"Yuck, who needs a stylus?": the Apple iPad Pro does and it's called the Apple Pencil


Back in 2007, during the announcement of the original Apple iPhone, legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs jokingly expressed his animosity towards styluses in general. "Yuck, who needs a stylus," he claimed. Well, guess what happened at Apple's 2015 September 9 event: Apple not only unveiled the largest iPad ever, the iPad Pro, it also revealed the Apple Pencil

Just as its name suggests, it's a rechargeable stylus exclusively for the 12.9" iPad tablet. It has an embedded Lightning connector that allows you to directly connect it to the iPad Pro and charge it.

Thanks to the Apple Pencil, adopters will be able to unleash a whole new level of functionalities. Naturally, drawing and writing will be among its staple features. There will be a couple of built-in iOS apps on the iPad Pro that will allow you to make use of the writing instrument. It will work with the revamped Notes app, as well as the built-in Mail, where users will be able to draw and mark up on any incoming attachment.

Other developers that will fully support the Apple Pencil are Microsoft's Office suite, as well as a few of Adobe's iPad-tailored apps that will be exclusively available on the iPad Pro and will ship in November.

The Apple Pencil will cost you $99.

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95 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes Apple Pencil... S-Pen anyone???

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I remember Steve Jobs's line from the first keynote of iPhone.... "Yuck who needs a Stylus"

32. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Steve Jobs: “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas” Hence the pencil lmaooooo

43. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

They should name it ApPen(d). $99 for the pencil is asking for an eye to tag along when selling the kidney for iPhones!

6. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

What do you expect.. apple hasn't done anything "revolutionary" since the 4s

31. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The iPad Pro does look very good however all of their recent products seem to be natural progression and not revolutionary. So yeah you are right.

48. john15

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

It as if Samsung would say here you go buy a Note and pen toward him to be in a Pack anie But even pay it I do not like

51. AlikMalix unregistered

I have a question, will this pencil work on all idevices? Or just the iPad pro? Because if I'm right, the problem with s-pen you can't use it on anything but the device it came with. I would love that thing for my new iPhone. I have a few pens that I bought that have different pressure and thickness (I like to draw) - and that cost me more than this one thing. Still disappointed that Apple didn't include it built in - but I guess that's because it's universal, right?

60. OrangeJoe

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

The Pencil works only with the new iPad Pro. The S-Pen is compatible to all Galaxy Note devices. Tablets and phones, old and new models.

62. AlikMalix unregistered

OJ (cool handle, btw). Hey is that your assumption or did they announce that it only works with iPad pro? If that's the case then that's too expensive... Is the screen tech on iPad pro different from iPhones?

63. OrangeJoe

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

I believe so, It's on the Apple website, "Apple Pencil, designed for iPad Pro". Probably compatible only with the new force touch display of the iPad Pro. Compatibility would probably spread to their new iPad models next year.

77. AlikMalix unregistered

I'll have to go into Apple store with my 5s, my new 6s and try it out in person...

83. drblank

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

THat's because it uses technology that's integrated with the screen and it's more advanced. But I'm sure you can buy a Wacom stylus, which is what the S-Pen really is. You could use Wacom stylus on all iPhones, and iPads if you really wanted to. but most people didn't. I think if you play around with the Apple iPad Pro side by side with a Galaxy tablet, the Apple is probably going to be better. It recognized the angle so if you are a graphic designer, it changes the thickness of the stroke much like a brush does, so it's more realistic in how it works. More precision. I'm sure some graphic artists will do side by side comparisons and talk about which device they prefer. I think Apple did an interesting take on the stylus and I can't wait to check it out when they start to ship. At least they did something unique and different in the screen/pen design, instead of just going to Wacom, which they could have easily done, but they decided to design it in house, which is admirable.

85. OrangeJoe

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

As a person who have tried a lot of stylus enabled device, I would only consider getting the iPad Pro/Apple Pencil when the hardware and apps has matured enough. It's pretty much a beta hardware at this stage. I have tried the Bamboo Fineline (Wacom) on an iPad and it's not the same or as good as the S-Pen on the Note, - occassional pairing pain (bluetooth problems), lags too much, and it has a battery (oddly similar to the Pencil, hope it pairs better) :\ Wacom has a lot of different pens and tablets, and most of them are not interchangeable. some of them are; > Cintiq/Intuos = PRO level stylus, older generation is not compatible with the new and vice versa. > Bamboo = Entry level stylus, not compatible with the Cintiq/Intuos and vice versa. > Bamboo Stylus Feel/Bamboo Smart (Samsung S-Pen/Surface Pro 1 & 2) = compatible with all phone/tablets equiped with the stylus feel digitizer, but not compatible with the Cintiq/intuos/Bamboo and vice versa. > Bamboo Fineline = Compatible ONLY to iPad. The only Wacom stylus that requires a battery. If i were a serious artist and money is no object, i'll just get the Wacom Cintiq Companion tablet with a full OS instead. It destroys the iPad Pro/Surface/Note art productivity-wise.

