Apple Pencil Question

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by austin_, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. austin_ macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2015
    Hey there!

    Im sure that this is a stupid question and somebody has already asked it, but if someone would humor me that would be greatly appreciated. So from doing a little research I'm lead to believe that the Apple pencil only works with the new iPad Pro correct? I wanted the pencil but I currently have the iPad Air. I wasn't sure why it wouldn't work on an older iPad because isn't it simply a stylist that would work on any iPad? Anyway thanks in advance to whoever explains this all to me!
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    From what I understand, yes. I haven't read anybody saying they were using it with any other iPad.
  3. LiemTa macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2014
    Not sure how any logical person could assume this. Have you seen any iPad stylus before? The one thing they all have in common is the thick tip to simulate the crudeness of the tip of your finger. It doesn't pick up anything thinner, and that is why you don't see styluses with fine tips until the iPad pro.
  4. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    iPad Pro Only
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Yep. iPad Pro only. The iPad Pro has a different technology in the display's surface digitizer for the fine point tip of the Apple Pencil.

    Only Tim knows if future standard iPads will also carry Pencil compatibility or if it'll remain an iPad Pro exclusive, but for now the Pencil is iPad Pro-only.
  6. hubieonekanubie macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2010
    I tried it on my 6s+ and no go. I was told by an Apple Store employee that it would.
  7. ToastErickson macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2008
    I overheard an Apple Store Employee said that Toy Story 3 is being animated on iPad Pros. I think some may not really know what they are talking about.
  8. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2008
    all iPads and iPhones use capacitive touch on the screens. Meaning that the object touching the screen has to have some conductivity to trigger a touch. Thus why your finger works but a gloved finger does not.

    Up until now, All stylus' that could be used on these devices had a soft ball on the tip that was rubbish but had some type of conductive properties. The Apple Pencil is different. the tip has ZERO conductive properties at all. instead it uses sensors in the tip that determine its position and distance from the screen. It communicates that info to the iPad over bluetooth. Also the touch part of the screen on the iPad Pro is modified for this type on input.

    bottomline. the apple pencil only works on the iPad Pro, and is utterly useless on anything else,

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