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Apple announces Apple Pencil (USB-C)

Product shot of the Apple Pencil (USB-C)

Today Apple has announced a new product in the Apple Pencil lineup, the "Apple Pencil (USB-C)". This Apple Pencil joins the Apple Pencil (1st Generation) and Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) in the lineup.

The new Apple Pencil (USB-C) is designed to be a lower-cost option for the Apple Pencil. There are some tradeoffs that come with the lower cost. The Apple Pencil (USB-C) still connects magnetically, but it does not charge nor pair wirelessly. This is done with a USB-C cable. The USB-C por is hidden behind a sliding cap, which is probably how the 1st generation Apple Pencil should have been designed.

The Apple Pencil (USB-C) does have pixel-perfect precision, low latency, tilt sensitivity, and it supports Apple Pencil Hover. It does not include pressure sensitivity, the aforementioned wireless charging and pairing, double-tap, and it cannot be engraved.

The Apple Pencil (USB-C) is compatible with all iPad models with a USB-C port. The full list of supporte iPads includes:

  • iPad (10th generation)
  • 4th generation iPad Air (4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch all generations
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and newer)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)

The Apple Pencil (USB-C) will be available for purchase in early November. It will cost $79, which is $20 cheaper than the Apple Pencil (1st Generation) and $50 cheaper than the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation).

Source: Apple Newsroom.