New Apple Pencil Announced With Hidden USB-C Port and More for $79

Apple today unveiled an all-new, more affordable Apple Pencil model featuring a USB-C port hidden behind a sliding cap.

Apple Pencil USB C sliding cap feature
The new ‌Apple Pencil‌ is a cheaper model that sits below the first- and second-generation Apple Pencils in the lineup with a price tag of just $79. It features a sliding cap at the top that reveals a USB-C port, allowing users to charge and pair via a USB-C cable, with a matte finish and design reminiscent of the second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌. When magnetically attached to the side of an iPad, the new ‌Apple Pencil‌ enters into a sleep state to preserve battery life. Bob Borchers, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said:

Apple Pencil has revolutionized note taking, sketching, and illustrating, unleashing endless possibilities for productivity and creativity. Combined with the versatility of iPad, the new Apple Pencil unlocks another great option to experience the magic of digital handwriting, annotation, marking up documents, and more.

The new ‌Apple Pencil‌ features low latency and tilt sensitivity like the other ‌Apple Pencil‌ models, but misses out on pressure sensitivity, wireless pairing and charging, double tap to change tools, and free engraving. However, unlike the first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌, it does support ‌Apple Pencil‌ hover on the latest iPad Pro models. It is compatible with all ‌iPad‌ models that feature a USB-C port.

The new ‌Apple Pencil‌ is priced at $79 and launches in early November. The first- and second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌ models continue to be available for $99 and $129, respectively.

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Top Rated Comments

Akrapovic Avatar
10 months ago
People need to read the link in the article.

This is not a replacement or next generation product. It's a lower tier product. It drops the following features:

- Pressure sensitivity
- Magnetic pairing & charging (it can be stored, but not charged/paired)
- Double tap to change tools
- Engraving
Score: 70 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Berti10 Avatar
10 months ago
No Pressure sensitivity? meh… those are $29 at amazon
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
10 months ago

So both USB-C and magnet charging?
No. Magnet, but no magnetic charging.

Also, no double tap and no pressure sensitivity.

Totally confusing to introduce yet another pencil with yet another feature subset. Presumably they'll keep selling all of them. They had a chance to reduce the mess, and they made it bigger.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
10 months ago
This is definitely the October event that we’ve all been waiting for!
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmChimera Avatar
10 months ago

So both USB-C and magnet charging?
Looks like no wireless charging.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KPOM Avatar
10 months ago
Interesting! So the rumors were true. $79 is also a much better price for those who don’t need fancy features.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)