New Apple Pencil charges wirelessly, attaches magnetically to iPad Pro

New Apple Pencil charges wirelessly, attaches magnetically to iPad Pro
The original Apple Pencil was a cool accessory that opened many possibilities: from taking notes and sketching super-precise stick figures to drawing colorful, visually rich artistic masterpieces. But it wasn't without its issues. Carrying it around wasn't exactly convenient, and the way you charged it – by plugging it into the Lightning port of your iPad – has been ridiculed more than once on the internet.

Enter the new, second-generation Apple Pencil. At a glance, it looks familiar: white (now with matte finish), with a precise tip capable of sensing pressure and tilt. However, the accessory is now flat on one of its sides, and for a good reason. Magnets on the inside allow the new Apple Pencil to attach to the side of the new Apple iPad Pro models. We also hope this design will make it harder to roll off the desk!

The second big change brought by the new Apple Pencil is the addition of wireless charging. Simply sticking the accessory to the side of the new iPad Pro initiates the charging process.

And thirdly, the Apple Pencil 2 (if you want to call it that) can detect taps. This action enables quick switching between modes: toggling between drawing and erasing in Notes, for instance. 

Not a whole lot of technical details about the second-generation Apple Pencil are public at this time, so we're not sure if the accessory is any more sensitive than the first-gen. What we do know is that it is only compatible with the latest 12.9‑inch and 11‑inch iPad Pro models.

The new Apple Pencil will go on sale on November 7 for $129. Meanwhile, the first-gen Pencil will remain on sale (for $99) for owners of older iPad models. 


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11 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

Nice. Would’ve taken new AirPods instead though

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

same. airpods are still good though tbh.

3. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

New 18 Watt USB-C adapter included in the iPad. Finally decent charging.

4. alligator

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Still behind the Note9 stylus. Apple Pencil - you can lose it easily - charging is taking more time - it costs a lot But yes, everyone is amazed because it is Apple!

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

and yet the Note 9 is behind sales expectations.

6. Fred3

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

The only reason Note 9 is behind sales cause Samsung gives you more options through out the year to purchase (including all andriods as to apple, their iphones are the one so sales will always be big). If you said Samsung sales in general then no their not behid, Samsung haves the most sales.

8. gamehead unregistered

Lol good one

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, people will ignore the stuff they can do with the Pencil, because charging takes more time...

9. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If the pencil can last at least 2 continuous hours of taking notes and drawing, then it's OK, because most of the time it will rest on the magnet while charging... I wish my Surface Book's pen would do that... Because even though I've only changed the battery twice in 2 years it is still something to worry about...

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I was being sarcastic, which is hard to express it in writing :).

11. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Lose it easily? The thing is twice as big as the S-Pen and you can just magnetically attach it to the iPad...

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