Apple Pencil joins the iPad confusion zone

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Article note: I've used a bunch of student's iPads with styluses, and they are broadly the least-shitty stylus experience I've ever had, but ... The Gen1 pencils are ALWAYS missing their cap and/or have connector issues, because that was a terrible design. The double tap to swap tools feature is both necessary for it to not be frustrating to edit things, and annoyingly inconsistent. I can't imagine the experience being half as good without pressure sensitivity or wirelessly charging when docked. The Gen2 pencil is the _only_ one that doesn't have some kind of bewildering design failure to it.
A picture of four iPads and three Apple Pencils — the second-generation one is attached to one, while the other two sit next to iPads.
Three Pencils were given to the iPads. | Image: Apple

A third, cheaper Apple Pencil now sits in Apple’s lineup of styluses, giving iPad owners more choice than ever. And yet, that choice is fraught with compromises and caveats. There’s still not one Apple Pencil to rule them all, and that’s a problem for shoppers.

Let’s run down what was announced today. The new Apple Pencil is $79, can be magnetically attached to the side of your iPad, and no longer needs to be plugged directly into the iPad’s charging port for power, like the 2015 original. On the newest Pro models, it also supports the hover feature that shows where your Pencil is before you actually touch the screen. These are all good things!

But Apple made some strange omissions, too. Pressure sensitivity, a headlining feature of both...

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