iPad Pro Diary: Ben finally found a reason to have an Apple Pencil

“There are two Apple products I was pretty sure weren’t for me. The first was the Apple Watch,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “I now wear one everyday.”

“But there seemed no doubt at all that I had no possible reason to want an Apple Pencil,” Lovejoy writes. “I cannot draw. At all. Never have, and have never had any desire to learn. I have more than enough creative outlets already, between writing, photography and video. And I hadn’t handwritten anything for probably close to two decades.”

Apple's 2nd generation Apple Pencil
Apple’s 2nd generation Apple Pencil

“I remember when the Apple Pencil came out, and various people here were trying to persuade me I needed one. My question was: What for? How would I use it?” Lovejoy writes. “But I just bought the second-gen one, and for the unlikeliest of reasons: helping me with dance lessons.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Most anybody can find a use for Apple Pencil, often many uses!


  1. They’re also great for doing presentations. You connect the iPad to the 65″ conference room TV, have your presentation set up ahead of time and draw as needed. The only problem is that just like everything else, they are way too expensive.

    Saying you pay a premium for Apple’s tech is no longer adequate. You are paying hostage level, blackmail level, gun to head, screamingly outrageous prices.

    It’s wonderful instrument. It’s a wonderful $65 instrument. Apple charges $130. The average price of an iPad compatible stylus is about $30. I think over twice as much is enough of a premium, i.e. $65.

    Apple would sell many more of their accessories at realistic prices.

    I know what you’re going to say. “If you don’t like it, don’t use it.” And you’re absolutely right, and therein lays the danger. It’s becoming less of a choice and more of a rational decision.

    1. Eh, the first question for EVERY Apple purchase, since the dawn of time has always been, “Do you have enough money for an Apple product?” If not, then you’re pointed to some perfectly fine alternate solution.

      This has never changed, however, I think many of the folks that want to “keep up” with Apple have found themselves priced out of the market (due to fixed incomes or whatever). This will always be the way. For some, even $65 would be too much and $25 would be better. To others, $5 would be the sweet spot (it’s no different from a Nintendo DS stylus).

      People with the money are making the choice, and others are getting one of the other fine styluses out there, and some are buying nothing. There’s a wide range of products for a wide range of pockets and purchasing power. It’s not dangerous, it’s how the system works.

  2. After two and one-half months of owning the Apple Pencil 2, I simply could not justify the cost I paid for it and finally returned it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Pencil 2 just as much as I did the initial Apple Pencil. What I found very frustrating was that I could not use it to drag the screen up from the bottom (or down from the top) to reveal those open Apps or the Control Panel which meant always putting it down and reaching for another stylus to do those movements which I did 20 times a day.

    Then I finally found a stylus long enough for my hand that felt close enough to the Apple Pencil that did just that and since I don’t draw anything, the Wacom Duos with the pen are just perfect and for $9.99 on eBay, they are a perfect replacement for my Apple Pencil. Thank goodness XXX Store has a 90-day return policy.

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