Prove or Convince me why the Apple Pencil is a must with a new iPad Pro

max2

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Like how many apps can take advantage of it? Which ones take most advantage of it?

Thanks.
 

Cashmonee

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Be careful to not be in search of a solution when you don’t have a problem. I am a teacher, and use the Pencil to write things down and project them to my TVs for students. It’s a fairly niche use. Outside of that, once in a while, I use it for coloring books. But that’s it. If you don’t have a use case in mind, it is unlikely you need a Pencil or would get much out it.
 

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Be careful to not be in search of a solution when you don’t have a problem. I am a teacher, and use the Pencil to write things down and project them to my TVs for students. It’s a fairly niche use. Outside of that, once in a while, I use it for coloring books. But that’s it. If you don’t have a use case in mind, it is unlikely you need a Pencil or would get much out it.
Ok thanks!

I thought I would use it to right down list of things.
 

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It just seems quicker to write something down with the pencil at least on the iPad than using the onboard keyboard.
 

Cashmonee

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Ok thanks!

I thought I would use it to right down list of things.
And that could be a legitimate use case. Especially with the quick notes feature of iOS 11. Personally, my iPad doesn’t occupy that space in my life. I have a paper planner for those types of things.
 
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And that could be a legitimate use case. Especially with the quick notes feature of iOS 11. Personally, my iPad doesn’t occupy that space in my life. I have a paper planner for those types of things.
How do I know if a certain app has pencil support please? Do I have to email every developer of the apps I want to use the pencil in ?
 

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I'm in the same situation. I've had my first gen iPad Pro 12.9 for a year and a half, and I've just ordered a new 10.5 to replace it. I keep eyeing the pencil as it looks so cool, but I suspect it will be something that seems cool at first, but then after a while it will just sit there unused most of the time.
 
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Deacon-Blues

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I can't. I was all set to buy the 10.5 with a pencil, then today I talked at length with my dog's cardiologist about his set up. He bought it for the same reasons I was thinking about buying it and he said he never uses it anymore. He uses the keyboard all the time though, I think that may be worth it.

He actually made the point that the only thing he ever uses the pencil for is signing documents. But like me he isn't artistic. I really think the pencil is only useful for artists or people who draw for a living, like architects, landscape architects, and so on. If I was rolling in cash I'd buy one anyway. I am not.
 

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As an artist the pencil is obviously great for me. If I wasn't an artist I would probably not have the pencil. I might not even have an iPad Pro. Probably just the mini.

I could also see myself owning the pencil if I regularly had to take handwritten notes or mark up documents.
 
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Relentless Power

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It just seems quicker to write something down with the pencil at least on the iPad than using the onboard keyboard.
It also helped with the reduced latency of 20ms with the new iPad Pro that the Apple Pencil draws/writes much more efficient with very little lag at all.
 
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rui no onna

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It just seems quicker to write something down with the pencil at least on the iPad than using the onboard keyboard.
Not really. Then again, I'm quite used to the onscreen keyboard and I make use of dictation quite often.

Personally, I've misplaced my Pencil for a couple months. Never really missed it. It's sitting in a pocket inside my purse now, probably out of battery.
 

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I am one of those people who bought the pencil when it came out and then left it in a drawer for months. Then I found GoodNotes and started using it. Until you find yourself a use for the pencil, well it is useless. Though the Pencil is what turned the iPP to more than a regular iPad for me, even more than the ASK which i also purchased when it came out. ASK still made a god stand though, better than the smart cover.
Now i can't have my iPP without the pencil, without it the iPP feels...less
 

Relentless Power

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I am one of those people who bought the pencil when it came out and then left it in a drawer for months. Then I found GoodNotes and started using it. Until you find yourself a use for the pencil, well it is useless. Though the Pencil is what turned the iPP to more than a regular iPad for me, even more than the ASK which i also purchased when it came out. ASK still made a god stand though, better than the smart cover.
Now i can't have my iPP without the pencil, without it the iPP feels...less
Some times I think iPad users who purchased the iPad Pro feel the need to purchase the Apple Pencil as an accessory because they think Think they will take advantage of it, when in some cases they don't.

But for those who are artists or do a lot of editing/sketching, it's almost ideal to have one with the new iPad Pro.

On a side note, the iPad Pro drawing thread on the iPad forum has some amazing sketches that some users have come up with. Fascinating sketches that a digital pencil can generate.
 
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c14nhl

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I use the Pencil daily while in the office for note taking.

Evenings I often find myself using it for general navigation around iOS although not always.
 

Dave245

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The Apple Pencil is something that i use daily and i wouldn't be without it, i use it for a number of different things such as:

Drawing
Adult colouring books (they are very relaxing)
taking notes with Notability
Affinity Photo
Procreate

The Apple Pencil is one of the best accessory's (along with the AirPods) that Apple has ever made, at least in my opinion. I don't have the ASK keyboard i either type with the on screen keyboard (on my 12.9" iPad Pro it feels like a full size keyboard) or i type on my now old 2011 MacBook Pro or my main desktop which is an iMac. With IOS 11 coming out i think that the iPad Pro is going to replace a lot of peoples laptops and to a degree it has with me, BUT i do still love to use a Mac.
 
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