The Apple Pencil is one of the best tools one can get for an iPad. It will help the person to make the most of the slate by allowing them to sketch, doodle, annotate as well as handwriting. The Apple Pencil and the Apple Pencil 2, was released in the year 2015 and 2018 respectively. Those tools let the user replace their finger with a slender and accurate stylus which works wonders for creative people as for everyday use. Whether you have one or plan to buy it, here is a complete guide on how to use the Apple Pencil. But first, let's take a look at how much the Apple Pencil costs.

Price and Availability

The Apple Pencil is priced at around $99 / £89 / AU$145, while the Apple Pencil 2 is slightly priced higher at $129 / £119 / AU$199.

Apple Pencil vs. Apple Pencil 2

For people with 2018-model iPad Pro 11 or iPad Pro 12.9, they should go for the Apple Pencil 2, but the original pencil is more compatible with older iPad Pro models as well as the newer iPads.

The Apple Pencil and the Apple Pencil 2 have fewer differences between them. While the Apple Pencil 2 snaps to the side of the iPad magnetically and can be charged wirelessly; the Apple Pencil charges when plugged in. This makes the Apple Pencil 2 much convenient and easier to use.

The Apple Pencil 2 also has a double-tap function, so in certain apps, users can press the lower portion of the pencil twice to switch back to the previous tool that was in use. The double-tap feature can also be used to view the color palette or activate the eraser.

How to connect an Apple Pencil

An Apple Pencil can be easily connected to the iPad or the slate, as the device automatically will do most of the work. Firstly, turn on the Bluetooth on the iPad. For the original Apple Pencil, the user should remove the cap to reveal the Lightning Connector and plug it into the Lightning Port on the iPad to initiate charging. For the Apple Pencil 2, one needs to connect the pencil to the magnetic strip on the iPad Pro. In case of the Apple Pencil 2, it will pair automatically, but for the original one need to tap a prompt first.

How to charge an Apple Pencil

After the Apple Pencil is paired, leave the tool plugged in for charging and if it is the Apple Pencil 2, then mount it on the magnetic strip for the charging. The original Apple Pencil also comes with an adapter that which can be connected to the iPad charger. Charging is pretty quick in both the Apple Pencil as well as the Apple Pencil2.

Things to keep in mind while using the Apple Pencil

  • If you are new to the Apple Pencil, there are a few things to keep in mind which would be of great help:
  • The Apple Pencil need not be pressed too hard on the screen. A light touch is all is needed, and the screen will also remain safe likewise.
  • If a person is using the original Apple Pencil, then charging can be precarious, as it needs to be stuck out from the iPad at a right angle, with just a small Lightning connector sticking in the iPad. As such, it is advisable to place the iPad flat down on a surface while charging, to avoid harming the Apple Pencil and breaking the connector.
  • A person using the Apple Pencil should know that it won’t work for all the functions and apps on the device. Swipe up from the bottom to load the recent apps, or from the top side to bring down the Control Center- functions as these will work only with the finger.