Brick and mortar Apple Stores now selling a third-party stylus made for the Apple iPad

Brick and mortar Apple Stores now selling a third-party stylus made for the Apple iPad
Bluetooth connected stylus 'Pencil' is now available at brick and mortar Apple Stores. The stylus is designed to allow Apple iPad users to draw and write on the screen, and is available in graphite ($49) and hardwood walnut ($59) variations. Some of the features on the device include palm rejection, which prevents accidental screen touches by your palm from counting as an input. Depending on how hard you press the stylus on the screen, you can create lines of various thickness.

The move by the Apple Store to add the 'Pencil' stylus to its accessories line-up comes just a few days after KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo said that Apple would be selling an optional stylus for writing on the 12.9-inch screen belonging to the rumored Apple iPad Pro. Kuo said that Apple would be offering the accessory alongside the large-screened slate, which is supposedly going to be available in the second quarter of this year.

Apple Stores in the U.S., U.K., EU and Canada will be the first to stock 'Pencil'. Eventually, Apple will offer the stylus at all of its stores globally. The product is already offered by the online Apple Store.

source: MacRumors, Pencil



1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Actually looks retro-cool....

2. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

what's the difference between this and a regular stylus that you can buy from the store and use on your iPad? Just curious

3. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

A plain generic stylus isn't going to have the varying degrees of pressure sensitivity that this has. Plus the blue tooth commucations allows the pen to have multiple functions, such as one end being the eraser. A generic stylus will only be able to perform the currently selected function. It would be neat if this were detected by a magnetic field like the Note 4 stylus. But that technology is not built into current iPad screens.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

WACON's tech isn't built into the display. On the Note the WACON capability is a thin layer that is underneath the display. It is accurate to a single pixel which no capacitive stylus can every give you. As far as pressure sensitivity, software can try to perceive how hard you are pressing to give you similar results. The WACOM option is better because you are putting pressure on the actual tip where the sensor inside detect your pressure more accurately which is handled by the hardware and is better with no lag. I went and bought a full sized WACON pen because the one in the Note is simply to small for my hands. My hands aren't big, but I have very long fingers. The Note stlus is good for quick notes and stuff, but when I draw I have to have a full sized pen. The thing above is an ugly piece of junk. Without WACOM or similar tech, the iPad will never be what the Note is.

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