• 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.

    16 of 19 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.

    8 of 12 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.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad

    • Written by Anne R from Olmsted Falls

    I purchased this with my iPad 9.7" iPad. It works as a stylus as well as for drawing and writing. I like it s stylus, at times it is easier to tap an icon or even play a game instead of always use your fingers.
    It works right out of the box, pairs without any problems with my iPad and keeps a charge fairly long. Once paired with the iPad it shows the battery level as a widget.
    What I don't like is that I have to take the lightning tip at the end off and replace it with the adapter to charge it via USB charging cable, while in the meantime the lightning connecting (very small) piece CAN get lost really easy. I am shopping for a charging dock, but the reviews make me think twice.
    If you don't mind putting those tiny tips on and off it is a great pencil.
    Charging through the iPad is not an option for me,

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Anthony B from Waxhaw

    Not worth the price and below my expectations coming from Apple. This device needs more R&D. Its sensitive to use and really does not have $100 worth of functionability. Needs improvement and more capabilities. That all said, it's a nice device for note taking, probably a $49.99 price point item.

    41 of 51 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil 5 Stars, Adapter 1 Star

    • Written by Jennifer N S from Union

    I would have rated the Apple Pencil with a 5 had I been able to find a replacement for the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter. The pencil has worked great, holds its charge, charges quickly and I have had very few problems connecting to my ipad, and the problems I have had have been fixed quickly by plugging it in to the tablet...though I did have to forget and relearn device a couple of times at the beginning.

    The problem I have is with the charging adapter. It is so small and easily lost. Once it few into a cup of coffee...just one of those weird freak accidents. Amazingly, it survived that, but somehow it got crushed. I don't know how. It was in the case with my tablet and apple pencil, which were fine, but suddenly this thing was cracked the whole way down one side.

    I spent the total of an hour searching for a replacement on apple's site, then on hold chatting with the world's slowest techy as he basically did the same thing I already did, only to return and tell me he can't find it. The part he found was male to female, not female to female. Not sure what the purpose of THAT is.

    So he said to go to my "local apple store" and see if they have it. Well, I have no "local" apple store. I'm in a very remote area, so how the heck am I supposed to replace this thing? ***Something so easily lost, easily damaged???*** Stupid. It wasted over an hour of my time, then apple paid their guy to waste 40 minutes doing what I did in 20!

    Did I already say stupid??? I hate buying third party replacements because they are never reliable in my experience. They work for a bit, then there's an update and "ERROR. DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED." Buff

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    could be better

    • Written by 枫 谢 from 100176

    I personally think it’s a good product. However it could have been a better product. Two points I think could be improved. First is that, it’s a bit annoying to switch to eraser everytime I made a misttake, it should have an eraser function at its tail part then I can erase things as easy as turn the pencil upside down. Second is that I think it need a On/off button that I can switch it on my own, cuz if I put it with the iPad case or in my bag it means that it keeps awake and keeps wasting electricity. My English is not as good as native speaker so I don’t know if I am expressing my points clearly.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need customisable side button(s)! Make a "Pro Pen"?

    • Written by Melker A from Stockholm

    I know Apple thinks Simplicity is better (no buttons) but as a digital artist I would really want 1-2 extra side buttons like the Wacom or Surface pro pens - that can be customisable in different apps.

    I really want to use the side button to use the eye dropper tool - makes drawing so much faster.

    I have also heard that the full Photoshop is in the making for the iPad - so having customiable buttons on the pen would allow me to fulfill the professional worksflow I had with my Wacom pen.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Niche product over priced Bad design

    • Written by Rahul G from Laurel

    I normally believe that Apple makes some of the best designed products. The Apple Pencil however in my opinion has taken over the lead from the Apple keyboard. The pencils Cap be lost very easily. There is no doubt that you will have close calls with the Cap knocked off and you have to go looking for it. In order to stop the pencil from draining battery you have to turn off the Bluetooth on your iPad which causes you to not have access to other Bluetooth devices. If you listen to your headphones the Apple Pencil will link up and start draining your battery.
    The most egregious design flaw is the charger. It is a rectangular piece of plastic that costs approximately $10 (thats is a super markup) is used to make the pencil draw a charge from a cable.

    If you’re feeling brave you can take the cap off and stick the pencil into the iPad’s charging port at the botoom. This creates a very dangerous situation as any vertical movement can cause either the charging ports to get damaged on the pencils outlet to be damaged.

