Apple Pencil Pro vs. the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation: A Detailed Features Comparison

Apple Pencil Pro vs. Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

Apple’s unveiling of the Apple Pencil Pro, together with the 2nd gen Apple Pencil, is likely to captivate the creative and professional communities. While both styluses have impressive features, the Pro version offers new capabilities that distinguish it. This article breaks down what the Apple Pencil Pro and the 2nd generation pencil have in common and dives into the cool new upgrades that make the Apple Pencil Pro stand out.

Designer: Apple

Common Features between Apple Pencil Pro vs. Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Apple Pencil Pro and Pencil 2nd Generation

Precision and Responsiveness:

Both the Apple Pencil Pro and the 2nd generation Apple Pencil offer pixel-perfect precision, making them ideal for writing, sketching, and drawing on an iPad. They’re designed to feel as natural and responsive as a traditional pencil on paper, thanks to their low latency.

Tilt Sensitivity:

Artists and designers will appreciate that both models support tilt sensitivity, which allows users to shade and create effects just like they would with a real pencil.

Magnetic Attachment and Wireless Charging:

Both pencils magnetically attach to the side of compatible iPads, which not only keeps them securely in place but also charges them wirelessly, ensuring they’re always ready when inspiration strikes.

Double-tap to Change Tools:

This convenient feature allows users to quickly switch between tools (like pencil to eraser) with a simple double-tap on the body of the pencil.

Free Engraving:

Adding a personal touch is possible with both models, but it’s worth noting as a nice extra perk for both the Pro and 2nd generation models.

Exclusive to Apple Pencil Pro

Apple Pencil Pro Features

Barrel Roll Control:

The Apple Pencil Pro introduces a gyroscope that allows users to change the orientation of the shaped pen and brush tools by simply rotating the barrel. This provides an added layer of control that mimics the experience of using traditional art tools.

Squeeze Interaction:

One of the more useful features of the Pro model is the ability to squeeze the pencil to quickly access different tools, line weights, and colors. This feature enhances workflow efficiency and is perfect for professionals who need quick changes during intensive creative sessions.

Haptic Feedback:

The Pro model is also equipped with a custom haptic engine that provides tactile feedback during use. This enhances user interaction by confirming actions like double-taps or squeezes with subtle vibrations.

Find My Integration:

Losing an Apple Pencil can be frustrating, especially for professionals who rely on it daily. The Apple Pencil Pro can be easily located through the Find My app, thanks to its built-in support for Apple’s location network.

The Apple Pencil Pro clearly pushes the boundaries of what digital styluses can do, catering especially to the needs of professionals and power users who may find these advanced features conducive to their workflows. Meanwhile, the 2nd generation Apple Pencil remains a powerful tool for everyday users and professionals alike, offering essential features without the bells and whistles of the Pro model. The choice between them depends largely on the user’s specific needs and compatibility of their iPad, with the Pro model offering cutting-edge enhancements for those who need the highest level of precision and versatility. Both the Pencil Pro and the Apple Pencil 2nd gen are priced at $129. The Apple Pencil Pro will be available starting May 15.

Here’s a breakdown of the compatibility and pricing for the Apple Pencil Pro and Pencil 2nd generation:

Apple Pencil Pro Compatibility:

  • iPad Pro 13-inch (M4)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (M4)
  • iPad Air 13-inch (M2)
  • iPad Air 11-inch (M2)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) Compatibility:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)