• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    I bought this along with 6th Gen iPad to eliminate the use of paper, and I wished I hadn't bothered. It is very expensive to buy, the cap is very easy to lose, and is $20 to replace.
    Battery life is very poor but it does charge quickly. I also have to keep plugging mine into my iPad to "renew" the connection, otherwise it doesn't work if you haven't used it for a day or two.
    As others have mentioned, it is too long, has no standard pocket clip and no convenient way to attach to iPad. Also, why can't it have an eraser on the other end the same the Microsoft one?

    I am going to try and sell mine and buy another brand instead

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but life expectancy is way too short

    I used my apple pencil without an issue for almost a year. Then I didn't use it for about 6 weeks. The battery drained during that time. When I tried to charge it, the charging symbol would appear, but it would not accept a charge. The battery is not replaceable in this product. I took it to an Apple store, and they offered a replacement for $79.99 (it was out of warranty by the time I took it to them). I declined. That's a lot of money for a non-serviceable product that failed in about a year.

    The tapping sound on the iPad screen is distracting, especially to others in meetings. I also found it inconvenient that it has no pocket clip. I used the pencil regularly to make notes and drawings when estimating jobs in the field. For this application, a pocket clip would be very helpful. It seems that Apple chose the sleek design over functionality. The tip is easily damages if the pencil is dropped. It seems foolish to me that Apple designed a product that charges via a ridiculously small lightning cable adapter that is easily lost. That should have been built into the cap. The other option is to plug it into the tablet's charging port, but this creates a risky situation of the plug on the pencil being damaged or broken if the pencil is bumped while it's plugged in.

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stylus Redesign

    I was given the Apple stylus for my birthday and I was so excited. After using, it I felt that it was too cumbersome to store. It’s too big and clumsy . I wish it would have a clip so that I could pin it on my cover of my iPad or shorter. The tip fell off and I lost it so it cannot be used now.

    I also found out that I had to recharged it. It was too troublesome to use, I had to revert to my cheap $4 stylus. It is not even compatible to my bamboo app. It’s sad. It was an expansive gift but not too usable.

    Please improve the pen.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short battery life and poor writing feel , miles away from the Surface pen

    I am a long-term user of both Apple product and Microsoft surface line (I own the surface 3, surface book 13 inch and a new surface book 15 inch). The current apple pencil is nowhere near the performance of the Surface pen comes with the Surface tablet/laptop line. The battery life with the apple pencil is so short that you will frequently face the situation of picking up the apple pen to write down some important notes, but finding out it is out of juicy. The other major issue is the tip made of a solid plastic, and there is no damping. Writing on the glass surface of an ipad/pro is like striking a glassy surface with a glass stick, not only making a lot of noise while writing, but also the writing experience is so awkward compared with the smooth, well-damped tip design of the surface pen which resembles the feeling of writing on a piece of paper so well. I see plenty of comments saying how much people love the precise drawing experience, and I have no intention of arguing against all the personal experiences. But if you have indeed compared the apple pencil and the surface pen side-by-side, as I am doing this every single day, then the apple pencil has a long way to catch teh refinement of the surface pen.
    Something for Apple to consider, maybe things could be getting better in the next version of the apple pencil. I hope!

    35 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Use it or lose it

    Left my apple pencil in my desk for a month. Now it is completely useless. Must be a battery issue but no warranty so I'm out of luck. If this issue is ever fixed I would be first in line to buy another one though, I loved it so much. I used it to draw pictures, create logos, and draw up engineering specs. It was amazing. Key word.. WAS.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple pen is already chipping and cracking

    I absolutely love my apple pen and iPad Pro. However, there are some flakes. The charger adapter is literally cracking in half long ways. The pen cap is chipping around the edges. They should make quality products for this price point. I am super careful with my pen never dropping it and always storing it safely. This is not acceptable.

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charge Apple Pencil sometimes!

