‘Steve’s Apple wouldn’t have seen this day’, is the talk that has been creating a fuss all over, just after the launch of Apple’s first stylus, the ‘Apple Pencil’.
Rightly as said by Steve, “Who wants a stylus? You have to get them, and put them away, and you loose them, yuch. Nobody wants a stylus, so let’s not use a stylus. We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. We’re going to use a pointing device that we’re all born with – we’re born with 10 of them – we’re going to use our fingers.” Of course, a finger is the best pointing device, but can it also serve as the best drawing tool? That too a precise one?
This is where the ‘pencil’ comes into the scene.
“Apple Pencil is designed to look and feel like a familiar tool, yet with its carefully engineered technology, working with our most advanced multi-touch display, it delivers something extraordinary – precision that actually gives you the ability to touch a single pixel”, said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer.
Apple pencil along with the new iPad Pro, is primarily targeted towards the artists and designers and is all set to create a revolution in their style of working.
The imperceptible latency is one of the features that makes Apple pencil distinctive among the other available creatives in the industry. The iPad Pro is intelligent enough to distinguish between the touch of Pencil and that of a finger. With 5.6 million Pixel Retina Display, it tops the iOS device list in the field of resolution. The battery time can be increased by slowing down the display as explained by Apple’s Phil Schiller, “For the first time in an Apple display, it has a variable refresh rate.”
Similar to that of a conventional pencil, the thickness of lines depends on the amount of pressure applied and the shading depends on the orientation or tilt of the pencil, while drawing. “Signals emitted from two locations in the tip calculate the angle and orientation to produce broad or shaded strokes”, said Ive. Its ability to be transformed into a fountain pen for a professional, a watercolor brush for a painter, a calligrapher’s nib for a calligrapher, etc. gives it edge over a conventional pencil.
The lightning connector safely enclosed underneath the magnetic cap of the pencil, allows charging by simply plugging it into the iPad Pro. To add cherry on the top, 15 seconds of plugging is just enough to another 30 minutes of life into pencil.
By: Kushal Jain