Is the iPad pencil worth getting

Discussion in 'iPad' started by darksoul78644, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. darksoul78644 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2017
    since I'm getting the iPad Pro 10.5. Any suggestions
  2. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I've had the pencil since release. I use it often. It charges quickly. I use it in Procreate, and now Affinity Photo. I sometimes even use it for screen scrolling in apps like Safari and Reddit just because it is easy. I hope to see how the new 20ms response time will be "felt" on my new 12.9.

    Worth it IMHO.
  3. mjwebb macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2016
    I would love some responses to this question as well - I am not creative whatsoever but was wondering if the $100 investment was beyond drawing? Thanks in advance for any answers! :)
  4. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2015
    I think it is worth the investment as they are integrating it more with other apps. I don't have one but I used to when I had the first generation pro.
  5. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I am not even an artist and use the pencil almost daily. Since pro tablets are a thing now, I wouldn't consider it a pro setup without the Apple Pencil.
  6. Hey Now macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    What do you use it for in a daily basis? Genuinely curious and looking for inspiration because I'm gearing up for the new 12.9. Not an artistic bone in my body, but I am thinking about getting the pencil for general writing uses... Even though I never had the urge to try on my current 9.7 Pro.
  7. ninaco macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2012
    No artistic ability here either. And my handwriting is awful so I wouldn't it for that. What else is it useful for?
  8. Starfia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2011
    I've never viewed Pencil from any perspective other than that of a still sub-intermediate artist who's always had some sort of Wacom device – so far that's seemed like the only reason I would have gone for the Pencil.

    If I wasn't, I'd probably just ask myself whether iOS 11's "Instant Notes" would be worth it, or I cared to mess around with painting for the first time (which beats Wacom for my money). Otherwise, wait unless you find yourself dazzled for some reason without trying to search for one.
  9. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I use it for note taking for various situations, navigation, etc. For personal notes I use Notability and for work I use OneNote. I tend to remember things better when I write them down, so I still value handwritten notes over digital notes.
  10. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    If you are the kind of person who ever uses a pencil or pen. Yes. Totally worth it. If you can't imagine ever handwriting anything (or drawing) then you probably won't change your mind just because you have an Apple Pencil.

    I'm personally the type of person who likes to sketch out things for brainstorming. I also like taking handwritten notes during meetings. Being able to avoid generating tons of paper waste and avoid losing important notes on random sheets of paper has been amazing. But obviously not everyone works the same way.
  11. T-Bob macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2013
    Disappointing that pencil doesn't add 3D Touch features, but still wondering if it'd be worth it just for document navigation, highlighting and the odd note. Seems like a stretch.
  12. MFDoom macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Terrible artist and hand writer here, but to me the pencil makes the iPad a Pro device. I'm constantly writing and sketching ideas and concepts. The killer use case for me though is annotation of PDF papers using LiquidText
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If I'm understanding correctly, Why would the pencil need to add 3D Touch features when 3D Touch is not capable on the iPad?
  14. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    How do you like Liquid Text? I saw it and was thinking about it, but wasn't sure. I'm assuming this isn't for PDF editing and annotations. It's more for actual interacting and analyzing texts?
  15. MentalFloss macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    Asking the obvious question here: What do you actually do with your iPad?

    You can't expect meaningful answers unless you provide that crucial bit of information with your question. ;)
  16. darksoul78644 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2017
    Go troll somewhere else. Unlike the other replies that gave their input u just went with a stupid answer. Move along now.
  17. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    It was the reason I upgraded from the Air 2 to the Pro after just 6 months.

    If you want to hand write, draw, or interact with your device with extreme procession than yes - it's unrivaled.

    If you're just casually using it than the $100 probably isn't worth it.
  18. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    The resale value on a pencil is pretty high, so if you buy one and regret it you’ll not be out loads.

    I bought one yesterday £88 instead of £99 with education discount.
  19. T-Bob macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2013
    The pencil is pressure sensitive, it seems IOS 10 beta briefly had it enabled to close all notifications but it has gone since.
  20. MentalFloss macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    Wow, good one. First you make the newbie mistake of asking a question about a product without giving any info about your personal preferences, exploiting the friendliness of the community that still gives kinda meaningful answers to a potentially meaningless question, because it's completely possible that all the answers are pointless, if they don't address your requirements. And when someone tries to channel the thread into a useful direction, you insult them?

    You buy an expensive iPad Pro without actually evaluating first whether they key accessory is useful to you or not (and one of the key reasons why it's expensive is the support for the Pencil, actually). That makes you, to put it mildly, not very smart. On top of that, you got a bad character as well. Unpleasant combination.

    And by the way, go and learn what the word "troll" means. It's not what you think it means.
  21. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    The pencil changed the way I used my iPad. I don't draw/sketch, and to be honest the pencil laid unused for a while until I got GoodNotes app. Now I use it every day, even had to buy a 2nd pencil when I lost my first as the iPad felt incomplete without it.
  22. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    If you don't like fingerprints(which the 12.9 was a freaking magnet for) all over your screen, the pencil is a great way to navigate the iPad. Sure, you can use a $5 Walmart stylus, but the pencil glides much better over the surface.
  23. fokmik macrumors 68030

    Oct 28, 2016
    Affinity Photo i think its only for mac?
  24. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    He asked a valid question in an attempt to help you and you react like this? Noted. I was going to offer you some advice on the Apple Pencil, but instead I'll spend my time helping someone else.
  25. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Few questions:

    1) What do you plan to use the iPad Pro for?
    (This is a very important question. Let's say you're primary use is media consumption (movies, videos, youtube, etc.) and your secondary use is web browsing. You can go ahead with purchasing the Pencil if you can afford it, but it'll probably be a gimmick accessory that has no real use to it in your case).

    2) What do you plan on using the Apple Pencil for?
    (We each have our own uses of the Apple Pencil. I personally don't see the one I purchased as a navigation tool. For me, it's a productivity tool where I can take notes, sketch ideas, etc.)
    --- Post Merged, Jun 11, 2017 ---
    Nope. They released Affinity Photo on iOS as well:

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