On Tuesday, Apple introduced the Apple Pencil (2023) as a cost-effective alternative to its second-generation Apple Pencil. This new stylus has a matte finish and is equipped with a flat edge that enables it to attach magnetically to the side of the 10th-generation iPad, launched last year, as well as other iPad models featuring a USB Type-C port, such as the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini. It should be noted that it does not offer wireless charging or some of the advanced functionalities found in the pricier Apple Pencil (2nd generation).
The Apple Pencil (2023) is priced at Rs. 7,990 in India, with availability scheduled for early November. Students will have the option to purchase the new Apple Pencil (2023) at a discounted price of Rs. 6,990. This pricing makes the Apple Pencil (2023) a more budget-friendly choice compared to both the first-generation Apple Pencil, which is priced at Rs. 9,500 in India, and the second-generation Apple Pencil, which costs Rs. 11,900.
Users with an iPad (2022) or another model featuring a USB Type-C port will no longer require a USB Type-C to Apple Pencil adapter, which is necessary when using the first-generation Apple Pencil with iPad models supporting the modern USB connector.
In terms of specifications and features, the newly launched Apple Pencil is equipped with a USB Type-C port concealed beneath a sliding mechanism located at the top of the stylus. While it does possess a flat edge allowing it to magnetically attach to modern iPad models with flat sides, it does not support wireless charging like the Apple Pencil (2nd generation). To pair the Apple Pencil (2023), you will still need to use a cable.
Distinguishing it from the first-generation Apple Pencil, the new stylus offers support for the Apple Pencil hover mode, a feature found in the pricier second-generation Apple Pencil, but not in the earlier model. However, the Apple Pencil (2023) does not provide pressure sensitivity, a feature available on both the first and second-generation Apple Pencil models.