• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Waste

    • Written by Chris W from Millville

    Bought this as a gift for my father. He has a master's in fine art, and he's retiring soon so I thought he might enjoy taking a stab at digital art since he already had an iPad Pro. He used it several times last year after he got it, but shortly after that his work got very busy and we had some family matters that took a lot of his time. Long story short, when he went to start using it again this summer (just over a year after purchasing it for him) he found that it wouldn't pair for more than a split second. On.. off.. on.. off. So we took it in to the local apple store, and they said they could replace it for 80 dollars, or else he could buy a new one. No. Other. Choice.

    That's deplorable. Three reasons:

    Number 1: Who makes a product with a one year lifespan? Maybe Belkin. Not Apple... I thought.
    Number 2: I thought Apple was supposed to be on the cutting edge of technology? Is this really the cutting edge? The device is great, but tell me you knew this would only last about a year... If not, what happened? If so, you really need to say so up front.
    Number 3: Customer service used to be impeccable with Apple. Now you're saying even though it lasted a year you're only willing to discount a replacement by 20% for a battery replacement? Again, you should make this known before you sell this thing.

    Everyone interested in this product needs to know this has roughly a year lifespan before they purchase... Sorry. I'm frustrated. But I really never expected this kind of disappointing product to come from a company I've respected for so long.

    Sad, Apple. Sad.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working!

    • Written by Rebekah S from Belleville

    I bought the pencil May of last year and it worked perfectly fine until now. I have tried everything to get it to work again and that did nothing. Of course....it's barely past the 1 year warranty mark so it can't be replaced now which is frustrating. I was told that it would be the same cost to fix it as it did when I bought it! Ridiculous!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious battery problem

    • Written by Andrea P from Basiliano

    The lifespan of the battery is very bad. I've 2 pencils 1st gen and both of them are defunct because battery won't charge anymore.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped pairing

    • Written by William O from Palm Harbor

    What Apple fails to tell everyone is that the automatic upgrades to the iPad Pro may kill the pairing with the pencil. Apples solution is just buy the newer version of the Pencil which they made 30% higher in price. My new policy is if your product stops working due to your software upgrades I never buy any version again.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Waste

    • Written by Scott R from Big Bear Lake

    When it works, it's great..
    BUT, the design and battery are really bad. I don't use the pencil that much, but have already had to get a replacement while under the original support. The new one literally lasted only a month or so, and now the pencil will not charge or be recognized by my ipad pro.
    Re: design, the cap and charge adapter are both easily lost. The round design creates a problem when you set it down, it rolls right off the desk...
    Take my advice and don't bother with it...

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not worth it

    • Written by Charlotte B from Lake Charles

    I really wanted the pencil becauseI I was an Android person and I switched over to Apple iPhone when the airlines band the Galaxy phone from flying and I had a flight from New Jersey back home and could not take my phone. So that was my decision to switch to iPhone, so since I have everything apple. I have the iPhone, MacBook pro and a iPad pro 11. I have the Apple pencil with my tablet, but it is so bad I want to throw it sometimes not worth the money. My finger works better then this pencil, I was going to write a review before but I waited to see if it would get better and it hasn't after months of being patience. I would never suggest to getting this Apple pencil. NOT A GOOD BUY
    Some of my choice words could not be use in this review. It would not post.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad buy

    • Written by Eleanor G from Hooper

    Very disappointed for the money. It will not hold a charge, I did like the way it worked when I first bought it. I think Apple needs to replace faulty pencils. I only have had it for approximately one month. I certainly don’t recommend anyone buying this item.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's.... Really Bad. Don't buy it.

    • Written by Madi D from Rapid City

    I got mine with a gift card less than a month ago, used it a few times and noticed that my hand would cramp very badly after only an hr or so of use. Went to pick up the stylus for my Wacom tablet and was shocked by how light it was.. turns out the apple pencil weighs a TON for something so small and its "sleek" design means its hard to hold on to. Thus, hand cramps. I was gonna buy a pencil grip from Walmart to see if that would help, but it doesnt matter because it died on me. Didn't charge it for a couple days, now it wont hold a charge at all. I'm glad I got it using a gift card, because its an absolute waste of $100. I'm honestly mad I had to spend $6 of tax on it.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken tip...good luck

    • Written by S Franklin W from Johnson City

    Worked fine until the tip broke leaving 1/3 of the tip inside the pencil. Good luck getting it out without damaging the pencil. This is a serious design flaw from a company priding itself on design. I would not recommend any "pencil" that leaves a portion of the breakable tip internal to the device and inaccessible for removal and replacement. $100 rendered obsolete by a $5 piece of plastic. Unacceptable Apple.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil as waste of my time.

    • Written by Trevor C from Orange

    I have been a great supporter of Apple products for many, many years. My last iPad Pro plus Apple Pencil were a great team. Unfortunately, I was convinced to upgrade to the latest due. The iPad Pro is definitely better, though I'm not sure enough to warrant the cost. The new Apple Pencil is nothing more than a waste of both time and money. My major use is research, so with software such as PDF Expert, the use of both is essential. If I leave my Apple Pencil for more than a few minutes it disconnects. The real problem is obtaining a reconnection. Sometimes it takes in excess of 15 minutes for successful connection. The response is "connected", but that's not to say that it actually works. Totally a NEGATIVE from me!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product failed after second use

    • Written by Eric S from New Hyde Park

    I used this pencil twice without issue, trying to use it s third time failed to work. My Apple Pencil is dead and I barely used it at all. This is a faulty product and should be recalled.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Best for morse code and first grade handwriting

    • Written by Johan T from Linköping

    Click click click. It is so loud I had to put masking tape on the nib to reduce the clicking. It is ridiculous that there are no alternative nibs.
    I have used this inferior product for a month now and I still write like I did in elementary school. I do not do this with pen and paper, nor on my Surface Pro with a Surface Pen (which is far superior to the Apple Pencil). I honestly write pretty well normally.

