Apple has launched a fresh version of the Apple Pencil, priced at $79, aimed toward supporting user comfort and similarity with the latest USB-C iPads. This updated Apple Pencil is set to hit the market in November and improves the charging system by highlighting a secret USB-C charging port, eliminating the need to connect it to the iPad’s charging port.
Additionally, it doesn’t provide the pressure sensitivity feature present in the older $99 Apple Pencil. These omissions may make it a better fit for individuals primarily interested in note-taking and general iPad use rather than digital artistry.
The introduction of this new Apple Pencil aligns with Apple’s broader strategy of adopting USB-C as a universal charging standard. This shift follows last month’s announcement of the iPhone 15 lineup, which has made the transition to USB-C charging, replacing the Lightning port. This move is in accordance with European Union regulations aimed at creating a more standardized and environmentally friendly charging system, reducing electronic waste, and enhancing user convenience.