    It was sad, that after receiving Apple Pencil as gift, I play only for 2-3 weeks with it and store properly on the shelf. After 1.5 years I decided to unpack it back and draw something in Procreate. The Pencil was dead. It didn't pair/connect with the iPad, because of without periodical charge - battery is slowly dying. Apple didn't replace battery in the pencil, so here we are - buy new one instead. There is big discussion thread on discussions.apple about the problem. Be careful

    39 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great but is a royal pain to own

    I bought the Pencil to work with my iPad Pro.

    It is without a doubt the most “un-Apple” product I’ve ever bought from Apple.
    The ability to turn the pencil upside down and use as an eraser - the most natural, intuitive thing in the world - is prevented - becuase the eraser end is where the charging/paring plug is. It is concealed under a very easy to lose cap. Every time you want to charge the pencil - you are going to have to remove and keep track of the cap.

    And to connect it the charger, you need to have with you the little female-female adapter that is provided with the pencil. So it’s fish the adaptor out, connect it to the wall charger cable. There is no indicator on the pencil itself as to state of charge.

    So after leaving it charging for a while, you have to disconnect it, store the tiny adaptor in a place you can find it later and then replace the connector cap on the pencil.

    Did I mention you have to keep track of all these tiny parts for the pencil to work?

    The pencil works fine but gosh, the total ownership experience at this price point is a head scratcher - and you would have an expectation of a better user experience than this from Apple.

    If you have to get it go ahead - but if possible wait for a version 2 to see if any of this needless busy work is eliminated.

    71 of 82 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvements.

    Overall, I'm undecided on how I feel about the ipad pro+apple pencil. For reference, I had a samsung galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition before it broke, and it was way ahead of its time in terms of stylus use. I switched to apple because I've had the least amount of laggy interface issues/crashes with ios vs android or windows.
    The good: I'm a student but also an artist, so the surface pro and pencil weren't precise enough for me. There are some really great apps that take advantage of palm-blocking and can customize the pressure curve when drawing. It's a well-balanced piece of hardware and good for note-taking.I liked the S-pen except for how tiny it was. I have small hands and it was still pretty uncomfortable.
    The meh:
    -Bluetooth connectivity seems to be the standard for these kinds of styli, but it'd be much better to follow in the s-pen's footsteps and have a stylus that doesn't need to be charged separately. You can't use the apple pencil while it's charging even if it's attached to an outlet, but the S-pen draws power wireless from the tablet so yeah, potentially shorter battery life, but outlets are EVERYWHERE and the iPad's battery charges really efficiently.
    -It also doesn't attach to the ipad so you'll need to find a case to hold the pencil and its tiny bits (the cap and llightning-to-lightning adapter). So yeah, don't lose it.
    -lack of eraser. It's called a pencil. It should have an eraser.
    The bad: Price and durability have long been sore spots for pencil users.
    -I got mine as a refurb which doesn't make a difference really. Apple needs to offer protection on these things because the material they're made of is super bad at shock absorption. Luckily I've dropped mine maybe once, but it's too slippery and brittle.
    -I've seen a lot of complaints about the battery too, and if apple had a good replacement policy, that'd be one thing, but there's no way to replace the battery so you have to get a new one. If you're lucky, you can get it replaced for free, but otherwise, you pay full price again.

    50 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor documentation for Pencil

    The Pencil box lists several places “designed in California”. Wow. Print on the unusually sized paper is very small and so light that that this user found it a waist if time to look at. Suggest a much much larger text for a web site for at least the safety information perhaps you could through in user information. I expected much more for $100 and from Apple. Over priced and difficult to find documentation. The designers must be so proud!
    Based on FAQ I am not the only one wanting more from information. Please think about customers once in a while.

    28 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not useful

    Way too expensive for the product. It is so easy to loose because there is no practical place to put it. I have now lost it. $100, gone! One spends almost $1000 on an iPad and another $100 for the pencil?
    I wanted to use it on e-books to highlight and write notes and it wasn't integrated with any books I had used.
    I hope Apple reads these reviews.

