THE INCLUDED LIGHTNING ADAPTER. Lost the lightning adapter within first week of owning it. Also, no cap or retraction so no way to protect the pencil tips. In terms of actual functionality, I like it a lot, feels good in the hand. Has to be a better solution to charging both the iPad Pro & the pencil simultaneously. My loyalty to this brand is fading, starting to feel very nickel & dimed with all these adapters & chargers. Recent innovations are pretty lackluster.

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just amazing!!!

    It's just amazing piece of technology!!!

    13 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I want, design could be better

    The pencil's actual sensitivity to pressure and angle are great and it's very responsive, not any lag between using it and seeing the line you're drawing. I haven't had any troubles with the tip so far as some other reviews discuss (it does come with one replacement tip). The sleek body is not that easy to hold, but my biggest peeve about the design is the charger. I understand the pencil was made male so you can plug it into your iPad to charge, but I often find myself wanting to use my iPad when the pencil is charging so I have to use the little female adapter it comes with to charge it with the apple USB charger. It just seems unnecessary to have to use this tiny adapter (which I know I'm bound to lose). Also, it would be great to be able to use it while it's charging.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but could be better

    I purchased the pencil at the same time as an IpadPro and on taking it home, charged it over night but could not get it to pair or even be recognised. It is impossible to trouble shoot the pencil as there is no way to check if the battery is charged unless it pairs with an iPad! I have 2 Pros and neither would recognise the pencil. I could not determine if the battery was faulty, the bluetooth on the pencil wasn't working, but was able to identify the unit on the About screen in settings - so the lightning connection was ok. After spending 4 hours with Apple Helpdesk doing all the things I had already done, Reboot, update, hard and soft resets etc. etc I was unable to prove what was wrong. In the end I took the pen back to the retailer (a 5 hour round journey) to be told the pencil was faulty - which I had thought immediately but could not prove. The pencil needs an indicator that a. it is charging and b that it is charged without having to connect it to the iPad/phone etc. The new one paired straight away on both units. Had there been indicators it would have saved a lot of time and a long car journey.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek yet Durable

    When I purchased my Apple Pencil along with the iPad Pro, I took one look at it and jumped to the conclusion that it was very, very fragile. It basically felt like a porcelain rod in my hand. The first week of use was very tedious on my part (I thought it would break if I dropped the thing from 2 ft), and all was well until I, you know, dropped it. I panicked and picked it up and tried it out, surprised to find it worked the same. This thing is so durable, beautiful, and functional at the same time. I definitely recommend this as an essential item for the Pro.

    24 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally underrated

    I like most thought the pencil was a crazy idea until I used it. It is not like a stylus and I didn't know that until I started using it and realized it had so many capabilities. Drawing with this is like drawing with an actual pencil. It's so much fun to use. I wouldn't buy a new iPad without also buying one of these.

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many small parts to lose

    I have to say the pen itself functions as designed . However whoever designed this product put no thought into the easy loss of the little parts. The cap be magnetic but the minute you take it off you risk losing it and I have to say Apple the charging adapter is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. Please Apple you're supposed to be an innovative technology leader this is been a big failure on your part. You shouldn't have to rely on after market vendors to secure your $95 purchase ... much like some of your IOS updates you don't do a very good job of consumer testing

    55 of 70 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Didnt work for me.

    Straight up not an artist, it was bought in the hope I could use it to replace a notepad and pen, alas I find writing really hard, sounds odd but its too quick to control and all writing is illegible,

    Tried a few drawing apps and its seemed pretty good, loved the way it did shading understanding pressure and angle - guess that its purely designed for drawing.

    Tried a photo editor tool and really couldn't get to grips with it. No idea how the sample pictures & drawings are done, needless to say ralph steadman I am not and this is not going to get me closer.

    + points
    Easy to charge either by the plug or pop it in the ipad for a quick charge.
    Nicely balanced

    - points
    Nib easily lost
    Charger converter (plug to pen) easily lost
    Pen charger cover easily lost
    Rolls off the desk easily so keep 'tack' handy
    Looses connection all the time having to re-sync to the iPad.

    If you are a serious artist it might be worth getting, if not I really wouldn't bother, it does make a very good, albeit expensive and awkward mouse.....

    38 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best digital drawing device around.

