iPad Old iPad 3 Gen for Handwriting, options?

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  1. Sanderdsz macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Hi guys;

    I found my old iPad 3 gen this week, and I was thinking about make it a fancy note keep and PDF reader for meetings and my courses.

    So I was searching for the best pen compatible with this old device and came up with a good deal for a Wacom Intuos Stylus 2.

    What you guys think about it? Does it worth spend about 50 bucks in the pen? This old iPad can at least generate some notes and read PDF or .PPT ?

    Thanks so much in advance.
  2. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    In general, there are 3 different types of styli that work on older iPads. (those that don't support the Apple Pencil).

    The first, passive capacitive. These are the cheapest and easiest to find. Some have a "mesh" tip. Others have a foam tip. Still others have a clear disc. These will work anywhere on the ipad where a finger press will work. There is no native palm rejection with this type.

    The second, powered capacitive. These are a bit more expensive and are fewer in options. They have a relatively fine point and use power (batteries) to generate a field to emulate a finger tap. The DotPen and Adonit Dash 3 are 2 examples of a powered capacitive stylus. There is no native palm rejection with this type either.

    The third, powered, bluetooth. These are even more expensive. They generally have a fine point. Because there is no standard, they can only be used to its fullest with applications that are specifically designed to work with a particular stylus. These apps support pressure sensitivity and palm rejection and can support custom actions for those styli that have buttons. The Wacom Intuos Stylus 2 is one of those bluetooth styli.

    I have plenty of passive capacitive styli as well as the DotPen and Adonit Dash 3 powered capacitive styli. I have avoided the bluetooth styli because of their reliance on particular applications written to support certain styli. I didn't want to be limited in how I use the stylus.

    That adds a bit of complexity to your situation. You'd need to investigate which apps that support that stylus are still available in the app store and will the version of the app that runs on the iPad 3 supports that Wacom stylus.

    You'll be somewhat limited regardless because the iPad 3 is fairly old.

    I currently use the Apple Pencil on my 2018 iPad but I use the Adonit Dash 3 on my iPad Mini 4 when I need to use a stylus on a smaller iPad. There's no native palm rejection for it, but certain apps, like GoodNotes, has their own palm rejection that works pretty well. For drawing programs, I use a homemade art glove (a $1 cotton glove with the thumb, index, and middle fingers cut off).
  3. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    I'd say that it's worth it.
  4. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    I use a cheap-o $7 powered capacitive stylus and it works fine. It charges via MicroUSB, by removing the other end--ala Apple Pencil, no paring necessary, and works across any type of capacitive screen. Diagonal lines come out wavy, but for basic notes/text it should be fine.
  5. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    What make/model stylus? I'm always on the look out for different options.
  6. Sanderdsz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Thanks so much for the explation, and your time to made it.
    Well I live in Brazil, so all the pen's types are expensive, I have a Wacom Bamboo that I brought back in 2012, but for notes the lines are heavy and I can't proper write like in paper.
    I know, my iPad model are very old and the software isn't ideal, but if I can get a little good experience in write on it, it'll be enough for me.

    So you guys think the Wacom Intuos with the 2000 point pressure is a good option even for an old device like this?
  7. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015

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