• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short lifespan for $100 a pop

    • Written by CHARLES G from Chicago

    I have owned my iPad Pro for almost 3 years now and I just depleted my 4th apple pencil. It will no longer hold a charge and I find that I must buy a 5th. This one lasted 8 months. The first one I bought lasted 7 months. The 2nd was about 8.5 months. Same with the 3rd. I feel like, for the amount of money these things cost, they ought to last longer. I’m very angry I am about to drop another $100 to replace this thing!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after 6 months

    • Written by Wolfgang S from Aptos

    While it was actually working, I enjoyed using it and the way it felt. I use the iPad + Pencil and Procreate for art and work.

    It already broke on me by 6 months of use. Even when 100% charged, pairing over and over, and giving it a new tip that's securely on, it won't register on the screen when touched.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep charged or it will die

    • Written by Fiona D from Toronto

    Apple won’t tell you this - if the battery runs down to dead and stays that way for a few weeks, the ipencil dies. You have to charge it regularly or you will not be able to charge it at all. I now own a $99 stick that I used a handful of times. COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working

    • Written by Colin F M from MADEIRA BEACH

    Used a few times, then failed and wouldnt recharge. $100 for something I only used about 10 times. Waste of money.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I guess it's like a subscription.

    • Written by David F from West Hartford

    I use the iPad pro and it's pencil for work. I have to make hundreds of drawings per week. I've had it for two years and in that time I've had to buy two new pencils. I suspect many of you know why. They just stop working. Not very "Pro" if you ask me.

    It's happened yet again so I'm now about to go buy a third pencil only now they have an even more expensive model. Do i trust that one not to die unexpectedly at work? No.

    I couldn't be more angry at Apple for this. It's clear to me through my experience that they've willfully released a self destructing product.

    I'm held hostage to iPad due to my love of the app Procreate and I'm not interested in switching to a new drawing program. So here I go again to buy yet another pencil. Adios $100. Like I said, a subscription.

    I used to praise this set of tools to my artist friends and colleagues. Now I do the exact opposite.

    Get it together Apple.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great!

    • Written by Amanda M from Trenton

    I purchased this along with my 6th generation iPad intending to use both for school. All I have to say is that I love it. It's super easy and convenient to use. Rather than having to carry around notebooks and binders filled with papers, I have everything that I need in one place. I started to use both for work as well, which makes being organized even easier. I love how this pencil is compatible with an iPad that isn't iPad pro. It helps someone who doesn't have the money to spend on an iPad Pro.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Price is too much

    • Written by Abir A from Palo Alto

    New Apple pencil has launched in last October. Still the old one's sold for $99! Really disappointing. For those who use iPad for education and learning, this ridiculous price just drives them away from Apple's ecosystem.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced Junk

    • Written by David F from Mableton

    Have barely used it and today tried to finally use it. Totally dead and won’t take a charge. Hey Apple, ever considered, oh I don’t know, an on off switch? That’s right folks, if you don’t use your $99 pencil for a while it completely drains itself to the point of no return. Have tried to charge it for two hours and followed all their (Apple) troubleshooting recommendations. Nope, nada, zip. Thing is dead. So over $100 for about 3 uses. Waste of money and time. Steve must be rolling in his grave. Hey Apple, want to know why your stock is tanking? People are catching on that you are riding on the coat tails of your once great products reputation. Today there are very good options. I suggest you get back to quality and items that last. After all, Apple products aren’t cheap and I normally don’t mind paying extra for quality. I do however mind being fleeced for overpriced junk. With more than 3k complaints for this and other issues it’s safe to say that the Apple Pencil is just that, junk.

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot function without it!!

    • Written by Elisabeth F from Okeechobee

    I absolutely love my Apple Pencil for my iPad Pro. I’m working to go paper-free at work and this device works perfectly with the Notability app. The charge is fast and lasts forever. Kudos to the engineering team for developing this tech. When I need extra cushion, I slip a foam pencil grip on it and it still works beautifully.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't charge, too many parts

    • Written by Pauline S from Pleasantville

    reading all these negative reviews I can almost hear Steve Jobs rolling in his grave.
    This pen is truly next to useless. I thought I had done something wrong, but no, it's Apple corporate doing their designed obsolescence thing. Well played, you tossers. And like one of the reviewers did, this piece of plastic paperweight is only good for breaking in half and tossing in the nearest dust bin.
    It's slippery.
    It's loud.
    It's heavy.
    It's got way too many bits to break and lose.
    it rolls off your pad. Gravity people!
    and it costs wayyyyy too much for a piece of equipment that breaks so easily and has no replaceable parts. Truly brilliant from a corporate standpoint.

    Don't buy this nonsense. I'm switching back to wacom.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor life on the Apple Pencil 2 due to battery and BT pairing

    • Written by Henry S from St. Augustine

    I must say that both the design and the options for dealing with the inherently poor running time/battery life of the Apple Pencil 2 & iPad Pro 10.5" are way less than I expected and was promised at Apple.

    When I bought my iPad, I heard nothing but good things about the combo or the Apple Pencil with the iPad. The reality is that it's a poor performer mostly due to the short life and lack of sleep control of the pencil device. IMO, there should be a away to shut it off automatically and pair it again as was described for me to do manually after each use. I take off TWO STARS in rating the quality of this Pencil as a result of NO POWER CONTROL and SHORT BATTERY LIFE.

