Apple has just unveiled a more affordable version of the Apple Pencil, and it comes with a nifty USB-C charging capability. This new iPad accessory is priced at $79 and boasts a sliding cap that neatly conceals the USB-C port. The best part? It magnetically attaches to the side of your iPad, and it’s compatible with the 10th-generation model released by Apple last year.
Now, before you get too excited, it’s important to note that this budget-friendly Pencil doesn’t pack all the fancy features you’d find in the first and second-generation models. You won’t find things like pressure sensitivity, wireless pairing, wireless charging, or that handy double-tap feature for switching tools. However, it still supports hovering, which is great news for owners of M2-equipped iPad Pro models.
In the past, Apple Pencils came with different charging methods. The original used a Lightning connector, which protruded from it and plugged into your iPad. In contrast, the second-gen model charged wirelessly but wasn’t compatible with the 10th-generation iPad. That created a bit of a headache for those who wanted to use Apple’s stylish stylus with that particular iPad.
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But the good news is that the USB-C Apple Pencil is designed to work with a range of iPads. It’s compatible with the third to sixth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the first to fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro, the fourth and fifth-generation iPad Air, the 10th-gen iPad, and the sixth-gen iPad Mini. You can expect to get your hands on the USB-C Apple Pencil in early November.
For those who love Apple’s gadgets, you might remember the Apple Pencil 2, which was introduced back in 2018. It was a significant improvement over the original, featuring wireless charging (no need to plug it into your iPad), a magnetic attachment system to keep it securely in place, and nifty gesture controls for tool switching within apps. But all these perks came at a cost – it was $129, which was a $30 bump from the first Apple Pencil.
Now, let’s not forget that Apple has been due for some iPad updates. They rolled out the 10th-generation iPad in October 2022, M2-chip-powered iPad Pros in the same month, an iPad Air sporting an M1 chip in March 2022, and the revamped iPad Mini back in September 2021. So, it’s safe to say they’ve been keeping themselves pretty busy in the world of iPads.