There have been a few signs that Apple has been working on an iPhone stylus. First an apparent slip by Tim Cook about using an Apple Pencil with an iPhone, and second three different patents filed for a smaller stylus and other Pencil technology. Today, the publication The Investor claims Apple is indeed designing a "digital pen" for release as early as 2019.
Apple has begun selling refurbished Pencils on its online store. The stylus, normally $99, is now available for $85. A savings of $14 if you don't mind buying refurbished.
Refurbished Apple products come with a one-year limited warranty and are covered by Apple's 4-day return policy. Each Pencil ships with a Lighting adapter and extra tip.
The ProBack is a new iPad Pro accessory that makes charging your Apple Pencil easier than using the Lightning connector, especially when you're on the go. The top of the case includes a convenient port to hold and charge your stylus, instead of having it protrude from the bottom of your tablet. As you can see in the video posted above, you can easily slide the Apple Pencil into the side of the designated slot and it will charge as normal. The case also includes a magnetic holder for the cap.
A new report from an unknown Dutch blog about the second-generation Apple Pencil has done little to help the lackluster news coming out of the Apple rumor mill. According to Roman Zavřel, the next-generation Apple Pencil will come equipped with a new magnetic system and pen-like clip for attaching the stylus to your iPad bezel or pocket. The report gives no mention of any other features, making it the most underwhelming rumor of the year.
As we previously discussed, the normally chatty Apple rumor mill has been eerily quiet when it comes to the next-generation iPad. So far noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities and the Japanese website Makotakara are the only credible sources who have offered 2017 iPad predictions.
Belkin's newest product is a simple stand that works like a traditional inkwell for the Apple Pencil. It doesn't do anything fancy, such as charging, but it does provide a fashionable way to store your stylus when it's not in use. There are several Apple Pencil cases and accessories that attach your stylus to your iPad Pro, but most of them are unsightly and are only for transportation. The Belkin Base is a desk accessory that allows you to keep you Pencil nearby and ready for use.
Yes, you can highlight text in iBooks with the Apple Pencil. This only works with an iBook, not PDFs. To use your Apple Pencil as a highlighter just find the passage of text you want to highlight and place your Pencil where you want to begin. Drag your Pencil across the text you want to highlight and you're done. To change the color of any highlighted text, or to underline any highlighted text, just tap the highlighted area and tap the color icon or red underline option when they pop up.
There is no ON / OFF button for the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil only takes 15 seconds of charging through the Lightning connector for 30 minutes of use. This means you can pick up your Pencil at anytime, quickly charge it and begin using it in literally seconds. You can also use the Apple Pencil as a basic stylus without the touch-sensitive features on supported apps when it is not charged.
Yes, the Apple Pencil does work with third-party keyboards, such as Swype and Fleksy. It actually works better with keyboards that utilize swipe motions, unlike the stock Apple keyboard where you need to tap to type.
Yes, according to the Apple support forums, MacRumor forums and other various user comments lots of iPad Pro owners use their Apple Pencil with a screen protector.
No, the Apple Pencil is only supported by Apple's two iPad Pro models. This includes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple's stylus does not work with any iPad mini models, iPad Air models or non-Apple tablets. It also does not work with any other Apple products, such as the iPod touch, iPhone, MacBooks and so on.