Apple Pencil USB-C review

The Apple Pencil USB-C is an "affordable" option that will suit a range of iPad users.

Apple Pencil USB-C on desk
(Image: © Rosie Hilder)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Apple's latest Apple Pencil is a great entry level stylus for the iPad. It's pleasant to hold, and ideal for taking notes, and has enough features to satisfy most users. It lacks pressure sensitivity, which will be a deal-breaker for some artists, and charging and pairing it is also a bit awkward, as both rely on a cable that isn't included in the box (thanks, Apple!). If you don't mind these niggles, then this is a solid stylus, which is cheaper than Apple's other Pencils.


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    Pleasant to hold

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    Great for note-taking

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    Attaches to iPad


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    Awkward to charge/pair

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    No pressure sensitivity

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    Cable not included

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Apple's newest Pencil is marketed as the most affordable Apple stylus. And that is strictly true – it's the cheapest Apple Pencil available, though whether $79 is affordable will depend on your circumstances. 

Apple is aiming this new stylus for iPads at students or those with tighter budgets, who use their stylus for tasks like note-taking and don't necessarily need all the features of the Apple Pencil 1 or 2, like pressure sensitivity, for example.

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Length155mm / 6.10-inches
Diameter8.9mm / 0/34-inch
Weight20.5g / 0.71oz
ConnectionsBluetooth, USB-C
CompatibilityiPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen and higher), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen and higher), iPad Air (4th gen and higher), iPad (10th gen), iPad mini (6th gen)

The Apple Pencil 2 offers pressure sensitivity, free engraving, and supports Apple Pencil hover on the iPad Pro. This is the most expensive Apple Pencil you can buy and has all the features Apple offers.


Apple sells the Logitech Crayon on its website so it clearly endorses it. It costs less than even the cheapest Pencil and doesn't feature pressure sensitivity, but it does boast a fast connection and palm rejection. 

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie is Deputy Editor on Digital Camera World's sister site, Creative Bloq. Over the past decade, she's worked as Deputy Editor for Time Out Buenos Aires, as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life, and freelanced for the likes of Woman& In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site and writes about design, tech, art, and more.