I think this is a thread that most fellow artist will relate to. With this your will understand why the pencil is such a big deal. For those non artist wacom is a company that creates drawing tablets and the preferred tool maker for digital artists. Google any piece of digital art and odds are that 9 out of ten times it was made with a wacom product. The reason we need wacom over any mouse or dumb styli can be summarized in two words "pressure sensivity." The first version always sucks and early adopters get screwed and yet unlike some third party solutions "adonit's pixel point" or "pencil by 53" that were considered toys at best the apple pencil is a tool. Meaning there were a lot of companies created for or that just invested a lot of money just to create a stylus to draw in an iPad even before apple stepped in with the pencil. The first version of the apple pencil is getting a lot of comparisons with Wacom and surface. Wacom has always been notoriously overpriced. Even the expensive iPad Pro is, believe it or not, cheaper than the cintiq line. Only the none portable cintiq 13 HD is as expensive as the iPad pro. Ironically Apple is already the cheapest option with just iPad pro support. Meanwhile the (not as) portable and super bulky cintiq companion that is at least 1350 dollars (if you live in America if not that will get a lot more expensive) is very very expensive and not as portable as the iPad pro at all (they even have noisy fans). Most digital artist have dreamed of drawing directly on a screen for years but only the pros (or rich) have been able to justify or afford buying one. Meanwhile the beginners or people without money have had to rely on cheap bamboo tablets and adapt to drawing in a board and seeing the screen, but we adapted. Ever wonder the reason you have to charge your pencil? It's because Wacom has the patent of not chargeable styli. When the pencil arrives to all iPads (not just the pro) or if it remains exclusive, when we get the pro 2 (making the pro 1 cheaper), there will be literally no reason for artist (specially beginners) to not get an iPad to draw instead of an intuos or a bamboo tablet or even a cintiq. Some pros might still prefer the cintiq but with the refinement of astropad and future versions of the pencil coming the iPad improving over the stagnate wacom most will be eventually win over Wacom. Many artist have worked their asses, sweat , tears and savings just to be able to get the cheapest wacom not minding even for a second the discomfort of watching a screen and drawing in a pad. Some artist even got to steal cheap printing paper just to be able to draw. That's why I feel the snobs that want the pencil exclusive to the pro just to be able to brag on starbucks are being close minded at best and selfishly stagnating art at worst. TL; DR the pencil is a game changer for artists. --- Post Merged, Jan 17, 2016 --- updated with some pictures.