Apple Pencil packs in the smallest logic board iFixit has ever seen

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

According to a teardown analysis of the Apple Pencil performed by iFixit, Apple’s optional Bluetooth stylus accessory for the iPad Pro packs in the smallest logic board that the repair firm has ever seen. Despite its minuscule appearance, Apple’s engineers had to fold it in half to fit inside the Pencil’s tiny enclosure.

As if that weren’t enough, the Apple Pencil is choke full of other radical technological solutions, said iFixit. Read More


Which has lower latency: Apple Pencil or Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 stylus?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2015

Microsoft’s fourth-generation Surface Pro offers stylus and keyboard cover accessories just like Apple’s newly released iPad Pro. Apple, of course, is adamant that the Pencil is the best stylus on the market because it has virtually no lag or delay.

The Apple Pencil takes full advantage of  iOS’s predictive touch technology, the iPad Pro’s special screen design and sensors in its tip that measure every nuanced stroke, angle and pressure.

After putting the device through its paces, El Mundo writer and photographer Angel Jimenez de Luis concludes that Apple’s stylus has a bit lower latency than Microsoft’s, and he posted a video showcasing tracking capabilities of both accessories. Read More


This particular Apple Pencil detail exemplifies what Apple is all about

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

Apple’s legendary attention to detail comes into full view yet again with the iPad Pro’s optional accessory, the Apple Pencil. As first discovered and shared by The Verge in its iPad Pro review, the Apple-branded stylus—which was designed exclusively for the new iPad—is weighted so it won’t roll away on a table top. In fact, it always stops rolling with the word ‘Pencil’ facing upward on its metal band, which is awesome. Read More


Good deal: Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for 23% off

By iDB Deals on Oct 30, 2015

Great tools inspire great ideas, and Pencil by FiftyThree is the most natural and evolved way to give life to your imagination on iPad and iPhone. Advanced technology meets beautiful design within a range of integrated tools, all contained in one remarkable bluetooth-connected gadget designed in the style of a carpenter’s pencil. Take 23% off today for a total of $44.99.

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil approved by FCC

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2015

With about two weeks left until the official launch of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved both devices, GforGames reported today.

Both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have received final approval yesterday, October 15, documents published by the FCC reveal. Read More


Apple introduces new Pencil stylus for iPad Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Following its announcement of the long-rumored iPad Pro, Apple introduced two new accessories for the 12.9-inch tablet. The first is the keyboard, which you can read about here, and the second is a stylus accessory that the company is calling the ‘Apple Pencil.’

Apple used a traditional Jony Ive-voiceover video to unveil the Pencil, with the newly-appointed Chief Design Officer saying “Apple Pencil is designed to look and feel like a familiar tool. Highly responsive sensors built into Pencil can sense pressure, tilt, and stroke.” Read More


New report outlines additional iPad Pro details on storage size, screen size, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 7, 2015

A new report, by well-sourced blogger Mark Gurman, has outlined additional information regarding the upcoming iPad Pro. Just two days from what will likely be the super-sized tablet’s first public appearance, details on its storage size, apps, and accessories are revealed in a new writeup on 9to5Mac. What storage size will the iPad Pro start at? How much might it cost? Will it include the long-rumored stylus accessory? Read More


KGI: iPad Pro with optional Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory entering production this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note issued to clients Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, that Apple’s 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ will be entering mass production in September or October of this year.

The device will feature an optional Apple-made stylus accessory, sold separately, with built-in Force Touch support. Read More


Apple patents stylus that scans objects in 3D and simulates textures via haptic feedback

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that Apple is working on an advanced stylus accessory for a rumored 12-inch ‘iPad Pro,’ an assumption based in no small part on patent applications Apple has filed for in years past.

The latest indication that the iPhone maker is indeed researching styli technology comes in the form of a new patent application published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which proposes an advanced texture-sensing stylus design with a built-in camera. Read More


iOS 9 introduces predictive touch technology that should be crucial for rumored Apple stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

Coincidentally or not, iOS 9 has introduced a trio of notable enhancements in the multi-touch department that could be viewed as laying the groundwork for a rumored Apple-branded stylus thought to arrive later this year alongside a larger twelve-something-inch ‘iPad Pro’ model.

As one of the WWDC 2015 session videos details, the Cocoa Touch framework in iOS 9 has gained brand new predictive touch capabilities. Not only that, but iOS 9 now has a drawing engine and features vastly improved multi-touch performance, a significant boon for apps that let you draw with your finger or a stylus. Read More


12.9″ iPad Pro rumored to feature stylus, NFC, Force Touch input, USB-C connector and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro is understood to include a number of interesting hardware features, including a Bluetooth stylus accessory, support for Force Touch input and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has ostensibly learned from a person familiar with Apple’s future product plans.

