Apple Unveils New iPad Pen – The Apple Pencil (USB-C) – Launch In November For $79

Apple didn't announce any new iPads today but they did announce a new stylus pen for iPads.

The new Apple Pencil is still called Apple Pencil, though to distinguish it, the full name is Apple Pencil (USB-C).

And as the name indicates, the Apple Pencil (USB-C) does not support wireless charging like the other Apple Pencils, and we'll have to charge it via the USB-C cable instead.

But the pen is still magnetic though, so it can attach to the side of an iPad, in which case it will go into sleep mode to preserve the battery.

Apple says that the point behind it was to create a more affordable Apple Pencil. It will launch for $79 in November, so it's not like it's super cheap.

Apple Pencil (USB-C) iPad Compatibility

It will be compatible with the iPads seen in the list, and when used the latest iPad Pros with the M2 processor, it will support Apple Pencil hover too, but not for the other iPads at the moment.

In fact, compared to the Apple Pencil 2nd generation, it actually lacks some features, such as pressure sensitivity, wireless charging and pairing, double-tap, and it won't be eligible for engraving from Apple either.

Apple Pencil (USB-C) connects through Bluetooth, is 155mm long, has a diameter of 7.5mm, and weighs 20.5 grams. The USB-C charging port is covered by a slider on the top of the pen.

It may be cheaper, but with popular iPad pens going for just $15, I'm not sure how many people will opt for the Apple Pencil (USB-C).

– Tom Bowen