When the Apple Pencil was released, it received two major opinions. On one hand, some people loved that Apple released a stylus for the new iPads. However, other people thought the Apple Pencil was too expensive and not worth the price difference between it and cheaper alternatives.
Now, Apple has released a second generation of the Apple Pencil, so clearly, it’s here to stay. But that doesn’t make it perfect. If you’re considering an Apple Pencil, think about the various pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
What Is the Apple Pencil?
The Apple Pencil is Apple’s own stylus, and it’s compatible with a variety of recent iPad models. There are two generations of the Apple Pencil, and each generation is compatible with specific iPads.
The first generation Apple Pencil is compatible with multiple iPads, including:
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad (7th generation & 6th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation & 1st generation)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Compare that to the second generation Apple Pencil, which is compatible with:
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch
If get the correct Apple Pencil for your iPad, you can use it like you would any other tablet. However, the Apple Pencil does require Bluetooth, whereas some other styluses work without power or any type of connection
Apple Pencil Pros
The Apple Pencil has a lot of amazing features, such as an instant response when touching the screen. It takes advantage of the powers of the iPad to offer minimal lag time, and it’s a genuine Apple product. That makes it a great option for anyone already in the Apple ecosystem.
However, you can still benefit from the Apple Pencil, even if the iPad is your only Apple device. If you’re not convinced of the Apple Pencil’s power, consider these advantages.
By Apple, for Apple
If you’ve ever tried to pair an iPad with a third-party accessory, you may know that it can be hard. Even using a non-Apple charger has been known to cause problems for iPhones and iPads. Although that may not be as pressing of an issue for styluses, it’s still nice to use an Apple product with your iPad.
The Apple Pencil was designed to work specifically with your iPad model. While that means you can’t use just any generation pencil with any iPad, it means when there is compatibility, it will be good. It pairs easily with your iPad, and it will work with one iPad at a time.
To connect your Apple Pencil, just remove the cap and plug it into the Lightning port on your iPad. The two will pair together, and you can start writing, drawing, and more.
The Apple Pencil writes just like a pen or pencil does on paper. It’s smooth, and there not much lag between the motion and the appearance of ink on the screen. Any lag that’s there is very minimal, and at times, isn’t noticeable.
Meanwhile, some other styluses have a bit of a lag between when you touch the screen and when ink appears. That may not be an issue if you rarely use a stylus. But if you want to use a stylus every day, you need something much faster.
The Apple Pencil makes writing on your iPad as easy and seamless as writing on paper. Who could ask for anything more?
Easy to charge
One of the biggest gripes people have had with the first generation Apple Pencil is how it charges. You have to stick the end of the stylus into the Lightning port on your iPad. That can make for an awkward tablet if you need to use your iPad while your charge the Apple Pencil.
However, it’s still easy to charge. As long as your iPad has some battery, you can plug in your Apple Pencil. You don’t need any extra charging cables, though the first generation Apple Pencil does come with an adapter so you can charge it like you would charge your iPad.
Charging is also super fast. You can charge the Apple Pencil most of the way in a few minutes.
Apple Pencil Cons
While the Apple Pencil is a good tool, it does have some downsides. If you’re planning on getting an Apple Pencil or if you just got one, it’s good to know what might make the stylus frustrating to use.
Here are a few negative aspects of the stylus that everyone should know.
There’s no getting around it. The Apple Pencil is expensive. At $100, there are many styluses for much cheaper.
If you lose or break the Apple Pencil, you’ll have to buy a new one, which can cost money. So hopefully, you can be protective of it so that you don’t have to spend that money more than once.
If you want to use a stylus but are on a budget, you might want to consider some of the more budget-friendly options on the market. That way, you can see if a stylus is for you before you shell out so much cash.
Another downside that doesn’t apply to some styluses is that the Apple Pencil requires a charge. It runs on Bluetooth, so you also need a Bluetooth connection. While Bluetooth is pretty reliable, there’s nothing worse than trying to use your stylus only to find that it’s out of battery.
If you make charging part of your routine, you won’t have a problem with this. However, it is something to think about if you want to be able to use your stylus at any time.
Especially since you can’t use the stylus while using the primary charging method, you have to keep it charged just in case.
While the Apple Pencil works great with compatible iPads, it doesn’t work with other models. If you decide to get a new iPad, you may need to get a new Apple Pencil. After all, the first generation stylus doesn’t work with some of the newest iPads.
Of course, Apple products tend to have long lifespans, so you shouldn’t have to worry about this too much. But if you like to upgrade your iPad every year, you should keep compatibility in mind.
You may need to save up for more than just a new iPad.
The Digital Divide
The Apple Pencil has proved to be a useful tool for many iPad users. However, it’s not without its fair share of issues. If you’re considering investing in the Apple Pencil, consider both sides of the equation.
It may be just what you need, but it also may not be worth the hassle. That’s all based on you and how you use your iPad.