Apple Pencil Excites Artists
Apple has made a new device for the Ipad Pro. It’s been on show four weeks but now it has finally available to buy. The clever device, known as the Apple Pencil, features pressure sensitivity and angle detection and looks like it will excite artists.
The pencil can add shading by tilting it to the side. Draw thick lines by adding pressure and draw thin lines by taking off pressure. The piece of highly responsive tech is a stylus in the shape of a pencil. With the Pencil you can pay extra for a smart keyboard to go with your iPad Pro.
The pencil has a great battery life; you simply charge it for 15 seconds and that provides enough charge to last you 30 minutes.
This appealing new device – a shiny white plastic cylinder with a rubbery tip at the end and a small cap on top – is great for sketching. It will help you out by making your lines neater. The pencil has pressure sensitivity and will change the lines you’re drawing as you tilt – providing your app supports this feature.
There’s one replacement tip included—Apple will sell replacement tips but, as yet, we don’t know how much they will cost.
But where do you keep your Apple Pencil? It has no storage place on the iPad itself and no extra loop or magnet on the Smart Keyboard.
You can use your Apple Pencil to navigate around iOS and launch apps, but early comments suggest it’s not that comfortable to use it that way.
The iPad Pro knows if you’re using your finger or the Pencil. It scans its signal at an astounding 240 times per second, giving it twice the data points it normally collects with your finger.
Priced at £79, this latest device is now for sale in any Apple store or their website. This is what they have to say:
‘When using iPad Pro, there may be moments when you want even greater precision. So we painstakingly designed Apple Pencil to expand on the versatility of Multi-Touch. And while the technology inside is unlike anything we’ve ever engineered, picking up Apple Pencil for the first time feels instantly familiar. It lets you make any number of effects, right down to a single pixel, giving you more creative freedom than ever before.’
A 10-year-old techno geek said, “ It looks like a great device but I’m disappointed it is only for the iPad Pro.”
Lewis, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy