Pencil tip?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Nhwhazup, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    So how long does the Pencil last? Mine came with a couple replacements. I'm still using the original from last year. Just wondering if anyone has changed theirs and what were the signs that it needed to be changed.
  2. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2012
    Over time the surface will start to wear down. Imagine a perfectly rounded pencil lead wearing down and developing flat edges in the places where it's most used; it's just like this, only it takes a very long time.

    If you use a matte screen protector to increase the friction it happens quite a bit faster, but on the screen glass you can generally use the same tip for a very long time.

    At the extreme end you can wear away the surface to the point where the metal emitter in the tip is visible, and that's what Apple is referring to when they say that a damaged tip can scratch your screen. This can also happen if the tip is damaged by a fall, rubs against something very rough (like brick), etc.

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