Among graphic designers, Apple pencil sketches and Apple Pencil drawings are quite popular. Many iPad customers like the idea of a stylus for note-taking and illustration. And Apple happens to make one called the Apple Pencil. But it’s one-hundred thirty dollar price tag comes as a shock to many. Sometimes people tend to believe that it is more economical to use any computer stylus rather than a pricey one. They see a plastic stylus and assume it’d be more affordable.
So why is the Apple Pencil so expensive?
Well that’s what we’ll be explaining now. There’s a lot more to the Apple Pencil than meets the eye. Let’s start with the tip. It is the most precise pressure sensitivity of any stylus on the market today. And thanks to its nine axis gyroscope, tilt detection allows you to make strokes of various thickness on the fly. All of this is to say, the Apple Pencil behaves just like a real pencil. And transforms the product from “A Simple stylus” to a digital artist tool.
Similar to the popular Wacom pens used by graphic artists. Moving on to the pencil’s middle, you’ll notice a flat surface with several other technologies. Magnets that connect to your iPad, wireless charging components that power the pencil while attached, and a touch-sensitive layer that provides more functionality are all included. For example, pressing twice to choose between brushes. All of this technology however is not cheap, especially when you consider its compact design.
The Apple Pencil is one of the finest styluses available. To fit everything within, Apple had to design a folded logic board with a CPU, Bluetooth chip, and other electronics. All of these internals were carefully arranged to achieve a balanced centre of gravity that feels natural in the hand. However, the most significant element of any digital writing tool is the amount of delay, or lag. If the line you’re drawing lags too far behind the tip of the stylus, your sketching experience won’t be as fluid as it would be with a real pencil.
Apple paid close attention to this detail, optimising the iPad’s software to offer an industry-leading nine milliseconds of latency while using Apple Pencil. What’s more astonishing than how quickly it can draw is how quickly it can charge. Apple Pencil provides an additional half hour of use after only fifteen seconds of charging. Keeping your work session from being interrupted due to a dead battery. So, while it may appear to be a cheap plastic pen, the Apple Pencil contains some great technology that may be worth the $130 price tag.