Using an Apple pencil Gen 2 - possible to scratch the screen?

Robertjan88

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Maybe a stupid question, but is it possible to scratch the screen of the iPad Pro 2018 when pressing a bit harder with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

I am asking as certain apps use the force you apply to dictate the intensity of e.g. a brush.

Using ProCreate, but so far, as I am unsure about the above, I have only been pressing the screen very softly without applying much pressure.
 
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Greenmeenie

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Nah. No way. Well...Perhaps...IF somehow, someway a piece of grit got embedded in the pencil tip. But that is unlikely. Still, if you are even a little worried about that possibility, you can always put a screen protector on your iPad. Then no worries at all.
 

Robertjan88

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Nah. No way. Well...Perhaps...IF somehow, someway a piece of grit got embedded in the pencil tip. But that is unlikely. Still, if you are even a little worried about that possibility, you can always put a screen protector on your iPad. Then no worries at all.
Many thanks for your feedback. Appreciated!

I thought there were currently some issues with screen protectors for the 2018 model of the iPad Pro.

If these have been fixed, are there any proper protectors that don't influence the color and touch accuracy? :)
 

flur

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Many thanks for your feedback. Appreciated!

I thought there were currently some issues with screen protectors for the 2018 model of the iPad Pro.

If these have been fixed, are there any proper protectors that don't influence the color and touch accuracy? :)
The MediaDevil protector is the only one confirmed to work that doesn’t impact sharpness or touch accuracy (it’s clear so it won’t impact color). It is a non-glass protector.
 

Capt T

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Did not worry about it with my first gen pro and pencil, not worried about it with this one. No screen protector.
 
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ventuss

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Yes it does. You are not going to scratch it by just taking notes and casually drawing, still, I think it depends on your art style. I do a lot of figure drawing. I think shading is what might eventually scratch your screen.

I have some minor scratches, but you need a flashlight in a darkroom to see it.
 

bobbydd21

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My iPad 12.9 firs gen got a couple scratches from using the Apple Pencil without a screen protector. However, as others have said the current protectors out for the 2018’s seem to be crap. Nobody else has ever scratched their iPad with the pencil?
 

sracer

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My iPad 12.9 firs gen got a couple scratches from using the Apple Pencil without a screen protector. However, as others have said the current protectors out for the 2018’s seem to be crap. Nobody else has ever scratched their iPad with the pencil?
No. I used the Pencil on my 12.9 Pro often everyday for a year without a screen protector and didn't experience any scratches. It's been nearly 2 years with a matte protector and have a scratch or two but that is due to the protector being far softer than the glass of the screen.
 

AlexiTQ

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Judging by the complaints I’ve seen since the first iPad Pro, this does not seem to be a big problem. It seems some have gotten scratches, albeit minor ones, but for the most part it’s fine. Just take care not to drag grit around with the pencil.

I personally prefer a matte screen protector but I’ve used the new iPad Pro naked since I got it. No problem at all.
 

ventuss

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I’m pretty sure you can use it without scratching the screen depending on how clean you keep it, still I think it depends on your lifestyle. If you are an artist and plan on using the iPad for drawing several hours a day, you should probably use a screen protector or just stop being afraid of scratching it.

Don’t be afraid of using the pencil. It’s a wonderful tool. :p
 

macbanjo

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I usely clean my screen before drawing to get ant dust, dirt off also wipe the tip of the pencil as well
I did have a glass protector on my old iPad but still did the above, I have the 11 now and no screen
Protector and not sure if I will this time
But am interested in the paper like protector that is available



Maybe a stupid question, but is it possible to scratch the screen of the iPad Pro 2018 when pressing a bit harder with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

I am asking as certain apps use the force you apply to dictate the intensity of e.g. a brush.

Using ProCreate, but so far, as I am unsure about the above, I have only been pressing the screen very softly without applying much pressure.
 
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