82. drblank

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

S-Pen? What's that? Another Samsung product that someone else actually designed? Wacom actually designed the product. It doesn't do what the Apple Pencil does. And people can buy a Wacom pen to do the same thing the S-Pen does, it's just not as good as the Apple Pencil from what I've seen. Stylus pens are optional, which is how they should be, at one's option.

95. drblank

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Pencil > S Pen. More precision, more natural feel for the graphic artist crowd. Sorry, but Samsung/Wacom execution isn't it. here's an article to read. http://neurogadget.com/2015/09/11/apple-pencil-vs-samsung-stylus-is-one-better-over-the-other/15256

2. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

lol that name is funny but no lie as an android fan i have to admit that this thing is good

35. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

How this thing could be good, when use battery and charging ??? Have you ever seen S-Pen ???? That could even be embedded in the Note Pro 12+" two years ago? You iboys(yes you are) always say lately - "Apple might come latter but implement it better" HOW???

46. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Just watch the presentation of the Pencil before you make such broad and baseless points. The S-Pen can not produce the drawing effects that was done on stage and still hasn't seen near the app support.

54. willard12 unregistered

The S pen works throughout the entire OS and doesn't need specific apps to make it useful. None of which changes the fact that "we've been shameless about stealing others great ideas" or "who needs a stylus."

86. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Specific S-Pen functionality works throughout the OS, but not particularly well with 3rd-Party applications. It is relegated to the Samsung provided software. I own a Note Pro 12.2 and it is an excellent tablet, but the S-Pen functionality is limited. Also, "Who needs a stylus" was uttered in 2007 in reference to resistive smartphones at the time.

89. drblank

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

The Pencil, from what I've seen, is aimed at the graphics professional more than just jotting down notes. It can go down to the pixel level on a higher res screen than the S-Pen, it can change the brush style by the way you have the stylus tip, so if you want a fine point line, use the tip, you want to do shading, lean it on it's side, just like you would if you had regular pencil. Charging? It's got the built in connector to plug into the iPad Pro port for quick charging. It charges VERY quickly. The S-Pen has power, it just gets its power differently since it stores inside, but the S-Pen is very thin and small without feeling like a pencil. The Apple Pencil is supposed to "FEEL" much more natural like holding a pencil since it's the same diameter and has that weight on the back end. It's just something you have to play around with to understand. Since the Pencil is aimed more towards the Graphics/CAD crowd, it's optional since people will buy them to do other things where a Stylus isn't needed and they didn't want to make the IPad thicker to accommodate the Pencil for internal charging when it's stored or make the thing thinner sacrificing better feel when you hold it. If you had both side by side, I've read articles that said they preferred the FEEL of the Pencil over the S-Pen. It just felt more natural and something they could use for longer periods of time. The Note Pro is a outdated processor, lower res screen and couldn't hold a candle to the A9X chip. Sorry, but the iPad Pro would crush the Note Pro 12inch in benchmarks and the plethora of more professional apps. Plus the iPad Pro is thinner and lighter weight than the Samsung. Samsung as of late simply doesn't have a competing processor to the iPad Pro, they might have one next year with Qualcomm, but as they say, gotta see it to believe it and yeah, Apple does have the next gen A10/A10X chips ready to go to mfg. Qualcomm and Samsung are having to ditch other Core technology for newer technology, but we don't know if they can actually keep up with Apple's ARM chips. The thing is the Apple Pencil works in conjunction with screen technology. There's an article that shows the patent approval for the screen technology that works with the Pencil that helps become more precise without latency. Instead of talking and putting it down, wait until they ship, bring your Samsung Note Pro in for comparison and use some apps and play with both and see which you like the FEEL of and the way it works. Otherwise, you're acting like a puerile Fandroid.

4. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

$100!!!

30. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Needs one more zero.

74. MedLEB unregistered

No, minus $1 = $99

5. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Thanks to the spen the apple pencil was born.... Agree or disagree its the truth

10. DaggettBeaver

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

But no doubt Apple fans will say Apple invented the idea.

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Apple did it "right," as if the stylus was just waiting to be perfected for the masses. -.-

58. OrangeJoe

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Battery operated with limited functions, compatible only to iPad Pro. -far from perfect. More like beta hardware.

27. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

don't say that because apple did invent the idea but didn't used it untill they make sure they had it right?!?!?!?!?

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