Apple Announces Apple Pencil (USB-C) for iPads: A New Accessory for iPad Users
American tech giant Apple has unveiled its latest offering: the Apple Pencil (USB-C) for iPads. This accessory is set to hit the Indian market in November and will be available at a retail price of Rs 7,900. The Pencil (USB-C) is designed to be compatible with a range of iPad models, making it a versatile addition for iPad enthusiasts.
Wide Compatibility Across iPad Models
The Apple Pencil (USB-C) is engineered to work seamlessly with iPad models that feature a USB Type-C port. This includes the 10th generation iPad, the sixth-generation iPad mini, the fourth-generation iPad Air, as well as the third-generation or later models of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and all variants of the 11-inch iPad Pro. This broad compatibility ensures that a wide range of iPad users can benefit from this accessory.
Magnetic Attachment for Convenience
In terms of design, the Apple Pencil (USB-C) incorporates a magnet side, allowing it to securely attach to iPads for storage. This feature is aimed at enhancing user convenience by ensuring the Pencil is always within reach. However, it’s important to note that, unlike the second-generation Pencil, the Pencil (USB-C) does not support wireless pairing and charging. Instead, users will need to connect it using a USB-C cable for both charging and pairing. Additionally, when magnetically attached to the iPad, the pencil enters a sleep mode to help preserve its battery life.
Impressive Features and Some Limitations
The Apple Pencil (USB-C) is equipped with a range of impressive features, including Apple’s renowned precision touch, low-latency input, and tilt sensitivity. It also supports the hover function on the iPad Pro, similar to the second-generation Apple Pencil. However, it’s worth noting that the Pencil (USB-C) lacks support for pressure sensitivity, wireless pairing and charging, and the double-tap feature to change tools—features that are available in the high-end Apple Pencil (second-generation).
Pricing and Availability in India
The Apple Pencil (USB-C) is priced at Rs 7,900, and a special discounted rate of Rs 6,900 is available for educational purposes. It is set to be available for purchase in India in early November through Apple’s official online store and Apple retail outlets. This competitive pricing and broad availability are likely to make the Apple Pencil (USB-C) an attractive accessory for iPad users seeking precise input and enhanced functionality.