Apple has introduced a fresh iteration of the Apple Pencil, retailing at $79, and it’s designed to improve user convenience and compatibility with the latest USB-C iPads. This updated Apple Pencil is set to launch in November, and it simplifies the charging process by incorporating a concealed USB-C charging port, doing away with the need to connect it to the iPad’s charging port.
This more budget-friendly Apple Pencil is intended to be compatible with all USB-C iPads, providing a cost-effective option for users. However, it comes with some trade-offs. Unlike its pricier counterparts, it lacks wireless charging functionality, a feature found in the $129 second-generation Apple Pencil. Additionally, it doesn’t offer the pressure sensitivity found in the older $99 Apple Pencil. These omissions may make it more suitable for individuals primarily interested in note-taking and general iPad usage, rather than for digital artistry.
The introduction of this new Apple Pencil aligns with Apple’s broader strategy of embracing USB-C as a common charging standard. This transition follows last month’s announcement of the iPhone 15 lineup, which has made the shift to USB-C charging, replacing the Lightning port. This move is in accordance with European Union regulations aimed at establishing a more standardized and environmentally friendly charging ecosystem, reducing electronic waste, and enhancing user convenience.