If you have been looking to buy one of these best iPadsone of your thoughts has probably been a pencil – Apple Pencil is a popular pencil for your company’s tablets that lets you sketch, take notes and easily navigate around iPadOS.
Since it was first introduced Apple Pencil for iPads has gone through two different iterations – the original version was introduced in 2015 and the second generation model came in 2018, to work on newer iPads.
These two versions of the iPad pen have lived in cozy harmony and work for different types of iPad, but a change in the new iPad (2022) threatens to destroy all this.
Apple Pencil problem
Although it is a popular accessory, the original iPad is not without problems. In the first place, it charges in a bizarre way: you have to remove a lid from the end of it and plug it into the Lightning port on your iPad.
When you did this, you had to leave the pen connected to the tablet at a strange angle for quite some time, which means that there was a great risk of accidentally going into the extended pen and breaking the charging contact from the rest of it.
This is one of Apple’s design decisions that has been ruthlessly mocked, just like the wireless mouse with the connector on the bottom of the thing. No wonder Apple Pencil 2 was more popular, as it uses magnets to attach to the top of the iPad where it is charged wirelessly.
The advent of the Apple Pencil 2
Apple Pencil 2 has been adopted by more and more iPads, including the Pro, Air and 2021 Mini lines, over the years.
The reason for this is simple: Lightning ports are slowly dropping off iPads. Air line lost the port in 2020 while Mini did so in 2021. Now only the beginner models remain.
Without Lightning ports, the original Apple Pencil has no convenient way to charge; not if you are not willing to tinker with various adapters and dongles that Apple has sold before. The transition to USB-C has been accompanied by a design review for iPads, to facilitate the magnetic clip for charging the Apple Pencil 2.
And that’s where the problem lies.
A USB-C iPad (2022)
A new leak indicates that Apple’s iPad at beginner level 2022 can get a USB-C port instead of Lightning. This would make it the last iPad line to release Apple’s proprietary charging technology, even though iPhones still use it.
If this happened, the first generation Apple Pencil would be completely redundant. There would be no new iPads that could facilitate that, making it likely that Apple will pull back the older gadget.
Unlike iPhones, Apple does not sell previous generation iPads, so it would not need to keep the accessory to support different discs. No, there would be no reason for the company to make more of the seven-year-old knitting needle.
Sure, some third-party retailers would likely have stock of the original Apple Pencil, but if Apple fully embraced USB-C, the days of the pen would be numbered.
The future of Apple Pencil 3
Apple is no stranger to shutting down its technology. It does so virtually every year when new iterations of its annual products come out – and the original, awkward Apple Pencil eventually stopped.
And it’s time – the method of charging the pen is so stupid that it should never have passed the drawing board.
Still, as the first Apple Pencil ever, if the company were to retire, it would be big news.
If Apple only has one pen to do, we would like to see it look ahead and launch an Apple Pencil 3. The second generation stick has quite awkward controls and does not come with as many useful features as Samsung’s S Pen, and there are lots of things like Apple could do with it to improve.
As it looks, there are plenty of them Apple Pencil option which could steal the spotlight if Apple reduced its stylus presence.
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