The Apple Pencil only works on iPad Pro models, but plenty of third-party stylus work on older iPads. A lot of stylus are "dumb stylus" that don't offer advance features, but one model, the SonarPen, uses the iPad headphone jack to offer a battery-less and pressure sensitive stylus. The SonarPen also offers palm rejection and promises to perform "like its more expensive competitors on the market."
Hong Kong-based company Greenbulb has created a stylus for all iPad models "released after 2010." At only $30, or "the price of 5 cups of coffee" according to Greenbulb, the SonarPen is also more affordable than most stylus on the market, including Apple's $99 Pencil.
Wacom has unveiled three new pressure sensitive stylus at IFA in Berlin. The new lineup includes a new third-generation Bamboo Stylus, a new fineline Bamboo Stylus and the Creative Stylus 2. The Bamboo Stylus 3 features a new easy to replace carbon fiber tip which helps reduce friction. It is available now as a solo model for $20, or as the "duo" which features a refillable ballpoint pen on the flip side. The duo is also available now on wacom.com for $30. Both models are available in silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.
The fineline promises to deliver the "most natural writing experience" on a tablet thanks to its pressure sensitive 1.9mm solid plastic tip. The stylus supports the iPad 2 or later and Wacom's Bamboo Paper app available on the App Store, Google Play, Windows App Store and Amazon App Store. The Bamboo fineline is $60 and it also available on silver, grey, blue, green, orange and pink.
The creators of the popular Paper drawing app for the iPad have released a Pencil stylus for Apple's tablet. The stylus utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 and the Paper app to allow users the ability to easily sketch, write and create on their iPad. Fifty-Three's software is able to decipher your hand from the Pencil so you can write from any angle just like you would on paper. Even cooler, you can flip the stylus upside down to erase your mistakes just like a real pencil.
The Pencil charges off any USB port and the battery can last for up to a month on a single charge. The pencil tip and eraser sensors are plated in 14kt gold, and the body is crafted from a "solid piece of premium-grade walnut," according to Fifty-Three's website. The solid black brushed aluminum model is $50, and the Walnut model is $60.
Wacom believes it has filled a gap in the very crowded tablet stylus market with the Intuos Creative Stylus and its "realistic pen-on-paper feel". The Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity which "reproduces the feel and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers," according to the press release. The Creative Stylus is also compatible with Wacom's free Bamboo Paper app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage by Ambient Design, and ProCreate by Savage Interactive.
"It's great to finally see the trusted Wacom Intuos brand enter the creative mobile landscape. We're very excited to announce that ProCreate supports the new Intuos Creative Stylus and we can't wait to see what artists achieve with these two powerful mobile tools", says James Cuda, co-founder of Savage Interactive and developer of ProCreate for iPad.