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Original Apple Pencil vs. Apple Pencil 2

Alongside the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, Apple introduced a second-generation Apple Pencil, which is designed to work exclusively with its latest tablets.

In our latest YouTube video, we took a look at the new Apple Pencil 2 and compared it to the original Apple Pencil to highlight all of the improvements that Apple made with the second iteration of its iPad stylus.

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Design wise, the Apple Pencil 2 is sleeker and smaller than the original Apple Pencil because of the elimination of the Lightning connector at the top of the device.

The original Apple Pencil's Lightning connector was always a questionable design choice. It was meant to plug into the bottom of the iPad Pro, but it stuck straight out and was inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst, as an ill-timed drop could cause damage when charging.

Apple's new Apple Pencil does away with the Lightning connector all together because the device is now able to charge via a magnetic connection to the new iPad Pro models. The Apple Pencil 2 snaps right onto the new iPad Pro, which allows for pairing, charging, and storage when it's not in use.

With no Lightning connector, the new Apple Pencil is lighter and easier to hold for longer periods of time, and it has a cleaner look with no metal cap at the top.

While the first Apple Pencil was round and prone to rolling off of flat surfaces, the new Apple Pencil has a flat side for connecting to the iPad, and that flat bit also prevents it from rolling as much.

In addition to these design and function changes, the Apple Pencil 2 introduces support for gestures. With a double tap, the Apple Pencil 2 can switch between tools in apps that support the feature, which is super useful because it allows for quick changes between a pencil and an eraser.

Apple is, unfortunately, charging $30 more for its newest Apple Pencil. The second-generation device costs $130, whereas the original was priced at $100. For users who have a new iPad Pro model, the Apple Pencil 2 is the only available choice as the original Apple Pencil does not work with the new tablets.

Likewise, the second-generation Apple Pencil is compatible only with the new iPad Pro models, so you can't get one and take advantage of the new features without also having a 2018 iPad Pro.

What do you think of Apple's new second-generation Apple Pencil? Is it worth the premium over the original? Let us know in the comments.

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3 weeks ago
I love Apple products and have been using them since I was at college in '89 but I'm in a real bind! It's getting to the point where they are just pricing me out the market. I make a reasonably good salary, I don't have any kids so have no outgoings to consider from that respect and would say I have a pretty good disposable income compared to those with children.

I have spent a small fortune over the years on Apple products and probably owned a good 90% of the stuff they have brought out but I have concluded that I can no longer sustain at the current price levels. I understand that prices go up over the years but in the last few years, it's no longer about inflation just significant price increases by Apple themselves.

The MacBook Pro 15" for example, which is always my main machine, now costs £2700 (512GB is non negotiable, 256GB just doesn't cut it in this day and age)...we're knocking on the £3K mark and that's a huge amount of cash.

Sigh....I have to agree with many others that I think Apple is now getting greedy and I really do believe that it's going to come back and bite them hard in the next few years.
Rating: 74 Votes
3 weeks ago
Biggest atrocity is Apple Pencil 1st gen. being incompatible with 2018 iPad Pros. It almost is a parody of Apple's recent marketing strategy.
Rating: 56 Votes
3 weeks ago
For $129, they couldn't afford to include an extra tip.
Rating: 32 Votes
3 weeks ago
Apple is making it harder and harder to keep using their hardware. Apple 1 pencil isn't compatible with new systems and the new pencil doesn't work with older iPad Pro's. Still a great product, but just getting harder to justify it.
Rating: 17 Votes
3 weeks ago
The Pencil has been another pathetic indictment of Apple's design "elegance" since day one. First there was the idiotic idea of having to jam it into a Lightning port and have it sit there to charge.

Then then was the lack of any place to PUT IT. The big selling point of the iPad Pro was supposed to be the pencil, but... it didn't have a place for it.

Then there was no handwriting recognition. As a workaround, every app was supposed to implement (and re-implement) it separately. Seriously? Why was there no handwriting area or tab added to the standard iOS keyboard, giving EVERY app Pencil capability without even a re-write? Palm OS nailed this what, 25 years ago?

