Apple Pencil’s Battery Gains 30 Minutes of Use From 15-Second Charge


When Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone at Macworld 2007, he famously dismissed the need for a stylus when introducing multi-touch on the device.

“Who wants a stylus? You have to get them, and put them away, and you lose them. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus. So let’s not use a stylus.”

On Wednesday, Apple ultimately reversed course and introduced the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, which it refers to as a creative tool for scribbling, sketching, annotating and editing. The Apple Pencil features a pointed tip with highly responsive sensors that allow for precise input down to a single pixel.

Apple engineered the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro display to work together to detect position, force, and tilt.

Apple Pencil has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge, but more interesting is its ability to gain 30 minutes of battery life from just 15 seconds of charging.


A magnetic cap hides a male Lightning connector that allows the Apple Pencil to be plugged into the iPad Pro to charge.

The Apple Pencil will be available in November for $99 alongside the new Smart Keyboard. While the Apple Pencil is officially compatible with the iPad Pro, it remains to be seen if it will work with older iPads as a traditional stylus.

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  • philnolan3d

    It needs a battery??

  • Crosseyedmofo

    yes thats how you can do pressure sensitive tasks without needing an active digitizer in the new ipad

  • iFone

    Apple hasn’t reversed any decision as a stylus was the primary input method before multitouch for smartphones besides physical buttons, and back then it sucked. Now what they did was complement multitouch for those who prefer to write and make sketches just like a Wacom tablet. It’s simple. That’s why you need to buy it separately and it is not included in the price because you don’t need it, as a primary input, to make the tablet work.