• 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jonathan R from Oxford

    Very disappointed as I have had two of these fail within a year of their life. The fault being that they suddenly refused to charge, and that was it. Apple replaced the first but it happened again on the second. If you look on the internet you will find many reports of the none chargeable pencil. Which is a shame because it worked very well up to that point but then nothing would, or could, charge it. At £89 it should be faultless. As I said, very disappointing.

    49 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this - BUT the cap is rubbish

    • Written by Chris D from Bushey

    The Apple Pencil has changed my life. I use it every day with my 12.9" iPad Pro. It is very responsive and works like you are writing on paper. All my work notes are done effortlessly.

    The thing that is so so wrong is the cap. Well, I have lost it anyway. I bought replacements which also have got lost. I now have a thing I found on Amazon which is a cap which is attached to a band around the pencil. Does the trick but does not look great but at least protects the connector.

    Apple - the device is amazing but the cap is a poor design. (Hence one star lost)

    I am a loyal Apple customer with a MacBook Pro, iPad Pro 12.9" and iPad Pro 9.7" so I am being constructive.

    And, if you want to send me a new cap for free I would be very happy!

    34 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Pencil

    • Written by Alison S from Magherafelt

    I have been thinking of buying the pencil to complement my IPad Pro for a while now. I am so glad that I finally took the decision to go for it. It is easy to connect, charge and use. Yes it would be handy to have a case included especially for the price but that hasn’t stopped me giving this product a deserving 5*.

    22 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Pencil

    • Written by John W from Edinburgh

    Swings and roundabouts for this pencil for me. The weight and feel have quality but there are some issues. The nib slips on the iPad surface so drawing is not easy to control. It doesn't have the resistance of a pencil or pen on paper so writing and drawing take practice. There's also a slight lag between movement and the appearance of lines but, again, you do get reasonably used to that.

    Where it seems to show lack of design development is at charging time. You can't charge your iPad and the pencil at the same time so if both need charging, work grinds to a halt. Which is not uncommon as the iPad eats juice when you are drawing or writing. And, of course, if the pencil dies, it's coffee time again waiting for it to charge as you can't work and charge at the same time.

    After all that, should it be mentioned that there's no pencil holder with the iPad Pro Apple case so you need to use chewing gum to keep them together. Or a third party one where someone has taken the trouble to think these things through.

    52 of 62 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What a device

    • Written by Raymond G from Norwich

    Just got my pencil and iPad Pro. Strange thing is I can't put the thing down, it's so addictive once you get going. The only gripe I have, along with other people it seems, is the loose cap and lightning adapter. Both are easily lost.
    Once again Apple have taken the technological lead.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by MICHAEL H from CHESTER LE STREET

    The one downside of this pencil is that it has to be paired to the iPad each time you switch the iPad on WHY ?

    You don’t have to pair bluetooth devices such as trackpads and mice each time you switch an iMac on.

    This may seem a trivial complaint but plugging the pencil into the iPad lightning connector is a difficult task if you have arthritic fingers !

    77 of 86 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by David F from Teignmouth

    I love the new iPad Pro and am enjoying the pencil. However I do find that the pencil discharges quickly if left within a short distance of the iPad overnight. The alternative is to unpair it each time or put the two items a distance apart. This was an expensive item, which is fine if it is great, but design seems incomplete. I would like to be able to just pick it up and use it, but design omissions get in the way of that.

    55 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery fails

    • Written by Andrew P from Leicester

    Purchased when it first came out and worked ok but very few apps to use it with so stopped using it.

    With ios11 apple stated there are more uses for the pen so I went to use it again and it will not charge because it hasn’t been used. The small battery dies if it’s not in constant use. This is not stated in the enclosed documentation with the pen.

    If you don’t use it weekly it will become an expensive ornament.

    Apple support was the worst I’ve ever experienced.

    144 of 165 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but...

    • Written by Matthias M from Peterborough

    Unfortunately there is nowhere to keep the pencil safe on an iPad. The pencil does not even have a clip, similar to the cheapest of the cheap BIC pens would have. The pencil is best kept on your desk at home, rather than being taken anywhere... Which makes it kind of pointless to have this in the first place.
    Great functionality, yes, but poor design. Useless as a day-to-day working accessory.

    80 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you own an iPad Pro then the Apple Pencil is a MUST have!

    • Written by Alexander P from Norwich

    This tool is essential for iPad Pro users. It gives the capability of being able to do so much more with your iPad and unlocks so many more opportunities. This is great for graphic designers, artists, architects, designers and so much more. I use mine to design first look designs for websites and I absolutely love it. It's worth every penny. It works seamlessly with the iPad and the battery life is flawless. Really really impressed with it. 100% recommend to all iPad Pro users.

