YOU might be excited about the new rumors falling for the upcoming iPad Pro refresh, but I'm drooling over the crumbs of information about the next Apple pencil. To be honest, they do not really add to that: Monday's report of 9to5Mac mainly claimed that the following stylus is easier to connect with an iPad, as we see with the AirPods and HomePod. That's cool and everything, but the more I think about it, the more I'm surprised that this feature was not present at the launch.
It does not surprise me that the details are so small. The Apple Pencil is already almost perfect. The weight is perfect. It comes closer to translating the feel of a real pen or pencil than any other stylus I've used. I feel like I'm creating something, instead of just using a tool for input.
And yet I know that there is still room for improvement. I've been using the Apple pencil for over a year pretty steadily, and these are the features that I would most like to see.
A more elegant charging method
I am not so much an enemy of the current method of recharging the Apple Pencil as you might think. Certainly, sticking the Apple Pencil into the iPad's lighting port makes the whole installation look like a hand fan with $ 500 southern churches, but it also obscures the need to carry a cord (provided the iPad itself is charged). It also avoids design complications that would ruin that wonderful weight. And anyway, just like the Magic Mouse, the Apple Pencil loads super fast, so you do not have to keep it that long.
But yes, it could to be better. A solution would be to introduce the next Apple pencil with a female Lightning connector so you can charge it with a cable like almost any other iOS compatible device. The Logitech Crayon charges that way and it works fine. Apple could also introduce wireless charging for the Apple Pencil, just as it is rumored to be using the AirPods charging case. I especially like that idea: if you put your pencil on the pad, it would seem a bit like putting pens in a pen holder on your desk.
A better way to see the battery level of the Apple Pencil
The Apple pencil looks partly good because it does not contain all the technical things that you can normally find with peripherals. There are no small green lights on the sides of the device and even the charging port is elegantly hidden (unless of course you lose the cap). It is beautiful, and very little the & # 39; gadget & # 39;
Yet it is a bit annoying to include an Apple Pencil in a stream of inspiration and realize that the battery is dead, especially because you do not have an easy way to control it. In essence, except that you just tap the screen to see if the pencil is working, the only way to check the battery is by swiping at your notification panel and consulting the battery widget there.
I bet that it will stay that way. If you add such a function, you run the risk that the grace of the design of the Apple Pencil decreases. A possible solution would be to include a charging light hidden under the cap along with the Lightning connector, similar to what we see in the case of the AirPods. Just like in that device, it would do the job without being intrusive.
A & # 39; Sharper & # 39; point
The Apple Pencil is remarkably different from many styluses that came before it because it has a pretty "sharp" point. For the most part, styluses looked more like fingers than real pens or pencils; In the worst case, they had the feeling of scribbling with crayons that someone had crushed about the point. The "sharp" point of the Apple Pencil is a big part of what makes it a pleasure to write.
And yet, well, it is not sharp enough. I'm used to writing with quality pencils – whether it's Blackwing 602s or pricey Caran d & # 39; Ache Swiss Woods – and it's hugely satisfying to put one of those things on paper after a new sharpening. The line does exactly what you want. For writing, at least, the Apple pencil is not quite there yet. Her close to– and the digital line performs as well as it possibly can, but physically the Apple pencil still feels like a pencil that has been dulled by intensive use. In fact, it feels more like a paint brush (and that is perhaps what Apple is going for, given the artistic focus of the ads).
A more accurate rubber tip would allow Apple Pencil to capture the experience of using a premium pencil or pen more accurately. Well implemented, which would benefit both writers and artists.
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I always think about how much the Apple pencil feels like a real pen or pencil. In fact, it feels as much as one that I sometimes instinctively want to turn around and use the eraser. But that does not work. That is where the aforementioned charging connector is located, embedded in its small magnetic cap. (I know that some of you may want to have the cap under its own head in this article, but I used my Apple Pencil as a drumstick before and the cap did not come off, so eh.)
But it would be great if we had a way to erase with the Pencil itself, apart from activating a separate tool in the interface of an app. As it looks now, the smoothest way to erase is to set finger touches in an app to erase (while the actual marking is limited to the pencil), but there are times when even that is not exactly enough.
Some styluses allow shifts from marking to erasing with individual buttons on the pen itself, but that would compromise the existing design of the pencil. I am convinced that preserving the feel of a pencil (or brush) takes precedence over the Apple pencil pimping with small buttons.
A better way to store the Apple pencil
I see this as a low priority. But if you're going to design a $ 100 stylus for your advanced tablet, would not you want to give your customers a safe place to store them? I usually use a cover with my iPad instead of a cover, so I end up throwing my Apple Pencil in my bag like any other pen. I even knew to wear it in my pocket or pocket. I have never lost it in one way or another.
This is not ideal, to say the least. I would love it if Apple could include a kind of slot for the Apple Pencil in the iPad itself, but I know this is unlikely to happen. First, the iPad itself would probably be too fat. For another, slots for such objects are liable to become dirty. (For that reason I have to constantly clean the housing of my AirPods.) But maybe a magnetic lock? It can happen. Could be.
The ability to easily switch the Apple Pencil between iPads
I admit that this is a very specialized problem and you probably will not encounter it unless you have multiple iPads. But it certainly annoyed me when I tested latency differences between the new 9.7-inch iPad and older iPad Pros: I had to use a separate Apple Pencil for each comparison on each iPad, unless I wanted to make the effort the time to disconnect each time.
There are many cases where it makes sense to link a device to a specific iPad, but this seems excessive. I always think of classrooms where a teacher might want to bring down something and mark something on a student's project with her own pencil. But she can not. She must use the students.
However specialist it is, we will probably see a solution. The Monday report claimed that "switching between devices is possible without connecting the Apple Pencil to the charging port," probably with the same rumors that you can easily pair your Apple Pencil with an iPad.