Apple pencil reliability?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by vmflapem, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Is the Apple Pencil reliable for every day usage? I'm a student and I will be using an Apple pencil for note taking on pdf in class. My biggest fear is that it's going to suddenly stop working when I'm in class. Has anyone experienced Apple pencil failure?
  2. wmadan macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
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    I've not had any issues with mine except dropping it and dinging the tip. I replaced the tip and everything was OK. However, there is another thread with a few people saying that they had charging issues with their pencil.
  3. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    I am waiting for the Update Apple Pencil 2 with much needed improvements like being Triangular if you take the 3 fingers you hold a pencil with your finger tips form a natural triangle. This would also prevent the Apple Pencil from rolling away. And much needed inductive charging.
  4. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    I find that the charge is hit or miss because the Pencil drains when it's moved around. But charging is easy in the iPad, charging from 0% to 100% doesn't even take an iPad battery down by 1%.
  5. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    I've had zero issues charging or reliability with Apple Pencil. And as for the comment of wanting it triangular that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Some artists' drawing tools are triangular. They are also much thicker than the Apple Pencil.
  7. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
  8. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
  9. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have owned two Surface Pro's before I got my iPad Pro. The iPad and Pencil are far more reliable than the Surfaces ever have been. It's the first digital device where I feel like I'm actually using paper. Just tonight I filled out a ton of school forms for my kids entirely on the iPad and it worked completely flawlessly. 100% digital, no paper.
  10. Mw0103 macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2014
    The pencil is weighted so that it won't roll away on a normal desk/table.
  11. A.R.E.A.M. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2015
    Los Angeles, California
    zero issues with my launch day apple pencil. been through one tip since november due to me dropping the thing on the floor. i have a pack of tips so no worries.

    i use the tablet 5 days a week and use the pencil 2-4 hours a day as a mouse (pointing/clicking/dragging on the screen).
  12. SDColorado macrumors 68030


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    The only reliability issue with my Apple Pencil has been me. Sometimes I forget to check how much of a charge it has remaining before starting to use it. Do a better job of that than me and you shouldn't have any problems :)
  13. Pinepen macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2016
    The most reliable stylus I've used by far. The only times it's stopped working on me is because it's out of charge, and that's been my own fault for ignoring the low battery warning. Barely any lag in lightweight apps, next to no parallax, and accurate enough even for tiny handwriting. You'll be fine
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    Honestly I think wanting a certain shape or whatever for a drawing instrument is a bit silly... Real artists will use anything from crumbling sticks of charcoal to fountain pens to tiny pastel stumps and even their fingers. We make our tools work for us... The Pencil is comfortable to use, I dunno what more people want of 'an artist's tool'.
  14. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    Pencil is great. you do need to re-pair it sometimes if you go out of BT range for any amount of time sonetimes, but no, it doesnt just 'stop' working
  15. Mr.Blacky macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2016
    The only issue I have, is that the Apple Pencil doesn't make me a better artist or any artist to begin with. And my handwriting still sicks too! :(
    But jokes aside: I had none technically problems with it and the performance depends on the App you are using.
  16. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    The Apple Pencil is amazing! I have had zero reliability issues. The ONLY thing I could even think to complain about is that I wish it had a longer battery life, but given charging is easy and quick it's not so much of a bother.

    Adobe tried this with the Ink stylus. Personally, I found it super awkward to hold.
  17. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
  18. meady100 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2011
    Ive got one and it works very well. But for class note taking, what isn't easier, lighter, more eco friendly and better in a frankly overwhelming amount of ways than a paper pad and pen?
  19. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Zero issues with the Pencil. It actually just works.
  20. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    Except when it has enough initial inertia, then the weight causes it to roll even faster ;)
  21. LCPepper macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Literally flawless. I am a student and use it all the time.
  22. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Pencil functions fine although my first one stopped working and charging after 5 months...just wish it was smaller and had a slot for it built into device

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