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The new 10th-generation iPad features a USB-C port instead of Lightning, but the device remains compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil only, meaning that an adapter is now required to pair and charge the Apple Pencil with the iPad.

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The adapter is included in the box with the first-generation Apple Pencil, but for customers who already own an Apple Pencil, they must purchase the adapter separately for $9. While the new iPad is set to launch October 26, the adapter is already facing a 3-4 week shipping delay on Apple's online store in the U.S. for orders placed today.

The Apple Pencil plugs into one end of the adapter and a USB-C charging cable plugs into the other end of the adapter and the iPad. This setup looks quite humorous and led to the adapter becoming a meme on social media after the new iPad was announced.

Despite being redesigned with flat edges like other iPad models, the 10th-generation iPad is not compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, likely due to the device having a new landscape FaceTime camera occupying the area where the magnetic connector would normally be for charging the second-generation Apple Pencil.

Article Link: Apple Pencil Adapter for New iPad Facing Up to One-Month Shipping Delay
 

averagenerd81

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Out there man
I'm more upset at the awful user experience this creates. Hey, want to charge a pencil? You used to be able to just plug the pencil in, but because of some idiotic reason we dont care to tell you we didn't go with the inductive charging stuff but came up with this abortion!

Great job Apple, this is the apple mouse 2.0, at least users dont have to flip it over.
 

Return Zero

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I'm not trying to defend Apple for not going with the gen 2 pencil on this one. HOWEVER: it is funny that when the original pencil was first released, people complained about having to stick it in the iPad directly, because it looked silly, was awkward to handle, and would be prone to breakage. Almost everyone suggested that using a cable instead would have been a better move. Now that a cable is involved (adapter notwithstanding), everyone still complains about it looking silly 😆. In short, I think the silliness is not the adapter (since it gets included with new pencils and is tiny) or the cable, but the fact that they're still using the original pencil at all.
 

darngooddesign

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I'm more upset at the awful user experience this creates. Hey, want to charge a pencil? You used to be able to just plug the pencil in, but because of some idiotic reason we dont care to tell you we didn't go with the inductive charging stuff but came up with this abortion!
I don't need them to tell me to know that there isn't enough space above the camera and sensor bracket for the charger.
 

GoodWheaties

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I still don’t understand why they can’t support the first gen Pencil on all the iPads. They now have this adapter so it must be just software. Sure it would be clunky but the first gen doesn’t HAVE to be charged from the iPad like the second gen.
 
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