My (BRIEF) Experience with the Apple Pencil

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  1. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

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    While picking up my iPad Pro this morning I was able to play around with the Apple Pencil and I was...UNDERWHELMED for several reasons.

    1) The staff didn't know much about it.
    I asked if you could adjust the pressure sensitivity and 2 of the 3 reps I talked to didn't know.

    2) There was NO pressure sensitivity as far as I could tell. The variation in line weight you got was based on how fast you moved the pencil. You can do that with your finger and get the same results.

    I don't think the pencil is going to be like this at launch though. There might need to be a software update to get the pressure sensitivity you SHOULD get or maybe the employees just need to be trained.

    If the Apple Pencil is like this at launch I will be sorely disappointed.
     
  2. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    If you do any reading at all on the Pencil you'll see there is pressure sensitivity.

    Maybe you tried apps that don't support it?
     
  3. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Used Paper and Adobe sketch.
    Both should have been supported.
     
  4. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

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    If you were using procreate that's the default setup for most brushes because there hasn't been pressure sensitivity until now. You have to customize the brushes to enable Apple pencil pressure effects.

    It's going to take a while for software to get up to speed I general, and I wonder if that's part of why there's no supply available.
     
  5. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was hoping they would have procreate there but they didn't.
     
  6. judahde macrumors member

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    My experience was the opposite. I loved the weight of it and was able to use it for both drawing and note taking.

    My intention is primarily for notes with a secondary drawing requirement. I was impressed how well it captured my horrible handwriting.

    I was not impressed they didn't have any to sell.
     
  7. Macalway macrumors 68000

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    it's was not setup right probably, and since the Apple people were clueless, the demo was not going well.
     
  8. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Well you certainly rushed to be the first negative post on the forums. Good job (BRIEFLY) evaluating the product.
     
  9. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I AM SOOO GLAD you had a better experience. I bought the iPad pro to draw on and was really disappointed that I had so many problems with the demo at the Apple Store.
     
  10. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You are very welcome!
     
  11. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    Considering Paper *just* released their update to support the Pro on November 9th, I'm guessing the store models didn't have the update. Pity they're unprepared, but I know Paper supports pressure as well as Procreate. I *think* (not sure because I don't have one) you can adjust pressure curve in Procreate as well.
     
  12. bryanl macrumors member

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    While picking up my Pro, I tried out the Note app. The pencil is pressure sensitive. I was able to draw thick and thin lines and it wasn't speed based. Still a bit miffed that I couldn't take a pencil home with me.
     
  13. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    C'mon folks, I welcome all early impressions and that is what these folks are doing.

    Much obliged.
     
  14. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

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    Can I help you sir?
    No, I'm doing fine, unless you have a hacksaw I could borrow *trying to rip Pencil off display chain, has left $100 bill on counter*

    Any thoughts on latency, accuracy, linearity in person? linearity just means "does the line look wobbly" when your hand isn't causing the wobble.
     
  15. thefredelement macrumors 65816

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    I played with it while I was waiting for the iPad, I think it's awesome. I can't wait to sketch interfaces on this bad boy.
     
  16. bryanl macrumors member

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    The craziest part is that the Pencils were sitting in a tray and not attached to anything. I own a SurfacePro 3, and I love the stylus it comes with. The Pencil didn't have any noticeable lag. I wasn't testing it for that, but I did draw in Paper, Apple Notes, and MS OneNote. It worked like I thought it should. The pressure sensitivity also seemed to work very well. The only thing that struck me weird is that Pencil is much bigger than I thought it was going to be. It's kind of in between a #2 pencil and a kid's pencil. I'm sure I'll get used to it in short order and wonder what I did before it showed up.
     
  17. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Latency was nonexistent! I should have mentioned that in my post! It's super quick qnd didn't have that feel like a surface pro where the cursor is trailing behind.


    The pencil feels great. While heavier than a regular pencil, it feels like a drafting pencil.
     
  18. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    After reading these comments I want to go back and play with it in notes!
     
  19. BrettJDeriso macrumors regular

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    I'll buy that explanation. I overheard one of the blue-shirts tell a customer who had his MacBook in for genius bar shenanigans, "I'm not really familiar with Macs... I actually just started here a few days ago." Granted, he was the official door-greeter/check-in guy, but holeeey...

    Reminds me of Demi Moore and Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men...

    Kaffee: No, no problem. I'm just not that crazy about boats, that's all.
    Galloway: J---s Chr---, Kaffee, you're in the Navy for crying out loud!
     
  20. spgiva macrumors regular

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    I tested one out at my local store and it feels a lot like writing with an actual pen. I would say they made a little much of the whole pressure sensititvity (at least test driving it with the adobe apps that were loaded on the display ipad pro). I did find it to be somewhat pressure sensitive but no where near as sensitive as a true pencil. To get any noticible difference I had to puch really hard, much harder then I would every push with an actual pen on paper. OVerall the pencil was much more responsive and acurate then your average run of the mill stylus though. I also really liked the weight of the pencil.

    I am a big fan of "Pencil" by FiftyThree but the apple pencil definitly has a sharper tip and is more precise (and it is not application specific, outside of FiftyThree's paper app, their pencil is just an expensive stylus).

    I am still wondering how people are going to keep from loosing it though. It is the size of a regualr pencil, it has no magnetic anything to keep it attached to your ipad when not in use and it is perfectly round (so ideal for rolling off a table). I am looking forward to when they are going to be widley available.
     

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