    34 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but too slidey

    • Written by Fraser E from Billingshurst

    I love the design of the pencil and its almost as good as Wacom although a bit more expensive. It works great with my iPad and although it sometimes unpairs which is annoying usually works first time and is very easy to use. Unfortunately the glass screen of the iPad is too slide to use the pencil on and I feel as if I have too little control. I am not a particularly seasoned artist and certainly not with digital tools but even for things like note taking I feel like theres not enough control nor tactile surface response.
    Having said that I use it all the time for notes and photo editing and it works a treat, its so easy to carry it around and I feel like I can just chuck it in my bag like my other pencils/pens which I never could with the thick and rubberised Wacom pens.
    I have been considering getting a matte screen protector to help make it feel more paper

    37 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Didnt work for me.

    • Written by Jez W from New Malden

    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.....

    54 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best digital drawing device around.

    • Written by Mark V from Hemel Hempstead

    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.

    68 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously flawed design. REALLY flawed.

    • Written by Chris W from Stow-cum-Quy

    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.

    143 of 221 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It made me handwrite again.

    • Written by Odei M from London

    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

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil - much more than just a stylus.

    • Written by Andrew S from Swansea

    This was bought to replace an Adonit Jot Touch for use with Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The Pencil is extremely good, offering very good levels of latency and sensitivity. An immediate advantage I found is that in use with the Adobe CC apps, it is not necessary to calibrate by telling the system at what angle you hold the pencil, unlike the Adonit.
    It also feels very sturdy/robust in the hand. Apart from the minor drawback of the cap over the Lightning connector which some say could be prone to being mislaid; my only other criticism would be that the Pencil lacks a finger-grip, so I have found it slips a little during prolonged use.
    Aside from this, the Apple Pencil is a great compement to the iPad Pro.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great tool, well designed

    • Written by Stephen N from WARWICK

    The Apple Pencil is a beautifully designed item. It smooth outer, magnetic lightning cover, and side weighted design that puts the logo facing up when on a table is a subtle but very cool design feature!

    There is zero delay in using the Pencil with apps, whether drawing or writing. Very impressive when compared to other stylus' on the iPad Air :)

    There is an unintended positive outcome of having the Pencil and iPad Pro - my 2yr old toddler absolutely loves drawing on the iPad with the Pencil now... Expensive "toy" but very cool

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant for writing

    • Written by Benjamin P from Chichester

    I purchased the pencil to go with my new iPad Pro with a view of them replacing my notebook and pen. I am a university student who takes many notes in class as well as does the occasional bit of writing at home. I can see this device replacing my notebook for many tasks. You can tell you are writing on glass rather than paper however it feels natural and I have adjusted instantly.

    Low latency and long battery life provide an excellent user experience. I am not brilliant at drawing so can't make recommendations on this front however from playing with the device and seeing what others have created with it, it has huge potential.

    Cannot fault the functionality or the look of the product and would recommend to anyone.

    33 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely device but so impractical really

    • Written by Gordon K from Southbourne

    I woukd rate it 5 stars if the designers had considered what happens when you aren't actually using it. The weight on 1 side is nice when you put it down and it stays there but if there is any kind of slope it'll just roll away.

    As others have said the magnetic lightning cover is just being too be lost...should have been a screwtop.

    No clip for it so it's bound to get lost...even cheap normal pens have clips so why on earth did apple not consider that?

    Lovely to use, crisp and quick...

    Far far too expensive...

    68 of 81 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Stylus So Far

    • Written by Stephen C from Laurencekirk

    I've tried a number of stylii for writing on my selection of iPads. The rubber bulb versions are fine for poking at icons, etc. but useless for making notes. Adonit's Jot range is far better - I initially tried the Pro but the disk made it unnatural for writing. The Jot Script was almost there but I had to slow my writing down for the lag; it then started disconnecting at random and became unusable. The Jot Dash, my next purchase, was almost ideal - no wrist protection as it didn't use Bluetooth, and still a bit of lag, but it was comfortable and worked well enough for my note taking.

    However, having got myself the 9.7" iPad Pro and the Pencil, all others fall way. Well enough isn't good enough. This Pencil works as a pencil - naturally. It's comfortable in the hand and has imperceptible lag when writing or sketching. I hate to say it but it just works.

    Why not 5 stars? It lacks a clip and the lightning adapter and cap seem too easy to lose. I've sorted the first issue by adding my own clip (one for the Space Pen, held firmly in place with a patch of white electrical tape - not pretty but it works). Regarding the loose bits, there are tags already on the market to attach them - pity Apple didn't think to get in first. As others have said, a case would have been nice - perhaps a slim one with a pocket clip.

    As is often the case, Apple haven't invited the stylus, they've just made the idea work. Overall, pretty good for the mark I.

    41 of 47 people found this useful