    I'm glad to see the mediocre rating it has here, because I was surprised after reading/watching so many positive reviews in the tech press compared to how bad my experience was. It might be good for artists, but for note taking it is a horrible product.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died so young

    • Written by Frankie H from Arlington

    I only used this pencil once. I kept it in the case for many weeks. Now that I need it, nothing. Dead and gone. What a waste of money. Never again!

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery has died after not using it for a few months

    • Written by Praniti T from Nashua

    I have no more trust in Apple accessories. Both keyboard cover and the pen died in just over a year. I have always thought that Apple products are of high standard and passed rigorously design/test, so it deserves the high price tag because it would last a long time, but I was wrong; these accessories don't hold that esteem, Now I suspect quality of all the products which were designed after Steve Jobs' era. (iPad, iPhone and maybe Mac are still fine since it keeps the same design since its glorious day.)

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs redesign. Probably planned obsolescence. Don’t buy this garbage!

    • Written by Wesley G from Milwaukie

    1. There’s no easy way to keep your pencil with your iPad and to protect it when not in use. Not even third party accessories suffice IMO.
    2. It’s too easy to misplace cap, adapter, and the pencil itself.
    3. To charge it after you’ve lost the charging adapter (pretty much guaranteed) you must plug it in to the charging port on the iPad. This leaves it sticking out where it’s easy to bump. This sometimes breaks off the male lightning adapter from the pencil, lodging it into the port on the iPad. Effectively breaking both devices.
    4. Doesn’t have an “eraser” end.
    5. Too slick.
    6. Stays connected to Bluetooth when not in use. Battery is constantly being drained.

    In my opinion there shouldn’t be extra parts besides the extra tips and you should be able to store them inside the pen itself. The charging end should be female. The protective cap should be large enough to store the extra tips in, have the smarts to be used as an eraser in compatible apps, and be threaded or hinged, so it stays with the pencil.

    I specifically bought my iPad Pro 10.5 so I could use the pencil. If I had known what I know now, I would have purchased a Microsoft Surface instead. Apparently they’ve fixed some of the design flaws with the 2nd gen pencils but they are only compatible with the iPad Pro 11” and 12.9”. So unless I buy a newer iPad and pencil, I’m out of luck. I really hope they make a new version of the pencil that is compatible with more iPads soon. If apple doesn’t, (considering the iPad Pro 10.5 is less than 2 years old) I will assume this is a version of planned obsolescence.

    - Sent from my buyers remorse filled iPad-

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don’t Buy!

    • Written by Victor S from Round Rock

    So, I bought the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the keyboard all to go along with my iPad Pro. I tested them first thing, and worked great! I kept the box to keep it in because there were extremely small charging parts for the pencil. About four days of use later, I opened the box for the pencil and there it was. I put the lightning plug in the port and it a pop-up message said “Connection took too long, make sure your Apple Pencil is charged in range and turned on.” I tried over and over, to the point where I gave up and tried to find YouTube videos on how to fix my problem. All of the videos were outdated. So then, I started to read comments or reviews on this product and all of them said that they got a pop-up message like I did, they sold it quickly, or they didn’t like the pencil in general. I don’t know why I didn’t read reviews on this product before I bought it because literally all of them are either one star ratings, or serious complaints. I am either going to complain to apple about my issue, or sell my pencil. Pleas don’t buy this product unless you know what you are doing, or they make a new upgraded working version of the Apple Pencil.

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Aesthetics over function, overdesigned in wrong places

    • Written by Stephen G from Great Falls

    Lots of money for a half-considered product. Ever since the iPhone 7 with no headphone jack Apple has lost touch with how people actually use things. No on/off switch, no way to really attact it to a device, and a cap to lose when charging it.... where have all the designers gone?

    Also - rating system insists I give at least one star. No stars would be more appropriate.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    • Written by David R from Iowa Falls

    Out of warranty used very little, it keeps changing from pencil, to marker making it difficult to use. Loved it at first, looking to buy a different brand. I’m guessing they make these not work to sell you another one, sorry Apple, you got me once, not twice.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it.

    • Written by Benjamin S from Atlanta

    It’s definitely one of the better choices for the 2018 iPad (the other being the cheaper Logitech pencil), but it’s not worth the $100. Charge runs out quickly, and unless you want to stupidly charge it by plugging it into your iPad and making your setup look like it has a military-grade antenna, you’re out of luck. Wish you could turn it off and on so that it’s only draining battery when you’re actively using it. Returned mine within a week and I won’t be getting any others.

    The 2nd gen looks a lot better, but as it doesn’t work with my iPad I won’t be getting it.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    didn’t work

    • Written by Annabel A from London

    was sold one that doesn’t work at all. very inconvenient, upsetting and disappointed. going to affect my job for tomorrow and cause many problems. waste of money.

    62 of 117 people found this useful