Last week, Apple has launched Pencil, an elegant stylus that is set to go alongside its 12,9 inch iPad Pro, which is Apple state of the art tablet.
But while the gorgeous stylus is a tremendous iPad Pro accessory, the controversial Apple Pencil is dividing the internet, because people cannot seem to forget how Steve Jobs said that Apple products would be stylus free.
Jobs actually gave quite the anti-stylus speech at the launch of the original iPhone. He said “Who wants a stylus? You have to get em’, put em’ away. You lose them. Yuck.”. And thus, all of the many following iPhone models came stylus free and the tech company has never revisited the concept until now, when it came up with Pencil.
The internet has boomed about how Pencil is just another pompous overpriced Apple accessory and how the company has even gone past Steve Jobs’ wishes to make money. Even furniture and home decorations giant Ikea (the Singapore division) posted a spoof picture on their official Facebook page, mocking the Apple Pencil.
The picture imitates the Apple Pencil ad, but the stylus is replaced by the famous Ikea pencil, which the company provides to its customers for free in its stores. The picture also includes the message “Absolutely familiar. Entirely free.”.
The first part is intended to mock how Apple bragged about creating a stylus that has a familiar feel in hand on the user and the second part slams Apple on putting a $99 price on the Pencil, which is quite a lot for a stylus.
Furthermore, there are countless Pencil memes going rampant on social media, but very few of the people who are badmouthing Pencil have actually tried it.
However, it seems that seems that those who have tried it are quickly changing their opinions about the Apple Pencil. While starting out from the hypothesis that Pencil truly is just another overpriced accessory that Apple is trying to get customers to buy, it seems that the accessory makes absolute sense when used alongside the iPad Pro.
“Precision that actually gives you the ability to touch a single pixel” says Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer in the presentation video for Pencil.
It seems that Pencil is so sensitive to pixel rate that it can provide the user with an amazing experience, as it can truly be that upgraded version of the pen on paper feeling.
And there is one feature that the Pencil absolutely shines in; that is drawing, because the user can control the weight that it puts onto the tablet screen with the stylus, which translates into the marks left by the Pencil, that can be just as thin or thick as the user chooses, which is essentially an upgraded version of the classic pen on paper experience.
As for Steve Jobs’ views on styli, it is crucial to remember that the original iPhone, which he found incompatible with a stylus, was only 3,5 inches wide. Moreover, the technology of the touchscreen was exponentially less evolved on the first iPhone than it is now on the 12,9 inch-wide iPad Pro. Therefore, what a stylus can do today on an iPad Pro is immensely more complex than what a simple stylus could do on the iPhone.
This is precisely why the company chose to go ahead and launch Pencil in the first place, as even Steve Jobs would have definitely been sold on the concept if given the chance to see it.
It remains to be seen how much longer will the Internet’s hatred for the Apple Pencil continue to flow, but taking into account just how well the accessory goes with the iPad Pro, there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Pencil.
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