If you have a new iPad Pro and a car, you should be wary of this odd Apple Pencil 2 glitch

If you have a new iPad Pro and a car, you should be wary of this odd Apple Pencil 2 glitch
Apart from being pretty expensive, at $129, we really couldn't find anything wrong with the second-generation Apple Pencil shortly after the upgraded writing accessory was unveiled alongside a new iPad Pro duo last fall. But that's only because we didn't think to test the functionality of the Apple Pencil 2 around a car's keyless entry solution. Wait, what?

We know you may have trouble believing this, but while Amazon is testing delivery by self-driving robots and Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars, Apple seems to have recently added a note to its support webpages highlighting some decidedly weird signal interference issues between the company's newest Apple Pencil and car key fobs. 

Although this is a very specific problem a small number of users is likely to sporadically encounter in a particular situation, it still shouldn't happen in 2019. Basically, the wireless charging capabilities of the Apple Pencil 2 can interfere with the signal sent from a car's keyless entry device to your automobile, making it impossible to unlock your car without a key.

As long as it's fully charged, the new Apple Pencil shouldn't interfere with your car key fob's signal

As long as it's fully charged, the new Apple Pencil shouldn't interfere with your car key fob's signal


Fortunately, there's an easy workaround you can employ whenever the aforementioned issue might crop up, as storing the Apple Pencil separately from your iPad Pro should eliminate the bizarre signal interference. You could also try to put some distance between the iPad Pro used to juice up the refreshed Apple Pencil and your key fob, although Apple's support documents do not specify how far you need to keep the two away from each other to stop this abnormal behavior from happening. 

On the bright side, the very root of the problem appears to be connected to the charging functionality of the Apple Pencil 2, so storing the stylus while fully charged alongside a 2018 iPad Pro should not interfere with car key fob signals in any way. Bottom line, this really doesn't sound like a big deal and something tells us Apple isn't going to bother trying to fix the glitch. But it's still a curious thing we never expected to hear about in this day and age.

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7 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 773; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Polished software and top notch hardware indeed.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You're buying the wrong car

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1251; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Makes me wonder how safe is this Apple wireless charging in a first place. This feels a bit more serious than transferring my iPad Pro in a shovel with a 1.gen.

4. dumpster666

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

Buy apple iCar -steve c(r)ook

5. Vancetastic

Posts: 656; Member since: May 17, 2017

Yeah, not a big deal. Heck, let’s call it a “security feature.” Who knows? It may even save lives!

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1275; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This is Apple's first attempt at incentivizing people into buying Apple cars. They will use this as an example that other cars have inferior security.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1497; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Exactly.

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