    63 of 77 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't drop this pencil ever

    I love apple products I've been buying them since 2003 but this product needs a major improvement. Furthermore, the product rolled off my bed twice and the tip of the pencil where u charge it at chipped up bad where the charging part is popping out of the pencil. don't get me wrong the pencil still works fine but I still think I should get a new one. also, don't use the pencil for long hours it will hurt ur hands you would think this 100 dollar pencil would be better than my 40 dollar pencil I bought from Amazon but my other pencil never broke and it fell off my bed too. Come on apple u shouldn't have to buy a case for pencil too it's bad enough u have to buy it for ur iPad pro too. Now you have to worry about if my pencil break too it's bad enough u have to worry about the iPad pro but I have to worry about that too come on! My point is apple come on I love ur products step up ur game with ur accessories. You made the new apple headphones way better than before now they are way better. Now u need to step ur game with the iPad pro pencil. I gave it two stars

    53 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil

    This item works really nice but it is really annoying to have to find out the battery life. Also, it really just seems like it is built for a classroom setting. This is not worth the $100 at all, unless you really want it.

    36 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works! Battery is Awful!!

    I purchased the iPad pro with this pen but the battery just drains even if I don't use it. I let it recharge for several hours thinking the next time I use it.. ready to go right?... Nope! Battery dead again! TOTALLY defeats the "handy note taking idea". Maybe for drawing it's ok but for business note taking, you'll find it super frustrating!!

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I will return this pencil

    This is not a good buy, the battery doesn’t last long. And there is some lag in the note app when I try to write

    39 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No battery idicator

    No Battery indicator, since I don’t use it often, i have to charge it before I can use. Also easy to lose the cap, have to buy a cap holder at Amazon, to keep the cap in place when I am charging it. also the little adoptor connect the charging head and the charger...... not a good design!!!!!

    32 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Bag - We need a 2.0 version asap

    The cap serves no purpose. Lose the cap and your life immediately improves. Charging is ridiculously awkward and inconvenient. Can't charge it from the vga dongle while you teach, even though the dongle has a lightning port. Very fragile: one drop with the tip down from 2 feet and you bend the metal nib and it's garbage. On the other hand, the writing is fabulous. I'm using it for everything. Can't wait for the 2.0 version.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped Charging After 10-20 Uses

    I've had this for only a few months, using it every few weeks, and it no longer holds a charge (it is completely useless). I've tried plugging it directly into the iPad and using the double-female connector to charge it directly from an outlet. Neither works. The iPad won't read the pen at all.

    Overall, I used the pen for maybe 10 hours total before it went dead. Absolutely unacceptable for a hundred dollar purchase.

    88 of 102 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a Total Redesign

    I was really excited for Apple Pencil and thought I'd use it all the time with my 9.7 inch iPad Pro but have found it pretty disappointing and it mostly just sits unused now. I unpaired it from the iPad because it does affect battery life and the pencil itself drains very quickly. The charging options are terribly thought out. I've never charged it via sticking it in the iPad's lightning port. The adapter that comes with it is small and easy to misplace, just like the optional tips and the end cap that removes for charging. My biggest issue is the actual size of the pencil itself. The pencil is way too long to use with the smaller iPad Pro. Maybe it's better suited to the 12.9 iPad. The pencil is lightweight but a little thick in your hands and too long to be comfortable. I really wish the pencil was shorter, thinner and more effortless to use and charge. Would also be nice if there was a magnet or something to keep it attached to your iPad. The tips are also not ideal, I have trouble with accuracy, it just doesn't behave like I expected. Hopefully the next generation addresses the shortcomings of the current one.

    53 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Kinda disappointed

    I got this pencil as a gift for Christmas barely two months ago. I took it out of the case to charge it. After charging it, I noticed it wouldn't work in the app it always worked in. I wondered why it wasn't working. When I went online to problem solve, the article said the tip might have come off. I checked and low and behold it was missing. Yes Apple gives you an extra one but I'm not sure what caused it to come off. Therefore, I can't keep it from coming off again. I thought to myself, I can't believe Apple created a product so sloppily. That means I'll have to keep buying a new one. Steve Jobs wouldn't have approved this poor workmanship. I have purchased a lot of Apple products. They won't be getting more of my money for any of their new so called creative ideas. I don't trust them anymore.

    76 of 93 people found this useful