• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes iPad to another level

    • Written by Maryann K from Millington

    Bought a mini iPad with case that holds the pencil tight inside it and got a very thin tempered glass screen protector. All work great with the pencil. My rating would be 5 stars but I have only used it a few weeks so did not go there. What the pencil gives you for note taking and drawing is amazing! You can charge it by putting it into the charge port of the iPad-- just a few seconds gives enough charge to use for a while and when it is time for a full charge, it charges quickly and lasts long. That makes me very happy since I do not need to take the teeny adaptor or another charger.
    I got started by using the NOTES app and downloaded a couple apps-- Procreate and Paper. These have a learning curve-- Procreate is not exactly intuitive. Hopefully I will get the hang of it as I love drawing but have to start over learning it if I go for a few days without using these apps.

    With notes I can make a quick sketch of something or take notes that include illustrations. But the art apps have all sorts of colors and special effects and features so I will be digging in to those. Now that I have a note pad/book size iPad this is the perfect partner for it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    • Written by Lestae N from Woonona

    My Apple Pencil that have bought is very good, except that for $145 it is very weak as I have nearly broken it a couple times. If you made it out of a stronger material I would have given this a five stars. Other than that it is pretty good

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love the pencil but....

    • Written by Amoodha A from Honey Brook

    I just received my Apple Pencil 1st generation to use with my 2nd generation 12.9 inches iPad Pro. I inspected the pencil and the extra tip and the adapter it came with. I like that there is a extra tip and the adapter to use the cable to charge the pencil rather than sticking the pencil to the iPad to charge it. I read several reviews and watched you tube reviews for a month before making the decision. Many reviews did mention the adapter although I didn’t understand what it was. So I was very glad when I saw the adapter and found the purpose.

    The only thing I am not happy about is the cap for the charging tip. It wasn’t snug so I called the customer service of the store I bought the pencil thinking it was damaged. After calling I searched fore cap reviews and found out the cap is magnetic. I really do not like the design of the cap and the magnet isn't very strong. I'm afraid it's going to get knocked off and lost. I bought the accessories made by Finite and sold by amazon. It comes with a silicon cap for tip and tethers for the cap and the adapter. Hopefully I won’t lose the cap and the adapter.
    I charged the pencil for half hour and I am not sure how long it will last. Yet to check out the widget. I wish that the pen would light up and show you how much battery you have left on it.
    I am not an artist. I bought the pencil to take notes on one note and convert it to typed text. So far I am very happy with the pencil except of course the magnetic cap. Hoping apple will design a more secure cap.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Possible fix for pencil not working.

    • Written by Ralph S from WEST SPRINGFIELD

    I’ve had my gen1 pencil for a long time and really like it. Recently, I went to go use it after a long period of not using it and could not get my iPad to pair with it or even have it show up in the list of bluetooth devices. I searched around and found a lot of people had the same issue and just bought replacement pencils assuming their pencil was dead. I was going to go that route myself and then wondered if the pencil just wasn’t charging using an external poswer source and adapter, so I plugged it in to my iPad to try and charge it that way and within a minute a popup appeared telling me the Apple pencil wanted to pair with my iPad. I hit OK and the pencil has been working fine ever since.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It a beautiful and good pencil but...

    • Written by Perla F from Visalia

    Keep in mind it makes tapping noises when you write and draw on the iPad 6 (2018) other than that its a good pencil charge fast and great to draw.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the pen, adapter doesn't work

    • Written by Tara S from Glendale

    The pen is lovely, works well, and charges SUPER fast through the ipad with no more than a 1% drop in the ipad's battery. However, it won't charge on anything other than an ipad, iphone (any actual apple device with a lightning adapter female port). The adapter it comes with to charge it through a cable, doesn't work for my pencil, I only charge it through the Ipad. It charges very fast, in less than 20 minutes. I really wish the adapter worked because you can't charge the ipad and the pencil at the same time otherwise. Other than this, the tips are worn down pretty quickly if you plan to use it daily (ie. school) In about a month I am already seeing small connectivity issues, I use the pencil for about 5/7 hours a day and they only provide one extra pencil tip through original purchase. Get the notability app, it's fabulous with the pencil.

    19 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, but not compatible with ALL artists...

