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Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil
Developer Apple Inc.
Type Digital stylus
Release date November 2015
Introductory price US$99[1][2]
Website //apple-pencil.com.applewww

Apple Pencil is a digital stylus pen designed by Apple Inc. to work as an input device for the iPad Pro tablet computer.[3] This product was announced on September 9, 2015, and will be released in conjunction with the iPad Pro in November 2015.[4]

Contents

  • Description 1
  • Purpose 2
  • Steve Jobs' opposition to styluses 3
  • Third-party iPad styluses 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Description

Apple Pencil features pressure sensitivity and angle detection.[5][6] Apple Pencil is a Bluetooth device that can communicate simultaneously with the screen and the system underneath it.[7] Apple Pencil detects force, allowing, for example, darker or lighter strokes in a drawing app depending on how hard the user presses. The Apple Pencil was designed for low latency to enable smooth inking on the screen.[5] iPad Pro also allows simultaneous use of Apple Pencil and one's fingers, while rejecting input from the user's palm.[8][9] One end of the Apple Pencil has a removable cap. Underneath this cap is a male Lightning connector, which allows the Pencil's battery to be recharged.[10]

Purpose

Apple Pencil is designed for the creative work done by professional artists. It makes electronic drawing on iPad Pro more feasible. However, multitouch finger input is still the primary input mechanism for iPad Pro.[11] During the September 2015 Apple Event, Apple demonstrated drawing in the Adobe Creative Suite of mobile apps[12] and document annotation in Microsoft Office apps with Apple Pencil.[13][14]

Steve Jobs' opposition to styluses

Since Steve Jobs became Apple's CEO in 1997, he has made several comments about styluses on resistive touchscreens. When Steve Jobs discontinued Apple Newton, which used a stylus, he said:[15]

"God gave us 10 styluses. Let's not invent another."

Steve Jobs stated his opposition to a stylus as a primary input mechanism for the iPhone at the 2007 MacWorld Conference keynote presentation preferring multitouch finger input instead.[16]

"Who wants a stylus? You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em – yech! Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus."

In 2010, he further explained his stance on styluses as "if you see a stylus, they blew it."[17] The following year, Apple's competitor Samsung launched the first of their Galaxy Note series of tablets, all of which include a stylus featuring pressure-sensitivity and other functions, which can be stored in the device; this range proved very successful.[5][18]

The iPad Pro has a capacitive touchscreen and Apple's position on styluses has now significantly changed from Steve Jobs' comments in the past.[5]

Third-party iPad styluses

A number of third-party accessory makers have produced styluses for iPad in the past. However, there has not been a consistent technology for pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, or angle detection leading to delayed reaction times and inaccurate strokes. Each third-party manufacturer has implemented their own hardware and software approaches resulting in a fragmented market with styluses and apps with differing functionalities. For instance, a particular stylus may be designed to offer pressure sensitivity, but any given app must implement such functionality for it to work. All have been limited by previous iPad hardware, which had higher latency than iPad Pro. FiftyThree, Inc. produces an unrelated stylus, also known as Pencil, for use with its Paper drawing app for iPad.[19] Other popular styluses include products made by Wacom and Adonit.

See also

References

  1. ^ "IPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple Keyboard Specifications". simmyideas.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "#AppleEvent : IPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple Keyboard Specifications And Pricing". 360nobs.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Apple Introduces iPad Pro Featuring Epic 12.9-inch Retina Display". Apple.com. Apple Press Info. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "iPad Pro - Apple Pencil". Apple.com. Apple Inc. September 9, 2015. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Statt, Nick (September 9, 2015). "Here's why Apple made the stylus that Steve Jobs hated: Styluses and screens have come a long way".  
  6. ^ Harley; et al. "United States Patent: 8638320". Patent Full Text. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (September 12, 2015). "Apple is not following Jobs' script and that's OK".  
  8. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (September 10, 2015). "Hands on with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil: A huge tablet and an impressive tool". Mashable.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Cunningham, Andrew (September 9, 2015). "Hands-on with the iPad Pro, its keyboard, and its pencil".  
  10. ^ bpepermans (September 9, 2015). "Zoom sur l’iPad Pro... la tablette géante.". MacPlus. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ Pagliery, Jose (September 10, 2015). "Artists cheer the new Apple Pencil stylus". CNN.com. CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ King, Hope. "Apple criticized for Photoshopping smile on woman's face". CNN.com. CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ Price, Rob (September 9, 2015). "Apple just announced a product that Steve Jobs famously hated". Business Insider. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ Davies, Chris (September 9, 2015). "Apple Pencil for iPad Pro revealed: The stylus’ time has come". Slashgear. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Goldman, David (September 10, 2015). Over my dead body:' The Pencil and four other things Steve Jobs would hate"'". CNN.com. CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ Andytgl (June 5, 2010). "Steve Jobs: "Who wants a stylus?" - Apple - Steve Jobs at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco". YouTube. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Patel, Nilay (April 8, 2010). "'"Jobs: If you see a stylus or a task manager, 'they blew it. Engaget. Archived from the original on August 3, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ Roger Cheng (August 15, 2012). "Samsung: 10M Galaxy Notes sold in nine months".  
  19. ^ "Pencil Stylus for iPad & iPhone". FiftyThree.com. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 

External links

  • Apple Pencil – official site
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