Apple Announces New Magnetic Apple Pencil Featuring Tap Gestures and Wireless Charging

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Alongside the new iPad Pro, Apple also announced a new Apple Pencil available for $129 (preorders today, shipping November 7). The second-generation pencil magnetically attaches to the new iPad Pro for both pairing and wireless charging.

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The biggest addition to the Pencil, aside from the new magnetic charging feature, is a double-tap gesture — a finger tap on the pencil itself while you hold it — that can do different things depending on the app. In Notes, for example, a double-tap changes the tool. In Photoshop for iPad, a double-tap zooms in or out of the image. Taps are customizable, though, for better personalization. Tap a locked iPad with the pencil, and it wakes up the device and opens right up into the Notes app.

There are no connectors or moving parts now, just the simple pencil itself. Apple also offers engraving through the Apple Store, to personalize it further (helpful for telling Pencils apart in a design studio).

Like the previous pencil, it works with no perceptible lag, is pressure sensitive for drawing and sketching, and is aware of tilt for shading.

The second-generation pencil is available for $129 with free engraving, and is compatible with the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The first-generation pencil sticks around for $99, for owners of older, compatible iPads. (iPad Pro 12.9-inch 1st and 2nd generations, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and the 6th generation iPad)

Top Rated Comments

HappyDude20 Avatar
29 months ago
Okay, the wireless charging while it’s magnetically connected to the new iPad is AWESOME.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac 128 Avatar
29 months ago
The double-tap switch to an eraser is so much more efficient than flipping it over to use the end as an eraser.

I’ll be curious to see how his Pencil can be adapted to use with older iPads for charging. It’s obviously using some kind of Qi charging, so maybe there will be a small Lightning dongle available for it?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleWarMachine Avatar
29 months ago

Priced at $129.

yeah, they forgot to mention that it's $29 more :eek:

(along with everything else that they introduced...at an increased price) :rolleyes:

gotta keep those prices up to keep having record breaking quarters :p
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tuffigirl Avatar
29 months ago
I have been waiting for the new iPad Pro & it does not disappoint. Wireless pencil charging and being able to charge your iPhone as well? Yep I'll be running to the Apple store!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
29 months ago
Ordered the new one to go with my new 12.9" iPad Pro. Kinda wish I hadn't bought that Apple Pencil last year, but eventually my kid will use it as a hand me down once she has a device able to use it.

This seems to address all of my gripes.

* It won't lose the cap
* It has a flat edge so it won't roll away
* It charges without having to be plugged into the iPad or anything
* It pairs seamlessly
* It attaches to the side (and without battery drain issues like third party cases have sensing the screen next to it)
* It now supports a gesture to toggle modes, assign to undo key, etc.

It costs more at $129, but for that price, I think it's worth all the additional benefits. It just sucks for those of us who more recently purchased an Apple Pencil.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac 128 Avatar
29 months ago

I have been waiting for the new iPad Pro & it does not disappoint. Wireless pencil charging and being able to charge your iPhone as well? Yep I'll be running to the Apple store!

The loss of Lightning is the only real problem here. But at least there’s a simple dongle for that. So I don’t have to carry different cables for it and he iPhone.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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