Welcome to the future of Apple Pencils—the sleek and compact USB-C Apple Pencil. Apple enthusiasts, brace yourselves as we dive into the intricacies of this latest addition to the Apple Pencil family. Last week marked the commencement of shipments for the USB-C variant, and MacRumors is here to bring you an up-close look for those contemplating this creative companion.
Compatibility and Requirements
The USB-C Apple Pencil is a versatile tool, seamlessly integrating with all iPads equipped with a USB-C port and running iOS 17.1 or later. If you find your iPad among this distinguished group, you’re in for an enhanced drawing and note-taking experience.
Design and Feel
For those acquainted with the second-generation Apple Pencil, the USB-C variant is a familiar sight. With its matte finish and a flat side for attachment to the iPad, the design echoes the sleek aesthetics of its predecessor. However, keen observers will note a difference in size—the USB-C Apple Pencil is notably shorter.
Pairing and Connectivity
Unlike the Apple Pencil 2, the USB-C counterpart does not boast automatic pairing capabilities. To initiate the pairing process, a USB-C to USB-C cable is required. By attaching the cable to the iPad and the USB-C port on the pencil, users can seamlessly establish the connection.
At the base of the USB-C Apple Pencil lies a concealed USB-C port. Charging this creative tool involves utilizing your own USB-C cable, as Apple does not include one in the package. While the magnetic connection at the top allows the pencil to sit securely on the iPad, it does not support the magnetic charging feature present in the Apple Pencil 2. Charging, in this case, is exclusively facilitated through the USB-C port.
Priced at $79, the USB-C Apple Pencil is the most budget-friendly option in the Apple Pencil lineup. However, it does come with certain trade-offs. Unlike the Apple Pencil 2, it lacks the Double Tap feature for tool swapping, and pressure sensitivity for varying line thickness is notably absent. On the flip side, users can still enjoy tilt functionality and the Apple Pencil Hover gesture, adding a layer of versatility to your creative endeavors.
As the Apple Pencil family expands, each variant brings its unique set of features and compromises. The USB-C Apple Pencil positions itself as an affordable yet capable companion for iPad users seeking a reliable stylus for everyday tasks. While it may not boast all the bells and whistles of its pricier counterparts, its compact design and accessibility make it an enticing choice for the creatively inclined.
Have you had the chance to wield the USB-C Apple Pencil? Share your thoughts in the comments below as we unravel the possibilities and limitations of this latest addition to Apple’s creative arsenal.