Apple Unveils New Affordable Apple Pencil, Expanding Options for iPad Users (2023)

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In an exciting development for iPad enthusiasts, Apple is introducing a more budget-friendly Apple Pencil to their lineup. The new Apple Pencil, slated for release in early November, boasts an array of features that customers have come to adore, including pinpoint accuracy, minimal latency, and tilt sensitivity. This versatile tool is perfect for activities like note-taking, sketching, annotating, journaling, and more. With a sleek matte finish and a flat side that conveniently attaches magnetically to the iPad for storage, the new Apple Pencil charges and pairs using a USB-C cable.

Bob Borchers, Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, highlighted the transformative role of the Apple Pencil, saying, “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.”

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Diversifying the Apple Pencil Offering

Apple Pencil has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of creativity and augmenting the capabilities of the iPad. The new Apple Pencil offers the same advanced pixel-perfect precision, low latency, and tilt sensitivity that users have grown to love with the first and second-generation Apple Pencils. It's seamlessly integrated with iPadOS features like Scribble, Quick Note, and collaborative work in Freeform. When used with M2 models of the iPad Pro, the new Apple Pencil introduces hover functionality, allowing for even more precise sketching and illustrating.

For the user's convenience, a sliding cap on the new Apple Pencil reveals a USB-C port, enabling easy pairing and charging using a USB-C cable. When attached magnetically to the iPad for storage, the new Apple Pencil enters a sleep mode to conserve battery life.

Diverse Apple Pencil Selection

The new Apple Pencil is the most affordable option, making it perfect for everyday productivity and creativity. With USB-C charging and pairing, the new Apple Pencil caters to iPad (10th generation) users while being compatible with all iPad models featuring a USB-C port, including iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini.

The first-generation Apple Pencil supports pressure sensitivity, providing a natural drawing experience. It's compatible with iPad (10th generation), and its Lightning port makes it easy to connect and charge with iPad (9th generation).

The second-generation Apple Pencil further enhances professional workflows with pressure support, double-tap gestures, and hover capabilities on iPad Pro models with M2 chips. It's compatible with iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models and features a matte finish and flat sides for magnetic pairing and charging.

Customers can conveniently choose the Apple Pencil that suits their iPad model. For more information on compatibility, visit apple.com/apple-pencil.

iPadOS 17: Elevated Personalization and Functionality

iPadOS 17 takes personalization to the next level, offering users more efficient ways to complete tasks and increasing overall productivity. Some notable features include:

  • Notes: New ways to organize, read, annotate, and collaborate on PDFs, along with the ability to link one note to another quickly.
  • Freeform: New drawing tools and the addition of Follow Along to guide collaborators on the board.
  • Lock Screen: Redesigned to offer more customization options, including stunning wallpapers, photo showcases, and fonts and colors for a personalized look.
  • Interactive widgets: Deliver glanceable information and allow tasks to be completed directly from the Lock Screen or Home Screen.
  • Messages: Enhanced search features and new expression options, such as emoji stickers and the ability to create Live Stickers from photos.
  • AutoFill: Coming later, it will identify and fill fields in PDF forms, streamlining data input.

Pricing and Availability

The new Apple Pencil will be available for $79 (U.S) for purchase, with availability starting in early November.

It is compatible with all iPad models equipped with a USB-C port, including iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th and 5th generations), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th generations), and iPad mini (6th generation).

For educational purposes, the new Apple Pencil is priced at $69 (U.S.) and is available to current and newly accepted college students, parents, faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers at all grade levels. To learn more, visit apple.com/us-hed/shop.

Apple Pencil (1st generation) is compatible with iPad (10th generation) and iPad (9th generation). A USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter is required for pairing and charging and is included in the box with Apple Pencil (1st generation) for $99 (U.S). Existing owners can purchase the adapter separately for $9 (U.S).

For those looking to enhance their creative and productive endeavors with an iPad and Apple Pencil, free Today at Apple sessions are available in Apple stores worldwide and can be booked at apple.com/today or through Online Personal Sessions.


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