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Apple's new Pencil charges wirelessly

It also pairs automatically with your iPad.
Kris Holt
Kris Holt|@krisholt|October 30, 2018 11:02 AM

At its Mac event on Tuesday, Apple revealed a redesigned Pencil. It attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and can charge wirelessly, which is far better (at least aesthetically) than the old method of inserting it into the iPad's Lightning port. Tapping the screen with Pencil unlocks the iPad and launches the Notes app. Double tapping while you're in certain apps lets you switch to the tool or brush you need.

You can pair it with your iPad by simply moving it close to the tablet. Rumors had suggested that Apple would unveil an updated Pencil to accompany the new iPad Pro and that it would include AirPod-style proximity pairing.

Apple released the first Pencil in 2015 alongside the iPad Pro. The entry-level iPad that the company launched earlier this year included support for the tool, meaning that all the most recent models work with the peripheral.

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Apple's new Pencil charges wirelessly