    Here is what I recommend
    Go to the Apple Store and holding Apple Pencil ask the store clerk to show you how the Apple Pencil is charged on the iPad. Take note of the fact there is no magnetic mount. Too big for your pocket. Using other accessories with the Apple Pencil and Bluetooth is not going to be a good idea as you start having battery drain. If you don’t charge the Apple Pencil, runs out of battery the battery might get damaged and you will be out of luck and will have a $100 probably cost $15 to manufacture. Replacement 70 to 100 bucks.

    The lesson I have learned for the day is that just because a company makes one high-quality product does not imply that the rest of the products match that scale.

    50 of 68 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty awesome! but...

    • Written by Daniel N from Denver

    This thing is obviously great for note taking...

    BUT lets talk about the big but... There is a big missing functionality with gestures. Why no ability to swipe up to change apps? At least if the user is capable of understanding the settings and able to change it and allow the function to exist with the pencil. I was able to do this with third party device, but not this one... this would make it so quick to switch between apps and improve multitasking, for students and professionals.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great as long as it is charged

    • Written by Carlos E. K. I from Fort Mill

    I am disappointed with my apple pen because of the battery lifetime. I is always running low on battery and I have to charge it very frequently. I have expected more from a product that is very well paid, if you compare with other in the market. OK, the product works well with the iPad Pro, but the short battery life is annoying.
    I hope I find another option in the market soon and will try it to see, if I can subtitute his one from apple ...
    Another issue is the form of the pencil. As the name says, it is round and as such rolls around my table. There is also no “attaching” device to secure the pensil elsewhere. It is for me a puzzle that a company like apple develops a (supposed to be) high tech product, with the physical performance of a pencil of the 18th century (round, slips everywhere, no covers, noc clips, no nothing).
    Actually, Apple should be thankful for this candid review, as most of its customers seem to be so locked in, that they fail on sound judgment, starting to accept everything Apple offers, without critical mass ...
    Hope this helps. Next time I will ask for compensation, as you do, when you enter an Apple store ...

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too big and too heavy

    • Written by George V from Ηράκλειο

    My hand after a while hurts , I find the Pencil to be big and very heavy and quite uncomfortable for those who use it for many hours straight

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied...kind of

    • Written by Richard P from Georgetown

    With easy setup right out of the box, it’s sleek and simple design may be its own down fall.

    The cap and charging adapter is just annoying and begging to be lost
    Gripping is easy but after awhile it gets uncomfortable
    and if your using it on a table, it just rolls away.
    But it charges fast
    seems like the perfect weight and size of an actual pencil
    and it’s super easy to plug in and start using.
    I use it for drawing that is until today. I hadn’t used it for about two months and today it won’t pair. I’ve tried everything, even support and tricks the internet has to offer. I’m not sure if the iOS is to blame or if it’s just done for.
    For the price, it’s a good pen compared to other pro stylus. However be prepared to replace it.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil

    • Written by John W from Edinburgh

    Swings and roundabouts for this pencil for me. The weight and feel have quality but there are some issues. The nib slips on the iPad surface so drawing is not easy to control. It doesn't have the resistance of a pencil or pen on paper so writing and drawing take practice. There's also a slight lag between movement and the appearance of lines but, again, you do get reasonably used to that.

    Where it seems to show lack of design development is at charging time. You can't charge your iPad and the pencil at the same time so if both need charging, work grinds to a halt. Which is not uncommon as the iPad eats juice when you are drawing or writing. And, of course, if the pencil dies, it's coffee time again waiting for it to charge as you can't work and charge at the same time.

    After all that, should it be mentioned that there's no pencil holder with the iPad Pro Apple case so you need to use chewing gum to keep them together. Or a third party one where someone has taken the trouble to think these things through.

    60 of 70 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it but can use some improvements

    • Written by Vanessa S from Burbank

    Love it! Performancewise - it does the job (that’s my 3 stars) but please make it worth the price. iPad Pro users will always buy the Apple Pencil, so you guys dont need to worry about losing buyers, but please think of your customers as well. Again I really love it - and here are my BUTS ———Once you misplace it and it’s battery dies...sigh I can’t find mine since the battery is dead. And I am so angry because right now, I can’t afford to get one. Need to design it in such a way that once it’s not being used, like the iPhone, iPads, and MACBOOKS, power off so batt doesn’t die and put a beep sound and add it to the list of devices that could be found using the Find My app.. For $99, throw in more accessories to it, like a grips in different colors (or better yet, design a textured one for a better grip). Also throw in different color tips and lightning adaptors and the Belkin case with it. Also add more colors and not just white. Rose, grey, gold? Design is cool, sleek, but not practical - it is slippery, will slide on an incline, cap is easily dislodged. Why not a cap that screws on and off and is magnetic at the same time? Also add a clip to it, different colors too, just so that it can be clipped on breast pockets. Hopefully, at least some of these wishes of mine will come true.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, needs work

    • Written by Ann-Marie O from Hallett Cove

    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

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Drawing but Frustrating in Everything Else

    • Written by Rogeh R from Dubai

    I got the Apple Pencil with the iPad pro as a portable Wacom replacement. It is great for drawing and annotating.

