Ap­ple Pen­cil

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£89 FROM Ap­ple, ap­ple.com/uk fea­tures Pres­sure and tilt sen­si­tiv­ity, Light­ning charg­ing con­nec­tor Wor ks with Any iPad Pro, iPad (2018)


The Pen­cil is a slim white cylin­der with an Pen­cil-branded chrome band sep­a­rat­ing the cap. It looks typ­i­cally min­i­mal­ist, and the shiny fin­ish, sim­i­lar to AirPods, is warm and not slip­pery. It feels very con­trol­lable in the hand.


The Pen­cil’s nib de­tects pres­sure and tilt, giv­ing you lots of con­trol. The Light­ning con­nec­tor at the other end slots into your iPad, so that the Pen­cil sticks out, which is not the best de­sign. The sup­plied Light­ning adapter is even eas­ier to lose than the cap.


The first time you use it, you have to plug the Pen­cil into your iPad (hav­ing re­moved its mag­netic cap) and tap Pair, then re­move it – fine if you just have one of each, tire­some if you need to swap around. Be­yond that, it just works.

In use

We found the Pen­cil both pre­cise and ex­pres­sive for writ­ing, draw­ing and paint­ing. The Crayon had some is­sues in spe­cific apps, in­clud­ing paint run-out in Pro­cre­ate and de­layed strokes in ArtRage; by con­trast, the Pen­cil was glitch-free.

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