How will Apple Pencil attach to iPad Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by judahde, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. judahde macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
    I'm interested in the iPad Pro but haven't seen anything regarding how one would carry around the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.

    Doesn't seem like a big deal but it was VERY annoying with the Surface 3; pen attachment/retention was barely an afterthought. This seems to have been addressed with with the Surface 4; the pen now attaches to either side of the computer with powerful magnets.

    So how do people propose to carry around the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro?
  2. engineerben macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2010
    Greenville Tx
    For me? I'll toss it in my gadget bag with all the other geegaws - charger, cables, breath mints...

    I'm just as glad they're not providing some carrier mechanism. From what I hear, the magnet arrangement on the SP4 isn't all that.
  3. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    i might go nuts with my Velcro tape.

    im sure there'll be enough 3rd party solutions for that though.
  4. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

    Dec 26, 2002
    Near Charleston, SC
    I bought an iPad Pro case on Amazon Prime (going to use this case until I can find a case I want to lay down good money for) and it has a loop on it for the Apple Pencil. You might see more cases with the stylus loop now that the Apple Pencil is available.
  5. gerbrian macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2014
    I bought the Pad & Pencil via their kickstarter campaign, it includes a way to store the pen.
  6. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    Per the heading of this post, it won't attach in any way.
    you will need a bag it you want to store it with the iPad Pro
  7. wingsabr macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2008
    I have an SP4 and can attest to the magnets being all just clicks right on the side and stays there. I can almost pick up the surface with pen before it detaches.

    Also had an SP3 and the pen was hard to keep up with. Ever lost a pen? 99 bucks is expensive.
  8. modernaccord macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2015
    Seattle, WA region
    I concur. The SP4 hardware is really fantastic and a pleasure to use - the pen doesn't go anywhere unless you really want it to go somewhere. Now only if it ran OSX or at least iOS with a file browser, my digital life would be set.
  9. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    And Apple will probably sell you one for $199.
  10. wingsabr macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2008
    agree...I would thoroughly enjoy and buy an iPad pro right now if it did a dual option OS X and iOS, similar to the W10 options. As it is, I love my SP4, Mac and 6S+ solution. I thought for sure they were going to do this with the continued convergence of OS X and iOS. oh well
  11. d28z28, Nov 12, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015

    d28z28 Suspended


    Apr 20, 2015
    My iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard will go in my J Crew Harwick briefcase that goes with me everywhere. The Apple Pencil will go in one of the pen slots in the briefcase - simple as that.

    Are you really on the fence about purchasing an iPad Pro because you don't know how you might carry the pencil? o_O
  12. judahde thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
    Was asking after having tried the SP3 for a few months. I found that going from meeting to meeting, it was a royal pain trying to keep track of the pen. Ended up buying about 5 of them (no kidding) so I always had one handy. They were cheap in comparison to the Apple Pencil.

    So the use case it that I'm going from meeting to meeting on different floors in different buildings, while having the desire to keep things as simple and light as possible. So no I don't want to carry around a bag/briefcase.

    Of course this is a moot point for now as the Pencil isn't even available.
  13. d28z28 Suspended


    Apr 20, 2015
    Makes sense. For me I have all of my essentials in my briefcase that goes with me absolutely everywhere - so my iPad Pro and Pencil will live right in there!
  14. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
    I have a similar case to this one for my iPad Air 2.

    I HATE folio cases but I wanted something protective for summer when I'm outdoors a lot. It is so protective, and the loop is so convenient, I haven't taken it off! (It's also precisely engineered around the opening, which I insist upon. And ridiculously cheap.)

    Like the OP, I have a lot of meetings in the same building and I can haul this around without worrying about slips onto the concrete floors.

    I do carry a small messenger bag with all my gear and accessories, and I did buy it large enough to fit the iPad Pro, so once I actually get the Pro, I'll probably get the Logitech Create keyboard case and consider rigging up my own pen loop with a little epoxy.
  15. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    No clue. But what I do know, however, you will end up attaching it, it will cost $69.
  16. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    No magnet attachment is a huge glaring oversight, I 100% expect it in the next version
  17. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I've backed Quarter on Kickstarter, a great remedy to the Apple Pencil storing problem.

  18. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

    Dec 26, 2002
    Near Charleston, SC
    Love it! Thanks for sharing!
  19. luigiBoschin, Nov 19, 2015
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    luigiBoschin macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    Even 249 to ensure value and succes
  20. QquegChristian macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    The Surface devices have multiple solutions for pen management. The pen has a clip, the simplest solution of all. Clip it in your pocket. Clip it to the typecover. Clip it to the pen loop that came with the typecover and could even be attached to the back of the device itself. image.jpeg

    The SP4 adds the magnetic solution and it is ridiculously strong. Almost too strong.

    There are executive ink pens that cost far more than Apple's Pencil. They've been using the same way to prevent loss forever... A clip.

    I think Apple took the whole Pencil thing too literally when a clip is a tried and true solution to the problem. The iPad itself may be too thin and rounded for magnets to be a good solution. Just like the photo of the SP3 above, a simple clip could allow you to attach the pencil to the smart or keyboard cover.

    If I was a genius, I'd Kickstart a replacement cap that had a clip coming down off of it. If you could somehow fit watch batteries in it and a Bluetooth top button mapped to the Undo keyboard shortcut... That would be a killer add on. That's how I have my Surface pen's top button mapped when Photoshop is in focus.
  21. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
  22. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The surface Pro line of computers has similar issues. The Sp3 had the loop that you attach to the type cover. An inelegant but functional solution. For the SP4, they went back to magnets, yet based on the reviews I've read, it will easily come off while in a carrying case. The result, it could eventually get lost.

    My concern with this solution is the stresses that will be placed on the lightening connector, especially if its a case, i.e., could snap off.
  23. QquegChristian macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    How does a Surface have similar issues to not including any pen docking solution whatsoever? Clipping the pen onto the cover was a rock solid solution (and still is) with 0% chance it will be lost. There is even a divot the pen fits into. The only stupid thing Microsoft did was show the pen loop in official images instead of this superior solution, which was in the instruction manual.

    That's how I transport mine, using the magnet to dock when in use. Though that magnet is crazy strong.

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