In addition to the new iPad Pro ($ 559 on Amazon) a new Apple Pencil was also announced. The new Apple Pencil has a matte finish and a flat edge that breaks up the otherwise cylindrical device.
In addition to a new look, the new Pencil also offers a touch-sensitive area, which developers can certainly be creative with. Here are six tips to help you make the most of the new Apple Pencil with the new iPad Pro.
The new Apple Pencil only works with the new iPad Pro models. These are the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models with Face ID. Considering that the new Apple Pencil relies on wireless charging, the iPad Pro is integrated for power.
It's also worth noting that the first generation Apple Pencil on the new iPad Pro does not work.
Pairing Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro is a breeze. Simply place the stylus on the charging pad, which is on the same side as the volume buttons (a different color than the case). Magnets in the iPad Pro and Pen hold the pin in position.
An animation ($ 380 on Amazon) appears on the iPad, indicating that an Apple Pencil is attached and asked if you want to connect the stylus to the tablet.
The Apple Pencil is charged via the magnetic wireless charger. Put the pencil on the bath, let the magnets grab and charge up. A handy hint will show you the current percentage of the pencil so you can track the progress.
The lower part of the new Apple Pencil is touch-sensitive, meaning you can tap it twice to trigger an action within an app.
Apple's Notes app uses the new Double Tap feature of the box to switch between the currently selected tool and the eraser. All you have to do is tap the pen twice, change mode, and then twice to switch back.
This feature is available to third-party developers, but requires some work by the developer to help them decide which options will be made available to the user. Currently, Procreate has already released an update with support for "Apple Pencil Double Tip". You must enable it under Actions> Gesture Control.
Keep an eye on the update notes in your favorite app, which indicate support for the new feature.
Capture a note on the lock screen
This is not new feature, but with the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro you can make a quick note in the Notes app by tapping the stylus on the iPad when he is locked. The note is saved in the Notes app, where you can access it and export it to another app.
After pairing an Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro, the Settings app receives the Apple Pencil option. Here you need to change the behavior of the stylus in the Notes app.