Dubbed by the press ‘iPad Pro,’ the device believed to be in the works should feature a larger 12.9-inch display, as rumored many times before. The timetable for release for this device is unknown at this point and AppleInsider is adamant that a number of changes are in tow to the iPad lineup. Read More


Astropad now works with FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Astropad, an awesome iPad application which turns your Apple tablet into a professional-grade graphics tablet for your Mac, now works with the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree.

A major update, Astropad 1.1 includes major accuracy and wavy line improvements for the Jot Touch Pixelpoint stylus, improved palm rejection for Adonit styluses, support for Adobe Ink (choose Adonit when pairing), new settings and built-in help. Read More


Good deal: Hand Stylus for just $15

By iDB Deals on Apr 7, 2015

Get rid of those messy fingerprints on your touchscreen and work with ultra precision with the Hand Stylus. Normally $25, you can get it for just $15 at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More


Microsoft announces low-cost $499 Surface 3

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Microsoft on Tuesday upped the ante in the tablet race by announcing a new version of its Surface tablet/laptop hybrid, the Surface 3. Matching the iPad Air’s starting price, the $499 device is being advertised as Microsoft’s lightest, thinnest and least expensive tablet yet.

This non-Pro, low-cost version of the Surface runs Intel’s new 1.6GHz quad-core Atom x7 chip (the highest performing Atom processor on the market) rather than an ARM-based processor, putting another nail in the Windows RT coffin.

The hybrid device has two gigabytes of RAM and sixty-four gigabytes of flash storage, runs full Windows 8.1, is upgradable to Windows 10 and offers an optional colorful keyboard at $129 for a $628 total before taxes. Read More


Adonit stylus maker launches Forge, visual thinking app for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Adonit, the maker of precision styluses for the iPad, released its first iOS application aimed at artists and creative professionals in a need of a digital storyboard to form their thoughts, draw sketches, express their ideas and more.

Available at no cost in the App Store, Forge for iPad works with your finger and fully supports the features of the company’s Jot Touch styluses, like pressure sensitivity, palm rejection and custom shortcuts. Read More


Martin Hajek imagines rumored iPad Pro stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Renowned 3D designer Martin Hajek recently published on his personal blog a batch of nice renderings representing his artistic take on Apple’s rumored creative stylus accessory.

Hajek’s creation “borrows the design language of the iPad Pro” and includes interesting such features as an Apple Watch like digital crown of sorts for additional operations, capacitive +/- slider for adjusting options and a glowing Apple logo. Read More


Revered analyst predicts a creative stylus accessory for rumored iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2015

The “If you see a stylus, they blew it” line that Steve Jobs famously used during the January 2007 iPhone introduction is about to get challenged in the post-Jobs era.

At least that’s what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo proposed in his newly published note to clients.

Long story short, the analyst predicted that a rumored ‘iPad Pro,’ expected in late-2015, will include an optional in-house built stylus accessory as a niche product aimed at creative professionals. Read More


FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus comes to an Apple Store near you

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

FiftyThree’s Pencil, a Bluetooth enabled stylus that pairs with the iPad and is activated by pressing on the Pencil icon in the Paper app, is now available at an Apple Store near you. The accessory ships in an all-new packaging created by their in-house designer Becky Brown. Read More


Adobe unveils Ink stylus, Slide ruler, Lightroom for iPhone and Mix iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Earlier today, Adobe made a flurry of product announcements and updates, starting with the official unveiling of two long-rumored accessories: the aluminum Ink stylus for iPads running iOS 7.0 or later and the Slide.

Billed as an Ink companion and “a category-defining digital ruler”, the Slide wirelessly connects to an iPad and has been designed for precision sketching of straight lines, perfect circles and balanced shapes.

In other Adobe news, the firm has launched Lightroom for iPhone, introduced brand new iPad apps – Mix, Sketch and Line – added major new features across the whole Creative Cloud desktop suite of apps and reshuffled the Creative Cloud tiers by adding a new Photography Plan.

Don’t worry, I’ve distilled the announcements to a couple easily digestible highlights so hit the jump to learn more… Read More


A quick look at Sensu Solo, the true brush head stylus

By Jim Gresham on Dec 21, 2013

Styli are not the coolest pieces of hardware on the market. In fact, when I think  “stylus,” nothing cool comes to mind. I never wanted a stylus for my iOS devices, but I used one in the past, circa 2004 on a Windows based device. Those were clearly the bad days of my gadget obsession.

Arguably making things much cooler and more useful, Sensu developed a brush-type stylus for artists and amateurs alike. Popularly known for brush head styli, the company attempts to deliver an authentic experience to the digital marketplace. The goal of their endeavor is to create a “spring and restiveness that feels like real painting” and I would argue, there is certain success with this product… Read More

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