MacRumors Giveaway: Win a New M2 iPad Air, Apple Pencil Pro and Rock Paper Pencil Kit From Astropad

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astropad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Apple's new M2 iPad Air models, an Apple Pencil Pro, and an Astropad Rock Paper Pencil kit to go with it.

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We've highlighted the Rock Paper Pencil before, because it's the best way to mimic the feel of writing on paper with an iPad and an ‌Apple Pencil‌. The Rock Paper Pencil is a screen protector and ‌Apple Pencil‌ tip combo with a distinctly paper-like feel that you can't get from the ‌iPad‌'s display alone.

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When Apple's new iPad Pro and ‌iPad Air‌ models came out, Astropad confirmed that the Rock Paper Pencil works perfectly with the new tablets and the ‌Apple Pencil‌ Pro. The kit includes a removable screen protector in a variety of sizes to fit the ‌iPad‌ you have, plus an ‌Apple Pencil‌ tip that can be swapped out with the tip that comes with the ‌Apple Pencil‌ 2 or ‌Apple Pencil‌ Pro.

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The NanoCling Screen Protector is designed to attach to the ‌iPad‌'s display using static cling, so you can put it on and take it right off when it's not needed, with no adhesive residue to worry about. The Pencil tip has a wear-resistant copper alloy core and a palladium coating that is able to hold up to heavy daily use. It's designed to be equivalent to a standard 0.7mm ballpoint pen, which makes it ideal for note taking and sketching.

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Writing or drawing on an ‌iPad‌ feels distinctly different from writing or drawing with a paper and a pen, and Rock Paper Pencil does a great job at making you forget you're using a tablet. It feels like writing on paper, and as a recent customer video montage demonstrates, it also sounds like writing on paper.


Astropad ships the Rock Paper Pencil with two pencil tips and a protective storage sleeve so you can store the screen protector whenever it's not being used.

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Rock Paper Pencil is $40 and you can get it from the Astropad website. The 13-inch version is compatible with the 13-inch ‌‌iPad Pro‌‌ and ‌‌iPad Air‌‌, while there are separate versions for the 11-inch ‌‌iPad Air‌‌ and the 11-inch ‌‌iPad Pro‌‌.

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We have one Rock Paper Pencil set to give away to a lucky MacRumors reader, and it will come with a new ‌M2‌ ‌iPad Air‌ and ‌Apple Pencil‌ Pro. To enter to win, use the widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner(s) and send the prize(s). You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, following us on Threads, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older, UK residents who are 18 years or older, and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. All federal, state, provincial, and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (May 24) at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 31. The winner will be chosen randomly on or shortly after May 31 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

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Top Rated Comments

gumbyhw Avatar
4 weeks ago
I just bought this combo, and it's great! Would like to have gotten it for free, but the past week has been worth it.

Honestly I was surprised by the rockpaper thing. I have tried others and been disappointed. This works well for my writing. gestures and other finger interactions are not as easy, but that's worth it to me.
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ThailandToo Avatar
4 weeks ago

I just bought this combo, and it's great! Would like to have gotten it for free, but the past week has been worth it.

Honestly I was surprised by the rockpaper thing. I have tried others and been disappointed. This works well for my writing. gestures and other finger interactions are not as easy, but that's worth it to me.
I read it scratches easily with their pencil tips???
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iMacoo7 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I purchased my Rock Paper Pencil set last week. I chose Astropad over another one that was being advertised here on the site. Installation had to be the most pain free screen protector install that I have ever done and I have used them over 15 years gone.. Also, when working with Astropad's replacement tips vs. the Original Pencil Pro's tip...? Hands down Astropad's replacement tips does make it feel like you are writing/drawing on actual paper! Thank you Macrumors for always bringing the best suggestions!

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Sir_Macs_A_Lot Avatar
4 weeks ago
Yes. A giveaway that doesn't include an Apple Product that's been dissected like a formaldehyde-filled science class frog.
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Downhilltenago Avatar
4 weeks ago
I miss the days of comment to enter
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Westside guy Avatar
4 weeks ago
And to think that decades of television commercials had convinced me that "static cling" was a bad thing... ?

Good luck everyone!
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