Less than a month ago, Apple announced a new, low-cost USB-C Apple Pencil that is compatible with all iPad models with a USB-C port. Which was launched in early November and is sold alongside the original and second-generation Apple Pencil. Here are the most important facts and new features that the new Apple Pencil contains compared to others from the first and second generation.
Basic facts about the new Apple Pencil
◉ The new Apple Pencil has a similar design to the Apple Pencil 2, but with a USB-C port hidden under a cover for charging and pairing via a USB-C cable.
◉ The pen is compatible with all iPad models equipped with a USB-C port.
◉ It magnetically attaches to compatible iPad devices, including the XNUMXth generation, but does not support wireless charging or wireless pairing.
◉ Unlike the Apple Pencil 2, the new model lacks the pressure sensitivity of the iPad screen, the double-tap gesture to switch between drawing tools, and the option for personal engraving at the time of purchase. “This refers to the option available to customers to have an engraving or custom text engraved on the pen.” Their Apple TV the moment you buy it. This allows for a personal touch on the device. However, in the case of the new Apple Pencil model, this feature is not available.
◉ The pen supports the scrolling feature when used with the latest iPad Pro models, which were released in October 2022.
◉ The stylus weighs almost the same as the Apple Pencil 2, but is approximately 7% shorter.
◉ The cost of the pen in the United States is $79 for the general public and $69 for students. That's cheaper than the first two generations of Apple Pencil, which remain available at $99 and $129, respectively.
Comparison of Apple Pencil
◉ All three Apple Pencils provide the same basic features, including high levels of accuracy.
◉ They all also offer low latencies, meaning interacting with the screen feels like typing on paper with minimal lag. There is also tilt sensitivity, allowing users to perform shading in drawing applications. Similar to shading with a traditional pencil, tilting the Apple Pencil changes the thickness or darkness of the line, enhancing the tool's versatility for artistic applications.
In short, these features contribute to a responsive and realistic interaction with iPad when using the Apple Pencil, making it feel like a natural extension of traditional drawing or writing tools.
◉ As for pressure sensitivity, this feature allows the Apple Pencil to sense the amount of pressure applied to the iPad screen when drawing or writing. Users can achieve varying thicknesses or shades of lines by adjusting how hard they press the Apple Pencil on the screen.
Both the first and second generation Apple Pencil models are pressure sensitive, providing a dynamic and precise drawing experience. But the new USB-C (XNUMXrd generation) model doesn't include this feature, meaning it won't respond to changes in pressure, providing a more consistent drawing or writing experience without variation based on the pressure applied.
This is perhaps an unusual change on Apple's part, as it is known for innovation and often keeps or improves features rather than removing them. But removing a feature may make sense if user preferences are taken into account. Apple may target a specific segment of users that does not necessarily need this feature, in addition to removing the feature allows for cost savings.
◉ Both the USB-C and second generation Apple Pencil models share the ability to magnetically attach to the side of the iPad. The first generation model does not have this capability. This feature provides a convenient way to secure the pen, prevent it from getting lost, and makes it easily accessible when needed.
◉ While the USB-C model can magnetically attach to the iPad, only the second-generation model can pair and charge wirelessly while magnetically attached, and it remains an exclusive feature only for the second-generation Apple Pencil.
◉ The USB-C model gets support for the “Hover” feature, just like in the second generation of the Apple Pencil, which allows the iPad Pro to detect the presence of the Apple Pencil directly above the screen and sense its presence even before it touches the screen, providing a more interactive and responsive user experience. The original Apple Pencil doesn't support this either.
◉ The second generation Apple Pencil introduces a “double-tap” gesture, allowing users to quickly switch between tools by tapping the stylus twice. The first generation and USB-C models lack double-click capability, requiring users to use alternative on-screen methods to select tools.
◉ Free engraving with purchase: The second generation Apple Pencil is the only model that offers a free engraving option at the time of purchase. This customization feature allows users to personalize their pen with the engravings they prefer, adding a unique touch to the pen. The free engraving option is not available on the first generation Apple Pencil as well as the third generation or USB-C model.