With the upcoming iPad Pro, Apple will finally offer its own stylus solution, which is likely to appeal mobile digital artists and creative professionals.
Since the launch of the first iPad in 2010, there have always been manny users looking for a high quality stylus to be used in combination with one of the many high quality drawing and painting iPad apps available on the App Store.
Unfortunately until now almost every third party stylus has shown some limits, mostly due to the inherent hardware compatibility issues with the tip size and the pressure sensitivity.
While some recent solutions – like the Wacom Creative Stylus and the Adonit Jot Pro – managed to address both these problems, they didn’t turn out to be a perfect solution.
As a result, in the last years many iPad users have embarked on a “quest for the perfect stylus” – you can read the dedicated forum thread at Procreate’s website, just to have an idea.
Now the Apple Pencil, specifically designed for the new iPad Pro and its 12.9-inch, 2732 x 2048 resolution display, promises to fill this gap, even if it will come at a steep price of $99 – plus of course a minimum of $799 for the entry-level iPad Pro 128 GB, WiFi only model.
According to the first official information released by Apple, the device has a very small, “almost imperceptible”, latency, combined with a precise pressure sensor, tilt sensitivity and a battery capable of offering 12 hours of drawing, while a quick recharge of just 15 seconds will provide enough energy for 30 minutes of use.
It will be interesting to see the Pencil in use and, most of all, how app developers will take advantage of its features to offer a truly satisfying sketching and painting experience.
Hopefully Apple will make the Pencil also available for the next iteration of the normal-sized iPad and iPad mini.