Apple Pencil 2 FAQ: All about iPad Pro's magnetic accessory for 2018 – CNET
The new Apple Pencil 2 has a magnetic personality.
For Apple, the Pencil is mightier than the index finger alone.
The Apple Pencil is the tech giant’s pressure-sensitive tool for creative professionals, and can be used for precision drawing, writing, drafting, annotating and editing photos. It will no doubt draw comparisons to the styluses from competing tablets, including Google’s Pixelbook Pen for the Pixelbook Slate and Pixelbook Chromebook and Microsoft’s Surface Pen for the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop ($695 at Amazon).
What’s the deal with the second-generation Apple Pencil?
The second-gen Apple Pencil (henceforth known as Apple Pencil 2 or Apple Pencil 2018) improves on the first-generation model with an enhanced design and new tricks to tote it around more easily and increase your productivity.
How much does it cost?
The new Apple Pencil goes for $129 in the US. That’s up $30 from the $99 Apple Pencil first introduced in 2015.
Apple Pencil prices: 2015 and 2018
Apple Pencil 2015 Apple Pencil 2018 US $99 $129 UK £89 £119 AU AU$145 AU$199 When can I buy the Apple Pencil 2018?
You can preorder it now. It officially goes on sale Nov. 7.
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What’s the difference between the Apple Pencil 2015 and Apple Pencil 2018?
A slimmer, sleeker matte design, the Apple Pencil 2 automatically pairs with your iPad Pro ($567 at Amazon), waking it up with a tap. It also snaps on magnetically to the tablet, and charges wirelessly when it’s attached. (The original Apple Pencil paired awkwardly through a Lightning connector hidden beneath the devices’ end cap and didn’t easily travel alongside the iPad Pro unless you bought a special case with a dedicated holster.)
You can double-tap the sides to change the Pencil’s function. In the Notes app, double-tapping switches from a pencil to an eraser. What you do depends on which app you’re in.
The second-gen Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad Pro 2018 and charges magnetically.
As a bonus, Apple throws in a free engraving on the side when you order the Apple Pencil 2018.
Does the new Apple Pencil work with all iPads?
Sadly, it does not. The Apple Pencil 2 will only work with the 2018 iPad Pros. It is not backwards compatible with earlier models, or with the standard iPad for 2018. Apple still sells the original Apple Pencil to work with older iPad Pros.
Does the old Apple Pencil work with the 2018 iPads?
The Apple Pencil 2015 works with:
iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (first and second generations)
iPad Pro 10.5‑inch