Ap­ple Pen­cil

Is Ap­ple’s new sty­lus sharp enough to erase the com­pe­ti­tion?

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Ap­ple isn’t the first com­pany to make a pres­sure-sen­si­tive iPad sty­lus, but as is of­ten the case, now it has fi­nally made one, it is prob­a­bly the best iPad sty­lus you can buy.

De­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the iPad Pro, the Pen­cil con­nects us­ing Blue­tooth and trans­mits a sig­nal back and forth 240 times a sec­ond, so there is al­most no per­cep­ti­ble lag when draw­ing. For many dig­i­tal artists this po­ten­tially re­solves the is­sue of la­tency, which has held back other sty­luses from be­ing truly ex­cep­tional, and when com­bined with a phe­nom­e­nal de­gree of ac­cu­racy on the Pro’s su­per­sized screen it means your art­work is able to look bet­ter than ever be­fore.

The Pen­cil feels great to use in your hand thanks to its slick white glossy fin­ish. Tilt­ing it en­ables you to shade as if us­ing the edge of a pen­cil or char­coal, and draw­ing with the Pen­cil feels so nat­u­ral that you find your­self check­ing your hand to make sure it is not cov­ered in char­coal smudges or ink stains as you draw. It is this dis­trac­tion-free us­abil­ity which is the Pen­cil’s great­est fea­ture.

With other sty­luses you find your­self fo­cussing on what you are us­ing, rather than what you are draw­ing. How­ever, you have none of that with the Pen­cil, and the way it in­te­grates seam­lessly with apps like Pro­cre­ate and Adobe’s Sketch and Pho­to­shop Fix means you can sim­ply enjoy be­ing cre­ative.

At £79, the Pen­cil is com­pet­i­tively priced when com­pared to ri­vals. Al­though it cur­rently only works with the iPad Pro, if you have made the in­vest­ment in the larger tablet then your ex­pe­ri­ence of it will not be com­plete with­out one of th­ese. Alex Thomas

The Pen­cil is equipped with a Light­ning con­nec­tor in the tip, so you can charge it from your iPad Pro.

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