Apple Pencil: Whatever happened with that thing?

When the Apple Pencil was introduced I confess I was excitedly waiting for my own to arrive. It was nothing like Apple had done before and had some new tech thrown in such as the ability to quickly charge by plugging it into an iPad Pro.

The excitement quickly turned to frustration once I got my hand on my unit. I expect what I was feeling is the disappointment a kid might feel when they open up the new box of fancy colored pencils and discovered that one with a color they hate.

It didn’t take long to see that Apple only put some of the Pencil’s features into iOS. The decision to leave it up to app developers to fully implement the Apple Pencil is one that would come to haunt me.

I found that each developer integrated the Pencil in a way that was often very different from others. This forced me to test far too many apps, hoping I would find one I could live with. The more I tested, I realized that what I really wanted was to continue the work flow I was already productive using prior to getting the
Apple Pencil.

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I wanted my apps and iOS to use them with either the keyboard, touch screen, or Pencil. Whatever I had at hand I wanted to use that without changing my work flow.

When I realized I’d never be able to do that the Apple Pencil lost its luster. I set it aside and haven’t used it since. I suspect a lot of folks came to that conclusion. When is the last time you heard Apple even mention the Pencil?

Come to think of it, where is my Apple Pencil?

One thought on “Apple Pencil: Whatever happened with that thing?

  • December 31, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Happy New Year, James.
    Re: Apple Pencil – where is it question, I always know where mine is because I purchased a couple of those $5.00 dollar Microsoft Surface Pen Loops and attached them to the outside of my 12.9″ iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Cover. Those stick-on inexpensive loops secure my Apple Pencil without fail. As to my experiences with Apple Pencil, I have never been disappointed in it’s functions or UI third party app implementations. I like it’s fine detailed photo editing abilities in apps like Pixelmator or any notebook apps that utilize handwriten note taking. I didn’t understand if you were disappointed in the Apple’s pencil to operate any app click-down menu functions or not. When I am using Duet Display to turn my iPad Pro into a secondary display and then project a Windows Win 10 or Windows 8.1 virtual machine session onto my iPad, I can use the Pencil to select those Windows drop down menu selections. It works fine.
    I understand that your “artistic skills” might not take advantage to the drawing abilities of the Pencil – which is a shame because that it’s main reason for existence – but I like using my Pencil – especially in the iOs ArtRage app.


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