    I don't normally write reviews, but I feel the Apple Pencil is misunderstood.
    The Apple Pencil is only going to benefit digital artists. All the bad reviews on here are from users who require a stylus and not a drawing aid, so they don't understand or are ignorant of the real purpose. This is by far the best digital drawing device around, I also have a Wacom Cintiq 21" HD which now seem slow and laggy in comparison. The sensitivity and the ability to recognise tilt is amazing. The Apple ipad pro and pencil is actually the cheapest drawing tablet available too!

    If you are serious about digital art then the ipad pro and pencil is the perfect tool, bar none!
    The pencil is only going to benefit a small number of users, but I'm so glad Apple decided to produce something for such a small market.
    This is Apple at is best and back to what they were originally know for, technology that's connects to is users.

    56 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously flawed design. REALLY flawed.

    This is Apple at its worst. I have been an Apple user since 1988 and I've seen a few turkeys but this is awful. Bad design (sorry, Jonny), grossly overpriced and the charging method means you have to put the iPad and Pencil somewhere where nobody will knock it while it charges. And where's the storage for the Pencil? It's white, it's small, it's easy to lose big time. I want to use this full time but I find it SO under-thought-through that it must have been given to a really junior design team who had no artistic experience. Maybe coders? Come on Apple, you can do so much bester than this heap of sh.

    108 of 176 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    We Love Our Apple Pencils (but just a short snagging list)

    The most common complaints do not apply to us as we are women so we don't keep our tech stuff in a suit or jeans pockets, but in proper bags. So we don't find it too long and it is evenly balanced even in our delicate little hands. We don't lose the cap when we iPad-charge as we are aware it is stuck on the back (or in its bag). But we would love to be able to rename our Pencils in the Bluetooth settings so we know which one we have picked up (we are organised, not infallible). I personally have two Pencils, one for my home office and one for my leisure area and it would be great if I could have them both paired at the same time, like my car phone system appears on my phone and pairs automatically when I turn the stereo on.

    As for the guy who put his Pencil in with his case with his actual pencils and it came out covered in graphite: What. Did. You. Expect?

    64 of 78 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My Apple Pencil Review

    I think the Apple Pencil IS A GREAT drawing tool!! I think Apple needs to work on making it thinner. But the preformace is GREAT!
    I think Apple should give an replacement option if it is lost or stolen or broken

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil for iPhone

    Love the pencil for procreate on the iPad Pro.
    Make it work on the iPhone!

    18 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It made me handwrite again.

    It is what it is: a pencil. But with the power of the iPad Pro and the posibilites it offers you, you can use it as a pencil, as a pen, as a fountain pen, as any editing tool Adobe Photoshop has, as any tool any app has, etc etc etc. So yeah, I'm agree it's a pencil, but a magic one.

    As many studies have shown, handwriting helps your creativity, but I've been writing almost everything digitally for the past few years, so that I'm able to have everything synchronized between my devices; and to be able to access my work anywhere anytime, too. But now I can handwrite without having to think of taking photos or scanning my notebooks every time I make a change to something or add new information. There are a lot of apps, from Notes by Apple to Evernote or Paper, that allow you to have the best from both worlds.

    Magic Pencil by Apple

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tool for Artists

    Having years of experience with Intuos Pro tablets, I was looking for something more portable, as well as the ability to draw directly on screen, like the Cintiq and related devices. Portability was also a major consideration. When looking at options, I was intrigued by the iPad Pro, with its stable of apps such as Procreate and Illustrator Draw.

    Staring out, the pen is quite natural to use. Granted, with the barrel being smooth, the feel is different from most ink pens and stylus options I'm used to, but I got over this quickly. Handling and touch sensitivity are great, and I find the experience to be pretty natural.

    As other users have noted, it may feel a bit unnatural to draw on the bare glass of the iPad. An easy way to deal with this are some of the screen protectors/cases available. I use the Otterbox Defender case, and find that the screen cover gives a bit of tooth, which does help with drawing precision. Another benefit of the Otterbox is that there's an integrated Pencil holder in the cover.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomy and mecanics

    The pen fits well in your hand and is not dificult to learn to use it with its nuances.

    However the end cap that covers the charger easily falls off and I have already lost mine

    23 of 25 people found this useful