7 Reasons To Buy Apple Pencil

Last Updated on December 27, 2022 by Ernests Embutnieks

Apple Pencil is a stylus that is designed to be used with certain iPads. It allows you to write, draw, take notes, and navigate your device with better precision and accuracy than your fingers.

It’s an accessory that is highly popular among artists, designers, students, and note-takers.

If you’re reading this, it means you’re not 100% positive that you need one. Let’s talk about the most common use cases and reasons why people tend to buy Apple Pencils.

1. Drawing & Art

people buy ipad and apple pencil to draw and create art, such as tattoos

It offers a portable and convenient way to create digital art. With an iPad and Apple Pencil, artists can draw and paint wherever they are. They don’t need additional monitors or other accessories. There is a wide range of digital art tools and software which can provide features and capabilities that are not possible with traditional media, such as layers, multiple brush styles & sizes, and most importantly, it’s easy to share & collaborate on your art.

A lot of designers & tattoo artists tend to buy iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

2. Note Taking

people buy apple pencil so they could take handwritten notes on their ipad

There are many reasons why people might choose to take notes on an iPad. One of the main reasons is that it offers a convenient and portable way to record and organize information. People can quickly jot down notes, sketches, and diagrams wherever they are without having to carry around a notebook and pen. Additionally, taking notes on an iPad allows people to take advantage of a wide range of digital note-taking tools and apps, which can provide features and capabilities that are not possible if you are using pen and paper. This can include things like the ability to search and organize notes(command+f), add multimedia elements like audio recordings and images, and collaborate on notes with others in real time.

Many students buy this setup just to organize their notes. Highly popular among medical students.

3. Navigation (More precise than a finger)

You can also use Apple Pencil to navigate the screen. Tap, and swipe on the screen to select and interact with options just as you would with a finger. Some of the websites on iPad have desktop versions and the navigation buttons are just too small for fingers and Apple Pencil really comes in handy with those websites.

It’s important to mention it’s not meant to replace your fingers but just as a helpful accessory when needed.

4. PDF Markup

Collaborate with your colleagues and classmates on PDF files. Use Apple Pencil to do markups. Add notes, highlight text, leave comments and draw on PDF files.

After you leave your notes and comments, you can share the annotated file with others.

This comes in handy when you’re trying to agree on contracts. Ofen lawyers use this feature.

Note: not all PDF viewer apps will support Apple Pencil

5. Photo Editing

use your ipad pro and apple pencil to edit photos

Lightroom is one of the most popular iPad apps for photo editing. It offers a range of powerful tools to edit and enhance photos. With the Apple Pencil, you can use the precision and pressure-sensitive tip to make precise edits to your photos, such as adjusting exposure, white balance, and color.

Additionally, Lightroom offers specific features that are designed to be used with the Apple Pencil, such as the ability to use the Pencil as a brush for applying adjustments to specific areas of a photo. To use the Apple Pencil with Lightroom on your iPad, you will need to have the latest version of Lightroom installed, as well as a compatible iPad model that supports the Apple Pencil.

Often professional photographers buy iPad Pro just for photo editing. After the photoshoot, they upload their photos to the iPad and comfortably edit the photos from their couch or favorite chair.

The little things make the difference.

6. Collaboration Board(Whiteboard)

Collaborating with others is just part of being an adult. Screen sharing is very common in the corporate world. Sometimes it’s hard to explain something to your colleagues and it’s a lot easier to just show them.

Sometimes a simple drawing explains more than a thousand words.

You can use your iPad as a Whiteboard, while sharing it with others, draw, make notes, make strategies, etc. It can make the meeting more productive.

There’s a great App for this: ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

7. Play Games

There are tons of games. Almost none of them require an Apple Pencil. But there are some amazing drawing games. You don’t need to be an artist to play these games. You can play them with your friends and with strangers. You have to draw an object and the rest of the players have to guess what did you draw and vice versa. Quite fun.

I personally can recommend: Draw Something

You can also play crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other games that are more convenient with Apple Pencil.

Should You Buy Apple Pencil?

Apple Pencil can be a useful tool for creating digital art and taking notes with precision and accuracy. It offers features that paper and pen won’t. Whether or not you should buy it depends on your specific needs and preferences.

If you have decided that you need one, it’s a good idea to compare Apple Pencil 1 & Apple Pencil 2 side by side.

1st gen
Apple Pencil 1
2nd gen
Apple Pencil 2
Product
Design
Design
Circular
Flat
Length
Length
6.92-inches
6.53-inches
Diameter
Diameter
8.9 mm
8.9 mm
Weight
Weight
20.7g
20.7g
Magnetic Caps
Magnetic Caps
Unavailable
Available
Tip
Tip
Hard and durable
Hard and durable
Pressure Sensitivity
Pressure Sensitivity
High
High
Double Tap(Touch Sensitive)
Double Tap(Touch Sensitive)
Unavailable
Switching tools
Compatibility
Compatibility
iPad (10th generation) iPad (9th generation) iPad (8th generation), iPad Mini (5th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Mini (6th generation), iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation), and later.
Charging
Charging
USB
Magnetic
Pricing
Pricing
$99
$129

Make sure your iPad is compatible with Apple Pencil. Here’s an Apple Pencil compatibility list.

We also recommend getting a Paperlike screen protector. You don’t really need protection from scratches, because Apple Pencil won’t scratch your screen, but the Paperlike screen protector will make drawing, and note-taking just a lot more pleasant.

Best For Apple Pencil Support
iPad Pro (2022 Model)
9.9/10 Our Score

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I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.