Apple has introduced a brand new model of its fashionable Pencil peripheral for the iPad. Simply dubbed “Apple Pencil” but once more, it’s the least expensive choice to hold the title but.
The new Pencil is priced at $79; that is $20 cheaper than the first-generation Apple Pencil and $50 cheaper than the second technology. Apple says it can work with any iPad mannequin with a USB-C port.
In reality, the brand new Pencil has a USB-C port. That means you may use a USB-to-USB cable to cost it in your iPad, Mac, USB-C iPhone, charging brick, or no matter. The USB-C port is subtly hidden behind a sliding cap. This is a giant enchancment over the awkward “plug your Pencil into the iPad’s port” answer of previous.
The new Pencil appears to co-exist in Apple’s on-line retailer alongside each older variations of the product.
It would not help stress sensitivity, a key function of the opposite two fashions. It can connect magnetically on its flat edge and helps hover previews just like the second-generation Pencil. However, it may well’t cost or pair wirelessly through that magnetic attachment like that mannequin can, and it would not help the double-tap gesture.
The solely benefits the first-generation Pencil has over this newer, cheaper mannequin are stress sensitivity help and a Lightning port for plugging into older iPads.
All instructed, Apple’s Pencil lineup is now fairly complicated—particularly since all three merchandise are known as “Apple Pencil.” It will most likely get easier if Apple ultimately drops the Lightning-equipped first-generation as help for older iPads wanes sooner or later.
It’s good to see a less expensive choice within the lineup, although, since we have usually complained in our iPad opinions that equipment like this are too costly. This Pencil shall be adequate for lots of people.
Assuming you possibly can type the mess of a lineup out, you can purchase the brand new Pencil someday in early November, in accordance with Apple’s announcement.
This announcement comes days after a plethora of rumors about new iPads and iPad peripherals. Some predicted that some modest iPad refreshes would occur at this time, whereas others predicted a Pencil replace. That stated, this Pencil would not resemble the one described in these rumors, which stated it could have swappable ideas for various duties.
New iPads are nonetheless nowhere to be discovered, however they’re sure to reach ultimately. Don’t anticipate something greater than efficiency bumps till an eventual OLED iPad Pro replace, although.
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