    • Written by Alexis D from Henderson

    The Apple Pencil is crazy good. If you press light, your strokes come out light. It moves smoothly and never lags. 10/10 recommend for artists that use their HANDS. Confused as to why i’m only saying artists that use their hands? Well, you’re reading a review of an artist that uses her MOUTH. My parents, siblings, and I have had to create multiple sleeve inventions to make the pencil water-proof (because of my spit obviously). Even though some of these sleeves worked, the pencil isn’t able to withstand the pressure of my mouth. And I guess you can say, “well then bite lighter on the pencil,” I’ve heard that multiple times. The thing is, when your brain is flowing with a constant art flow, you’re not going to pay attention to the pressure that you’re holding the pencil. In almost a year that i’ve had my iPad Pro, I have gone through at least four Apple Pencils. I’m just putting this out there for future inventions Apple probably will create, but who knows if they will actually be reading this! All in all, though, I’m glad the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil were created because I don’t think my art life would get to where it’s at now. I still have tons of things to learn and improve on, and I’m glad that I chose to be an Apple user throughout my journey.

    19 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but improvements needed

    • Written by Douglas W from Altoona

    The Apple pen works wonderfully. I love it, but lacks some of the design details that Apple is famous for.
    1. Plugging the pen into the iPad for a quick charge is a disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t sit flat and puts pressure on the connector. Bumping it will snap it in two.
    2. It’s too easy to lose the little cap & charger adapter.
    3. The pen rolls away too easily & needs some texture, (i.e. knurling) for tactile feedback
    4. The pen is significantly longer than “regular” pens so it tends to not fit in your shirt pocket or other pencil holders
    Some of this may sound like nitpicking, but Apple is famous for thinking about these little details and making you go, “that’s clever” whenever you use one of their products. It just seems that the same thought did not go into the pen.

    39 of 56 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by Kevin C from Las Vegas

    The precision, connectivity, and battery life of this product is excellent. A few things need to be changed in order for this to be a five star product.
    First of all, the glossy coating is awful. It becomes slippery after using for a while and I had to go out and buy a grip for the pencil after one day of using it without one. Furthermore, the round shape, while elegant, is not intuitive. With a delicate electronic pencil, a shape that would prevent it from rolling off of your work surface would be ideal (thumbs up to Griffin for tachling both of these problems with their triangle-shaped grip).
    Although these problems were remedied with the grip I purchased from Griffin, for $99, I expect a product that has no need for accessories.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing concept!

    • Written by Putera H from Kuala Lumpur

    I love the Apple Pencil as it helped me with writing notes for college and drawing during my free time. The pressure sensitive tip also works tremendously. I just don’t get why they removed the ‘3D Touch’ feature throughout the OS in iOS 11. Otherwise, it is an amazing product. As I haven’t gotten a case yet, I use the original box as one.

    Overall, I want to give 5 stars, however I just can’t find the reason to.

    10 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaws

    • Written by Sara P from Westborough

    The pen works well with my iPad Pro 10.5. However, I really do not like the design of the cap on the end since it attaches to the pen magnetically and the magnetic isn't very strong. I'm afraid it's going to get knocked off and lost. Also if you are trying to pull your pen out of a pen case or something the cap comes off by then pen doesn't come out since the cap doesn't attach well. Also, it's hard having such a tiny lightening adapter be so necessary for charging the pen. I'm also afraid of losing the adapter. It also seems that the pen doesn't have long of a battery life. I wish that the pen would light up and show you how much battery you have left on it. It was nice of apple to include another pen tip in the packaging.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great drawing tool

    • Written by Andrew M from Mansfield

    It feels like a real pencil! The only drawback about this is that the tip is so hard. If apple could make different tips to would be more useful. For drawing, and writing, this is the best tool on the market!

    23 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s Magical!!

    • Written by Scott S from Creighton

    The Apple Pencil is the best thing to have happened for me & digital art! The Pencil is phenomenal with the apps that link up with it. Though with all the benefits that I love about the tool there are two things I hate about it and hope get changed with the new generation of the Pencil that is in the works. The issues I have with the Pencil are physical; one is color: I desire a black variant or even grey, but then there’s the texture. The Pencil is so glossy it’s annoying and I wish there was a matte variant.

