• 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.

    40 of 66 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.

    21 of 28 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.

    35 of 46 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.

    20 of 31 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

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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!

    11 of 11 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.

    34 of 45 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.

    18 of 18 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.

    35 of 46 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Technology - Definitely Worth the Price

    I love the Apple Pencil. It is a highly useful tool that is great to use while taking notes or drawing. I prefer it over a stylus because it feels more natural and more like a regular pen. It's very nice to bring my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to a meeting to take notes rather than wasting paper. It's far more useful than a stylus. The narrow end allows for more precise movements and detail. I enjoy drawing and designing basic clip art, so the Apple Pencil works far better for those projects. However, if you are going to purchase this to just use as a glorified stylus, save your money. This is such a cool piece of technology and shouldn't be used as just a stylus.

    Prior to buying this, I scoped out reviews and noticed a few concerns. Apple will need to sell extra tips at some point, but there is no point in taking away a star because of that. I have no need for extra tips at this point, and I have my spare pieces stored in a safe place where they won't get lost. The cap on top of the pencil is a little loose, as others have shared, but, once again, there is no issue with it. The magnet is sufficient to hold it in place.

    In conclusion, I highly recommend the Apple Pencil. Take care of it and the extra pieces it comes with, and you won't have an issue.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Just Works

    I've had my pencil and 9.7" iPad Pro for couple months now and I love it. It is as natural as writing on real paper, and now I don't have to use up paper (and I have an undo button and flexibility in color and type of drawing tool). I've tried various styluses in the past, but I have always much preferred a pen and paper for note taking and designing for responsiveness, accuracy, and overall feel. This is the first time I have actually preferred the digital version!

    I had read several reviews complaining that the cap it too easy to lose. I have never had any trouble with this, because it is held on with a magnet and has not come off with my pulling it off. And when charging, I set the cap next to the pencil, and because charging is so quick, I never have time to misplace it or move it around.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally

    The Apple Pencil is an awesome product in most apps. Some of the apps (that sell their own pens) don't support the pencil and while it works, it doesn't deal with palm recognition very well. But apps like Good Notes that actually see the pen and have no finger or palm writing when it is on, work absolutely like paper. The pen has a nice feel to it when writing and I finally have a way to write on my iPad for notes instead of constantly having to deal with paper.

    I absolutely love it.

    P.S. I gave it 4 out of 5 because I am tired of having to carry this longer than any pen/pencil I've ever seen around with me. Should have had some way to attach it to the iPad or at least to the apple keyboard that is supposed to be so awesome. Don't buy their keyboard, it is terrible.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil - much more than just a stylus.

    This was bought to replace an Adonit Jot Touch for use with Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The Pencil is extremely good, offering very good levels of latency and sensitivity. An immediate advantage I found is that in use with the Adobe CC apps, it is not necessary to calibrate by telling the system at what angle you hold the pencil, unlike the Adonit.
    It also feels very sturdy/robust in the hand. Apart from the minor drawback of the cap over the Lightning connector which some say could be prone to being mislaid; my only other criticism would be that the Pencil lacks a finger-grip, so I have found it slips a little during prolonged use.
    Aside from this, the Apple Pencil is a great compement to the iPad Pro.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great tool, well designed

    The Apple Pencil is a beautifully designed item. It smooth outer, magnetic lightning cover, and side weighted design that puts the logo facing up when on a table is a subtle but very cool design feature!

    There is zero delay in using the Pencil with apps, whether drawing or writing. Very impressive when compared to other stylus' on the iPad Air :)

    There is an unintended positive outcome of having the Pencil and iPad Pro - my 2yr old toddler absolutely loves drawing on the iPad with the Pencil now... Expensive "toy" but very cool

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