New Logitech Crayon is Compatible Only With Sixth-Generation iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    To go along with the new sixth-generation iPad, Apple announced two accessories designed by Logitech -- a $99 Rugged iPad Keyboard Case and a unique $49 Crayon Stylus that shares many characteristics with the Apple Pencil.


    The Crayon Stylus looks similar to the Apple Pencil, with a slim aluminum body and an Apple Pencil-style tip. Interestingly, Logitech's website says that the Crayon has been designed for and is compatible with the 6th-generation iPad, suggesting it's not going to work with the iPad Pro.


    iMore's Serenity Caldwell was able to get a bit more information on the Crayon from Logitech, and it turns out it's using the same technology as the Apple Pencil. It has the same latency, tilt, and palm rejection features as the Apple Pencil, but there is no pressure sensitivity.

    The Crayon connects to the iPad via a single frequency and does not use Bluetooth, and it will last for up to 8 hours before needing to be recharged via an included Lightning port, much like the one on the Apple Pencil. Crayon works with all of the apps that support the Apple Pencil.

    There was speculation ahead of Apple's event that a lower-cost Apple Pencil might be in the works given the $99 price point of Apple's device, and it appears that we did indeed get that, but from a third-party manufacturer. Students who have a sixth-generation iPad will be able to use the Crayon or the Apple Pencil with the tablet.


    Compared to the Apple Pencil, the Logitech Crayon has a more kid-friendly design with a pry-resistant smart tip that requires a special tool when the tip needs replacing. The rubber cap at the end that covers the Lightning connector is also tethered to the Crayon so it doesn't get lost.


    It's not entirely clear why the Crayon is not backwards compatible with iPad Pro models, and we've asked Logitech for clarification.

    Logitech does not plan to release the Crayon to the public at this time, with the accessory limited to teachers. Teachers will be able to purchase it for $49 starting this summer.

    Article Link: New Logitech Crayon is Compatible Only With Sixth-Generation iPad
  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Stupid limitations. Hopefully, this would be remedied with software update to iOS.
  3. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    Might be cute for the preschoolers? They're the only ones i see using ipads anyways for education.
  4. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    i'm pretty sure the apple pencil has a "male" lightning port and needs to be sticked into the ipad. while this pencil has a female port and can be charged with any lightning charging cable
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You think preschoolers are the only ones using iPads for education? Try through middle/high school upper education as well.
  6. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    Hmmm, just purchased the new iPad and I thought I'd buy this pencil but now I'm not sure. No pressure sensitivity and the design is a little ugly. Also no idea when it's going to be released for the public. Fine for the classrooms but I might go for the Apple Pencil. Too bad, the price for this one is great!
  7. solace macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2006
    exactly. our niece and nephew are 6 and 10 and they use them all the time. they're even learning programming on them already using Spheros.
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    No backwards compatibility for older iPads? Seems like an artificial limitation in the name of sales. What a shame. Hopefully untrue.
  9. jamesrick80, Mar 27, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2018

    jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Wow Apple gave approval of this atrocity.....they have no idea. Even a kid will be embarrassed with that larger than life giant pencil in their hands and still no slot to place it. Good job Acer ChromeOS tab.......shame on Apple.

    At least it doesn't do that stupid charging technique of placing the pencil in the lightning Port of the iPad itself to charge. It's only saving grace......there is no reason even to had given that thing such a horrible design still.

    If you drop it, it's easy to spot.......:D:D:D:D
  10. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I never see them at university. I've only known one person to have one, and he couldn't use WileyPlus to do the assignments because it wouldn't work on iPad.

    I only see a few Surfaces, too. Tablets in general just aren't common on campus at all.

    I do see a surprising number of very generic, inexpensive laptops. Very few Apple laptops in engineering, but common in the arts/social sciences.
  11. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Do I need pressure sensitivity? I don't draw pictures. I just use it for pdf annotation and writing. Not sure if I should return my Apple Pencil for this.

    The shape seems to be uncomfortable to hold for a long period of time (over half an hour). Any comment?

    Where can I find more info on this product? I cannot find it on Logitech website.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You do realize that’s only an alternative way to charge your Apple Pencil? Apple actually provides an adapter that plugs into the Apple Pencil where you can charge it from a wall outlet or computer.
  13. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Nonetheless, it's the go to method for many becuz they allowed just doesn't look right when doing it....could have been magnetically charged using the smart connector. But I use my iPad pro as a's a great tablet...i use none of the so called pro features (smart keyboard, pencil capabilities) since I learned my lesson with the first two iPad pros except the 120 hz display, speakers and camera capabilities that do matter to me. So I use it as a excellent super powered yet limited tablet.....and I don't consider any ipad a pro device or laptop replacement.
  14. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    These limitations have a whiff of Tim Cook about them. Don't expect them to be lifted any time ever.
  15. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    The strange limitations, technology sharing and exclusivity to teaching tells me this was developed with the approval of Apple, complete with these restrictions they impose.
  16. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Ok that’s sad. So teachers buy it? Not the school? $49 for an Apple Pencil goes a bit too far. Teachers aren’t exactly highly paid professionals here (they should be highly paid but our society doesn’t value them as much as other countries).
  17. ZebraDude macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    This Crayon only works with the new 6th generation iPad launched today...
  18. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks for the reminder. I am considering to exchange my iPad PRO 12.9" for the just announced one.
  19. 1ceb0x macrumors newbie


    Apr 7, 2013
    Nope! Go to universities and community college and you will see how useful iPads are compared to laptops.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 27, 2018 ---
    I hear ya! This iPad (they call it cheaper iPad) is faster than my iPad Pro 9.7. I am so ashamed!
  20. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I called a local Apple store but they don't have the new iPad on display. They asked me to keep calling as it should be available for people to try out sometime this week.
  21. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    My daughter’s (public) elementary school uses iPads a lot. In 3rd through 5th, they even give each kid his or her own.
  22. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Does the Crayon come in different colours? If not, why not?
  23. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Because it’s just for schools, not for consumers yet?
  24. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I guess because the cap is made from dead animals, that vegans won't want to use the crayon.
  25. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Don't believe MacRumors-- the cap is rubber. Says so right on the Logitech site. Also, seriously, look at the picture.

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