Apple Pencil 2: What You Need To Know

Apple Pencil second generation on top on an iPad pro with Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 by Microsoft in the background

Apple is cunning, some could argue it’s just good business. Most of us (die-hard Apple fans) want to own their latest, coolest, shiniest gadgets. Apple knows this! To make sure we upgrade our iPad Pros, they made a new Apple Pencil that is not compatible with previous-generation iPad Pros, making us feeling left out and irrelevant; ancient even!

The Build

The Apple Pencil 2 is beautiful. It looks like a traditional pen. You can fool someone to think it is. It is lighter, shorter and slightly thinner than the first-generation Apple Pencil. The matte finish makes it less slippery; a welcome improvement.


The new charging setup makes more sense. Wireless charging is so 21st century! The double tap shortcut on the Apple Pencil 2 is great. I turned mine off though; I am not yet comfortable using it. When writing, I fidget a lot with the stylus, unintentionally activating the double tap shortcut.

Not everything about the Apple pencil 2 is amazing though.

The flattened side is uncomfortable. The curve and flat combination doesn’t work for me. I am constantly turning the Apple Pencil 2 when writing, trying to find a comfortable position. When I do, it is short-lived. I’ve also found the Apple logo on the stylus distracting. It gets caught at the corner of my eye often.

I’ve been taught that continually charging a battery kills it. Knowing Apple, they probably purposefully designed the Apple Pencil 2 to charge all the time so I can destroy my battery by the end of the year. That way I would need to purchase a new Apple Pencil.

I could be wrong, but I’m not going to find out because I am keeping my Apple Pencil 2 and the iPad Pro 2018 separate. Until I purchase an Apple Pencil case, it stays in its box. It doesn’t take long to charge anyway, I doubt I’ll have any trouble with my battery running out while taking notes.

I think this always-charged Apple Pencil mantra is a setup! I could just be paranoid.

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