    Only one thing has beaten the Pencil in annoying glossiness and that is the Nintendo New 3DS XL/LL and that thing is a grease and finger print magnetic street corner professional! Thankfully the Pencil is not as bad as that.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, needs some improvement

    • Written by Erin M from Lawrence

    The apple pencil works seamlessly with the iPad Pro. I use it for my digital art and love how fast it reacts. I have a couple complaints, though. The battery life is abysmal. I can only use it for a few hours before it needs to be charged. It charges fast, but when you have to stop for 30 minutes to charge your pencil, it really disrupts progress...especially when you're in the zone. Anyone who makes art will understand what I'm talking about. Secondly, I really dislike the tiny adapter piece required to charge the phone with a lightning cable. Why is it needed? Why wasn't the pencil designed to plug straight into the lightning cable? I understand it needs its current design to plug into the iPad to charge, but I rarely ever charge my pencil this way.

    21 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Fawwaz H from London

    It works great for everything I've used so far, except for PDFs. optimise the pencil in PDF's please, as you can't scroll with one finger, and my hand often accidentally hits the slides on the right side of the screen

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Case and No Logo

    • Written by Michael T from Fort Lauderdale

    Not sure what is going on at Apple these days. The stylus itself seems very nice. However it ships in a box with a spare tip, an adapter, and an eraser that pops off revealing a plug used to charge the device. But wow. All three of these tiny little items can get lost very easily. For this kind of money, it seems silly to not include a plastic pencil case in which the pencil and doo-dads can be stored. Makes the experience feel cheap. I took everything out, looked at the items, and immediately wanted a case in which they could be stored.

    Also, and this is a problem with the Air Pods too, there is no Apple Logo on your pencil! Even the cheapest No. 2 pencil has some flair on it with a logo or a name!

    Fit and finish don't seem to matter anymore at Apple. Steve Jobs would not have permitted this sort of laziness.

    54 of 85 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good stylus, bad charging

    • Written by Jason S from Pittsburgh

    I like the pencil as a stylus, it feels ok in the hand and I find document annotation to be pretty successful. It'll never mimic writing, of course, because paper has obvious differences in quality. Writing for long periods is tiring, because of the weight of the stylus and the hardness of the iPad surface. But the pencil's interaction with the iPad never gives me problems.

    Except, that is, when the Pencil loses its charge. I've never successfully charged this thing overnight, and it always needs to be connected to the iPad - if I just leave it stationed in an adapter on a wall outlet, it'll be at its same level when I wake up. I always have to insert it into the iPad to wake it up. It's not a huge deal - the thing charges in a few minutes - but it's a minor and persistent annoyance. Apple always wants its users to adapt to its products, and not the other way around. I don't have any love for this thing.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but could be improved!

    • Written by Lisa M from Crestview

    First off, let me say I love this Pencil!
    I've owned it for nearly seventeen months and have used it nearly every day. It's been dropped more than a few times and it stilll works perfectly fine. I've had to replace my tip three times, which I don't think is too bad after so much use. I ordered the replacement tips directly from Apple one afternoon and was very surprised that they arrived by FedEx the very next day!!
    There are a few minor things that I think could be improved; I do think the Pencil is a little too smooth, it could use some sort of texture for better grip. Its a bit top heavy, like not balanced correctly. The tips become loose when using the Pencil for long periods.
    I cannot wait for iOS11 and all the new things I'll be able to do with my Pencil! This is the best accessory!! I wish it worked with my phone too!

    32 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Issue with tip getting loose but otherwise a great tool

    • Written by Michael B from Novato

    I have had my Apple Pencil and iPad Pro 12" for about two weeks now, and I love both. Recently the pencil would stop working with the iPad despite pairing and charging. I solved my problem when I noticed that the tip had become loose; uncrewing it and screwing it back on restored full functionality of the pencil.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Slippery? The Fix.

    • Written by Kippen C from Lawrenceville

    The Apple Store employee was quick to admit that one of the pencil's biggest flaws is the lack of grip. My simple solution is 3/8th heat shrink. I cut a piece that shorter than the shaft of the unit and applied with low heat. Start in the middle and work your way out. Be careful not apply direct heat to either tip.

    34 of 61 people found this useful