Apple Pencil USB-C provides a cheaper option for iPad users

Smaller and with a USB-C port, the new Pencil is designed for your everyday note taker

Apple Pencil USB-C
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The Apple Pencil USB-C is Apple's third stylus for the iPad and will work with all models that feature a USB-C port. That means the entire current range, plus the 4th gen iPad Air, 3rd, 4th and 5th gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and every 11-inch iPad Pro. 

This is not a replacement for the advanced 2nd generation Apple Pencil, however, nor does it replace the original 1st gen version. This is a stripped down alternative, costing just £79 / $79. 

Of course, with the cheaper price comes fewer features – there's no double tap function, pressure sensitivity or wireless charging on the new Pencil. But, it still offers tilt sensitivity, supports the hover function and has a magnetic connection to attach to the top of the iPad.

To charge the device, you pull back the top of the Pencil to reveal the new USB-C port and plug it in – either to the iPad or wall socket. 

Apple Pencil USB-C

(Image credit: Apple)

While the Apple Pencil second generation remains the choice for creative professionals, the Pencil USB-C is designed for the more casual iPad user.

It's ideal for making notes, marking up images, filling in forms and even for colouring – something that has become a popular iPad use.

While we might have been hoping for a new iPad or two today, this new Pencil does bring down the cost for those wanting to get creative with their existing iPads. I hope it means the new versions of the iPad and iPad mini aren't far behind, as it would be great to see these options before Christmas. 

Mat Gallagher

As T3's Editor-in-Chief, Mat Gallagher has his finger on the pulse for the latest advances in technology. He has written about technology since 2003 and after stints in Beijing, Hong Kong and Chicago is now based in the UK. He’s a true lover of gadgets, but especially anything that involves cameras, Apple, electric cars, musical instruments or travel.