Early October Apple introduced a new, more affordable Apple Pencil, which is now available for purchase for $79. The updated version, according to the company, has “pixel-perfect accuracy, low latency, and tilt sensitivity”, features that can make it an ideal tool for a range of tasks, including note-taking, sketching, annotating, and more. It features a matte finish and a flat side that magnetically attaches to the side of an iPad for convenient storage. It can be paired and charged using a USB-C cable.
The Apple Pencil has set high standards with its advanced precision, low latency, and support for tilt sensitivity, and its new iteration continues to provide these features, ticking all the boxes for those who need them. It works out-of-the-box with iPadOS features, like Scribble, Notes, and collaborative work in Freeform. When used with the M2 iPad Pro models, it supports Apple Pencil hover, enhancing precision.
A non-removable sliding cap hides the USB-C port, allowing customers to connect it to various iPad models with a USB-C connector for pairing and charging — and when magnetically attached to the iPad for storage, the new Apple Pencil enters a sleep state to conserve battery life.
Apple’s decision to offer both the new Apple Pencil and the existing models provides customers with options based on their preferred features and iPad model. For instance, iPad (10th generation) users can choose between the new Apple Pencil or the first-generation Apple Pencil, while iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini owners can opt for the new Apple Pencil or the second-generation Apple Pencil.
This release aims to expand the possibilities for users to engage with digital handwriting, annotate documents, and leverage the versatility of the iPad. With an accessible price point and a variety of choices, Apple is making it easier for customers to find the perfect Apple Pencil to meet their needs. More information on compatibility and the Apple Pencil lineup can be found on the official Apple website.