Then there's the baffling failure to make the Pencil work on the trackpad of Apple's laptops. Instead of the embarrassing and useless emoji bar on the so-called MacBook "Pro," why didn't Apple make the bigger-than-ever trackpad support the Pencil? Now THAT would be useful.
Rating: 14 Votes
3 weeks ago


Sigh....I have to agree with many others that I think Apple is now getting greedy and I really do believe that it's going to come back and bite them hard in the next few years.


Combine that with the offensive degradation of the quality and usefulness of their products. The asinine emoji bar, the soldered-in drives and RAM (in glued-together computers), the POS keyboards that don't just suck from their lack of travel but cease to function altogether, the offensive and inexcusable removal of headphone jacks from media-centric devices, the embarrassing refrain of "thinner" which translates to "We're out of ideas, so we're deleting space we should be using for battery..." It goes on and on.

Jony Ive should be fired. This guy is a pompous hack with no ideas for improvement. He's the Trump of product design: With no ideas of his own, he seeks to destroy the achievements of his predecessors.
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago
$130 stylus? For a nearly $1000 sketch pad!

Hope those who buy this are able to use it for pro-work.
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago

I love Apple products and have been using them since I was at college in '89 but I'm in a real bind! It's getting to the point where they are just pricing me out the market. I make a reasonably good salary, I don't have any kids so have no outgoings to consider from that respect and would say I have a pretty good disposable income compared to those with children.

I have spent a small fortune over the years on Apple products and probably owned a good 90% of the stuff they have brought out but I have concluded that I can no longer sustain at the current price levels. I understand that prices go up over the years but in the last few years, it's no longer about inflation just significant price increases by Apple themselves.

The MacBook Pro 15" for example, which is always my main machine, now costs £2700 (512GB is non negotiable, 256GB just doesn't cut it in this day and age)...we're knocking on the £3K mark and that's a huge amount of cash.

Sigh....I have to agree with many others that I think Apple is now getting greedy and I really do believe that it's going to come back and bite them hard in the next few years.

I would even pay these prices if products would have improved but we get the contrary, soldered ssds, no magsafe, Touchbar, no ports but also zero dongles included, keyboard that breaks like a butterflies wings when you touch it, products so thin they overheat and aggressively down clock... not even talking about major software and security issues...
Not going to pay a premium for that...
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago

I love Apple products and have been using them since I was at college in '89 but I'm in a real bind! It's getting to the point where they are just pricing me out the market. I make a reasonably good salary, I don't have any kids so have no outgoings to consider from that respect and would say I have a pretty good disposable income compared to those with children.

I have spent a small fortune over the years on Apple products and probably owned a good 90% of the stuff they have bought out but I have concluded that I can no longer sustain at the current price levels. I understand that prices go up over the years but in the last few years, it's no longer about inflation just significant price increases by Apple themselves.

The MacBook Pro 15" for example, which is always my main machine, now costs £2700 (512GB is non negotiable, 256GB just doesn't cut it in this day and age)...we're knocking on the £3K mark and that's a huge amount of cash.

Sigh....I have to agree with many others that I think Apple is now getting greedy and I really do believe that it's going to come back and bite them hard in the next few years.

You are not alone my friend their are many of us in the same situation as you myself included I have 3 girls in college all using Apple Mac books I'm beginning to think tuition is cheaper than continuing with Apple products for their studies.
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What will happen with the next version? iPads and Pencils not compatible with anything, again, and more "New" compatible products to buy?

Also, the battery in the Pencil and AirPods - what happens when their end-of-life is reached?

eBay is flooded with 1st gen Apple pencils and a good number of I pad pro's due to apples crappy buy back program
Rating: 11 Votes
3 weeks ago

Biggest atrocity is Apple Pencil 1st gen. being incompatible with 2018 iPad Pros. It almost is a parody of Apple's recent marketing strategy.


I came to comment the same thing. If loyalty is important this is a bad move. Backward compatibility for what is basically a new product is unforgivable. If I upgrade I won’t be getting a pencil on principle and I won’t be upgrading this year because of this. Until I found this out I was planning to upgrade for Christmas. #AppleArrogance
Rating: 11 Votes

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