iPad Pro iPad Pencil: $99 - Seriously?

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  1. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    Apple is really taking liberties. $99 for a pencil?

    I joked about it earlier about the pencil being $99 when they showed the pencil video. But when it actually came down to the price, I was shocked that it was actually $99.

    I can just imagine this:

    Student: Mom, I need money for a pencil
    Mom: Sure honey, how much you need? Here's $2
    Student: Mom, it's $99
    Mom:
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  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Go check out the current pricing of third party stylii, all of which offer nothing close to the functionality. Doesn't seem too outlandish. I've use the Pencil by 53 ($50), and a couple from Adonit (even more expensive) and let's just say, I don't use any of them anymore. Pencil was decent for a fat tipped stylus but not good for any detailed work while the versions from Adonit are just garbage.
     
  3. sracer macrumors 603

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    Sorry, maybe in the isolated world of Apple a $99 stylus makes sense. For the rest of the world, $50 is more the norm for an active, pressure sensitive stylus.
     
  4. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    I myself prefer the 700.00 montblanc stylus....haha but no seriously, its kind of sad the pencil doesn't work with anything besides the pro.
     
  5. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I wonder if the APIs behind it will be opened or if they'll keep it an Apple Pencil exclusive?
     
  6. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502

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    I'm a bit concerned actually - I noticed in the demo how the Microsoft guy held the pencil pretty high up and I'm a bit worried about whether it has proper palm detection - ie can you actually rest your hand on the display whilst drawing? If not the value really isn't nearly as high.
     
  7. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

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    I truly don't care. If the performance is as good as suggested by the videos, it will be worth it. I've already spent more than $100 on ****** capacative styluses so far trying to achieve a fraction of what was demoed. And many of those styluses are already $50+. Of course it remains to be seen how well it actually performs.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 603

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    You'll have to pay a premium (iPad Pro) in order to pay $99 for the privilege of using the Apple Pencil. :D
     
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  10. Batavian macrumors 6502

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    I would get it if it was compatible with all other iOS devices. So I could use it on my iPad or Mini for note taking. $100 for one pencil that was usable on all iOS devices would be worth it for me.
     
  11. doxielover macrumors 6502a

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    Are you serious? I can't use this on my iPad Air 2?
     
  12. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502

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    suddenly the Surface Pen doesn't seem so expensive..
     
  13. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

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    And it doesn't even include the keyboard like the Surface does.

    At university, see a bunch of students using Surfaces and MacBooks. People do you iPads but its way less than the other two.

    Really wish Apple could have had a bundle or made it cheaper. I'm guessing this is for the niche market which is pretty sad because they Apple could really put its foot more in edu.

    Thought when they were doing all that iBooks and Textbooks thing they were showing some interest but $1300...people are just going to buy a laptop which can do so much more.

    Shame because this looks like an awesome note/drawing app. Could see a lot of students getting this if it was like $1000.
     
  14. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    If your buying an iPad pro Apple assumes your a baller , so you can afford the $99 pencil
     
  15. imlovinit macrumors 6502

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    What? It can only be used on the pro?

    So the crazy price of the pro plus another $100 for this?

    Okay hard pass
     
  16. sracer macrumors 603

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    Is there even palm rejection?

    Check out this video from the announcement. The person's hand is hovering uncomfortably above the screen. at the 3:00 mark.

     
  17. bushido Suspended

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    only the Pro got the display technology to support it. i am sure apple is well aware that the pro is mostly going to be used by professionals so the price of a pencil doesnt teally matter to those. dick move but smart
     
  18. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Third parties were shown using the pencil within their apps so it's defiantly open
     
  19. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    All of the shots have the hand off of the screen.
     
  20. mi7chy, Sep 9, 2015
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    mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    I questioned that too watching the announcement. Palm rejection seems to be per app and not system API wide. It looks like some apps support palm rejection while for others they intentionally keep their palm in the air which is really awkward and uncomfortable.
     
  21. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Palm rejections defiantly in there....

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  22. HelloMikee macrumors 6502a

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    The fact you're comparing a pencil to a stylus is troubling. People buy cases for their phones for nearly that much. A tool to help create and design for that price doesn't seem crazy to me.

    And if a student or a student's parent can buy an iPad Pro for school, they can probably afford a stylus.

    But I'm pretty sure unless you are studying in the creative field, you'd be ok with a used iPad of any sorts.
     
  23. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I meant for third party manufacturers
     
  24. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not too bothered, as long as it doesn't fall apart in my hand in a year I'll be pretty happy. Options from Adonit are great but just as pricey. I like that for a 15 second charge it lasts 30 mins.. and it's first party, what everyone has been wishing for. I'll bite
     
  25. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    Ehh the way I look at it, if I can afford the iPad pro I can afford the pencil
     

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