    However, it becomes frustrating due to the following aspects:
    1. Pencil Cap is prone to being lost - I had to buy a 3rd party silicon accessory to ensure its always attached to the pencil. I can't afford losing it and it easily falls off.
    2. Pencil tip gets lose over time and you have to retighten it occasionally to continue drawing.
    3. Charging the pencil from the iPad's lighting adaptor is an accident waiting to happen and is not practical when you are on the go or is sitting on a crowded desk. The alternative option is not practical either, which to use the adapter to connect it to a lighting cable, which is also easy to lose accessory and actually a pretty slow charging option.
    4. Lack of eraser function or buttons that can be mapped means you have to stop drawing to manually switch from modes on your drawing app.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful idea, wonderful form. Wish it was reliable.

    • Written by Zoe M from TULSA

    The first few days I had the pencil, it was a wonder. It was the ideal stylus I needed for my academic needs. However, right off the bat I realized a few issues. I noticed that there was no efficient way to monitor the battery life of the pencil. And i want to make the note that I think the battery life itself is quite okay, unlike some other users of the pencil. But after about two weeks I noticed some changes for the worse. Suddenly it needed to be re-paired, frequently. In the middle of class every couple minutes or so I would need to plug the pencil in to have it work, and these are valuable seconds I'm losing in the middle of a lecture. And when I'm at home working on something like precalc, it's a little frustrating to have to pause and interrupt the algebraic process to re-pair the pencil, especially if I'm working with a concept I struggle with already. I really want this stylus to be all that it can, it was the perfect technological accessory at first. All in all, it would be sweet if Apple worked on refining the pencil and really making it into the ultimate tool for the ipad pro; into something that could truly enhance and progress the user's experience. It's a great idea, just pretty please make it work right? That would be awesome.

    57 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best writing instrument for an ipad, but can be better

    • Written by Sean X from Dubai

    Best writing experience on ipad compared to a few other ipad writing instruments i have used earlier.
    Writing feel and response is very close to that on a real paper even when you are writing very fast.
    However it has its flaws.
    For starters you cannot see the battery level for the pencil on the home screen unless it is about to die off.
    You have to go to notifications every time to check the battery status which is inconvenient.
    Secondly you have to replace the pencil tip quite often, may be in less than a month (even without heavy usage) to get a smooth writing.
    considering you can almost get a montblanc pen for the price at which the apple pencil is being sold, i would have expected it to last for quite some time before i need to spend on the pencil tips again.
    Thirdly i have to plug the pencil into the ipad lightening port for about 3 or 5 sec to get it paired with the ipad every time i use it(when you are using it after a brief interval, let’s say an hour or so)
    3 or 5sec may not be a long time, but imagine if you are in the middle of a meeting and want to write down an urgent note of the meeting while your client is taking and you are plugging your pencil into the I pad and waiting for it to connect. That is awkward.
    I would have liked it to connect instantly as soon as my iPad screen is on.
    Last but not the least, you are most likely going to lose the small pencil cap sooner or later.
    It has a weak magnetic connection to hold the cap in place and can come off with the slightest of pull.
    I took my iPad & pencil to a meeting. I didnt even use my iPad and pencil during the meeting, but when I came back, the pencil cap was gone and my Apple pencil looks silly without the cap.

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple!

    • Written by Kay O from Arlington

    Mostly everything you make is far above genius!
    So far, the Apple pen has been a disappointment in some ways.
    1) I prefer my cheapie stylus for most tasks. It fills in solidly and the pen doesn’t.
    2) The pen makes an irritating topping sound when used for keyboard tasks.
    3) My fear is that the pen will either “catch” or break both it and my iPad Pro if inadvertently it should fall while charging. Both devices would be in danger.
    4) The only way to check remaining battery life is with the iPad.

    I need an interchangeable stylus — one that is wider and more flexible.
    I need it to come with and extra charger so I can leave it plugged in to charge while using the iPad.

    You can do better.

    41 of 48 people found this useful