• 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.

    29 of 34 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.

    22 of 33 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.

    24 of 33 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

    49 of 62 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.....

    20 of 28 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.

    40 of 50 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.

    58 of 105 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?

    61 of 75 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 30 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!

    17 of 23 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

    21 of 25 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.

    35 of 39 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I love the Apple Pencil! The one thing I would do differently with it is that it would be better if it could be used on all iPad models. I got my boyfriend an iPad Air 2 for his birthday in April. My grandmother surprised me with an iPad Pro and the pencil and I just know he'd love to use it on his but seeing as they're only compatible with the pro I can't get him one without getting him a whole new iPad when there's nothing wrong with his and his is only six months old that'd be a complete waste of money.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Except...

    I like it quite a bit but it is aggravating that it has to be plugged in every time I turn my iPad on. I don't know about other users but I turn my iPad off when not in use. Once the link to the pencil is broke it must be plugged into the iPad lightning connector to re-establish the connection. This is inconvenient as I have an Otterbox case with connector covers. I'm also concerned about connector life with all this use.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't see life without it!

    I thought the iPad was getting a little stale. I just used for YouTube, ebooks, and maybe some music, not really worth getting considering I can do the same on my iPhone 6S Plus. The Pencil however, completely changes that. I now use my iPad Pro for school and work and has made both so much easier. I like hand write my notes, and write with the Apple Pencil, somehow, seems so natural. It write exactly how it would be on paper. And knowing where all of my notes are and automatically organizing them, I now can see life without these to pieces of awesome tech. I've even stopped buying paper. If you are in school or in an occupation that requires a lot of notes, writing, drawing, pretty much anything using a pen or pencil. I highly recommend the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil Love

    Great product. If you are in any creative or technical field (art, design, architecture, engineering,, etc.) this product is a must! I can mark up plans and drawings, and sketch ideas. It's the best of both the digital and written worlds.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    My wife is 79, and has Arthritis in both hands. The Pencil has eased her day beyond my expectations. She enjoys media and craft apps again. Thank you.

    74 of 79 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it - and I'm not an artist

    I really don't get the complaints about the pencil. I love it. It's super accurate and responsive and I don't think any responsible adult should have trouble keeping up with it. It isn't just for artists - anyone can find it useful. That's silly. And it isn't just a glorified stylus. I don't know how I lived without it before and wish it was compatible with my phone!

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Performance 5*, Pencil 2*

    Buy the Apple Pencil if you use the iPad and you will have no hassle or compromise. Performance 5*.

    Pencil 2*. No on/off switch (always on) so no control of the battery (iPad lets you know when you have 5% of the juice if you happen to notice). It uses the battery when the Pencil moves even if it is not being used (minimal use when not moved). Should have an indicator Green, Yellow (50%), and Red (25%) so we can plan when to recharge. To recharge, you need to use a tiny 1/2" adapter which is easy to lose because you have to take it off after the charge (for this part, Apple should copy the Adonit's method). Very easy to lose the top cap (cover for the charge connector). No pencil clip so you always have to think about not losing it.

    57 of 60 people found this useful