Apple Pencil: Just Ipad Pro or all Ipads?

alphaswift

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Hi all,

I haven't been able to find an answer if the Pencil will work on all Ipads or just the Pro.

BONUS POINTS: Will Apple Pencil work on a Surface Pro 3?

Thanks in advance.
 

maflynn

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I would guess that its just the pro, as I think the digitizer is different to account for the precision needed for the stylus.

The Apple site also calls it the Pencil for the iPad Pro, so that also indicates its just for the Pro
 

ditzy

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I can't be sure, but when reading about the pencil on the Apple website, it constantly points out that it is for the iPad pro. So am assuming that it does not work with anything else.
 

webwbr

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I can't be sure, but when reading about the pencil on the Apple website, it constantly points out that it is for the iPad pro. So am assuming that it does not work with anything else.
I believe you are right... but I'm hard pressed to understand why Apple would make this ONLY work with the pro. Time will tell. :-/
 

DeltaMac

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As someone else pointed out, the aPencil is designed to work with the digitizer/screen in the iPadPro.
So, if the same screen tech is used in another device, then the aPencil should work with that, too.
Curious to see if it does anything on the iPhone 6S. (different tech, so probably not)
Maybe you will see that Apple can do software or firmware changes for existing devices (or new devices, such as a more "touchy" MagicPad) to allow the aPencil to work.
Right now, it's an accessory for the 'Pro, as the 'Pro is the only device with the tech that the aPencil can use.
 

Rogifan

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Mashable says it only works with iPad pro as the tip is not capacitive.
 

pat500000

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if 3rd party stylus work on all/or most iPads...i'm sure apple pencil will work with iPads...
 

melman101

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if 3rd party stylus work on all/or most iPads...i'm sure apple pencil will work with iPads...
You shouldn't be so sure. It won't work with other iPads. Apple is the master of hindering new tech to work with old tech for no reason other than cause they can.

That being said, I do believe it is the screen tech in the iPad pro that makes it do what it needs to, so it won't work in other iPads anyhow.
 
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You shouldn't be so sure. It won't work with other iPads. Apple is the master of hindering new tech to work with old tech for no reason other than cause they can.

That being said, I do believe it is the screen tech in the iPad pro that makes it do what it needs to, so it won't work in other iPads anyhow.
what sort of screen tech are we talking about here? If you could specify the tech they using to exclude 3rd party stylus...i would like to know.
 

melman101

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what sort of screen tech are we talking about here? If you could specify the tech they using to exclude 3rd party stylus...i would like to know.
No one is saying they are excluding 3rd party styluses. What I am saying is the Apple Pencil won't work with other iPads. Only the iPad Pro.

"iPad Pro knows whether you’re using your finger or Apple Pencil. When iPad Pro senses Apple Pencil, the subsystem scans its signal at an astounding 240 times per second, giving it twice the data points it normally collects with your finger. This data, combined with Apple‑designed software, means that there’s only milliseconds between the image you have in your mind and the one you see on the http://www.apple.com/apple-pencil/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-ipad."

"Introducing Apple Pencil for iPad Pro."

http://www.apple.com/apple-pencil/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-ipad
 
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DeltaMac

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I wonder if the aPencil might work as a stylus to some degree on any other pad, but won't have the various stroke changes and pressure effects. That requires the higher speed scanning that the iPad Pro offers when the aPencil is being used. Without those features with high-speed response, it's just another stylus. If a third-party stylus appears that can access the sensors in the iPad Pro screen, then that should be a good thing - assuming similar performance to the aPencil/iPad Pro pairing.
 
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