    I'LL TAKE OFF ONE MORE STAR FOR APPLE SUPPORT ADVISOR POOR knowledge of this issue which has been mentioned now at many, many (Non-Apple) places. Is this some well-undisclosed feature? I don't think so! I will say that when it's on, the Pencil is quite responsive, though short lived.

    17 of 21 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,

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor execution

    • Written by Brent G from Wildwood

    We have been really disappointed with the Apple Pencil. We did not use it often enough and as a result the battery will no longer charge. Once the 2018 9.7 iPad released we tried to use it again and it's a paperweight. There is no way to change the battery, so this was just a waste of $99.

    29 of 31 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.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love, hate relationship

    • Written by Brittany D from Presto

    I bought my apple pencil a little over a year ago before starting Optometry school. When it works, it is the BEST thing. It feels just like writing with a real pen and paper. It makes studying so much easier for me. However, after not even a year of having it, it broke and I had to get replaced. Now, it is currently not working again and I am probably going to have to replace it AGAIN. Clearly there are a lot of things that need to be fixed with the quality and durability of this product. For a more expensive stylus I expect and demand better. I hope they can make it with a longer lifespan because it truly does work amazing when it works.

    43 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Regret this purchase

    • Written by Melina B from Brooklyn

    I purchased my first iPad this year (iPad 2018) which is one my most prized and life-changing devices I’ve purchased. I also decided to purchase the pencil along with it because I felt it was practical and a eco-friend. I’m a student who became increasingly conscious of how much paper I waste as scrap to draw diagrams or solve problems. I also LOVE using it while I paint my nails or am eating finger foods. The lag is microscopically small so it’s wonderful to write with but I’m not reviewing it for its functionality.

    There are just far too many small details that make owning one such an annoyance that I honestly regret the purchase, even if it made iPad use easier. It’s literally just its physical design. I hate it. I haven’t been able to toss that box it came in because all the required/spare parts are loose; the charging bit (female-female) and an extra tip for the pencil itself when the original wears out, are unsecured. Not even a little pouch or clear baggy. They are very small and misplacing them is inevitable. Second, charging is such a pain because you have to remove the top (which begins to lose its magentism it seems; it comes off much easier now than it did several months ago), place the original top in a secure location while it charges since there is no storage pouch, and wait for it to charge for who-knows-how-long because there is NO way to tell. You also can NOT use it while it’s charging. I was surprised to find it’s unusable while connecting to an Apple adapter! Lastly, I have no where to store this $100 device anywhere. There is no stand-alone pencil holder for this. I either have to put it back in its packaging box or keep an eye on it. Believe me, you WILL get tired of this.

    I don’t want people to underestimate how cumbersome it is OUTSIDE of its functionality. The design isn’t sensible at all. Not an even a cord in which one end connects to the cap and the other to the body of the pencil itself? What about a cap that’s hinged to the pencil? Or having the charging slot within the actual device, like all other devices? I mean really who designed this? This is what Apple employees believed was worth $100, before taxes? How embarrassing. And disappointing. I don’t know if they knew about these obvious deficiencies and let them be, to continue having people purchase their next pencils, one slightly better than the other. Not even interested in the improved version or 2nd Apple Pencil model at this point.

    45 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product

    • Written by Samuel R from Yorktown

    It is a great product I saw all the low reviews so I decided to answer some complaints

    1. The cap sticks to the magnets on the edges of your iPad (the black glass)
    2. I have never lost the adapter but you can charge on your iPad which pairs it too.
    3. It may look silly when connected like that but I just put it in for 4 minutes and it finishes 100% charged
    4. It is not apple’s fault newer generations of Apple Pencil can’t work on older iPads I was upset too until I realized that a second generation Apple Pencil could not charge on a older iPad because of wireless charging besides the first one is basically the same thing as the other one.

    I like this product a lot so hopefully these tips help.

    58 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing and an expensive waste of money!

    • Written by Beverly C from Cooksville

    I purchased the pencil with an iPad a couple of years ago. My initial response was that it is unworthy of Apple’s reputation. It’s much too heavy to use for long, is really awkward to charge, the cap and adaptor are insanely easy to lose, & it’s lacking in features available in other devices of this type (such as a sense of virtual drag/friction — using it on the slippery iPad surface makes accuracy & control nearly impossible). I found over time that I primarily used it as a mere stylus since the control I was looking for in drawing or writing wasn’t there.

    Last week it just stopped working. It charges & pairs, but doesn’t do anything when I try to use it on the iPad. It can’t be repaired & is out of warranty so I was told my only option is to pay another $100 for a new pencil of the same unfortunate design. It would be nice if Apple would make some improvements to this version of the pencil to benefit disappointed customers or if they had made an effort to make the new version of the pencil compatible with older iPads.

    I’ve been an Apple fan for a lot of years, but they’ve been slipping in quality. My iPad, the Apple Pencil, & the Smart Keyboard I purchased together in 2016 have all had issues needing replacement or having to be sent back to Apple for fixes. For the price tags on Apple/Mac products, I expect better quality and longevity. Get it together Apple! I’m giving serious consideration to giving up on you!

    36 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine doesn’t work at all. I wish I could return it but it was a gift.

    • Written by Avagale P from hood river

    Doesn’t work. Really really bumbbed out, I got the new iPad and everything.

    24 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked okay while it lasted

    • Written by Jeremy M from West bloomfield

    The stylus was nice until it stopped working only a few months in. Very disappointed with the quality of this one specific product.

    38 of 44 people found this useful