Apple s iPad Pro went on sale in select countries earlier this month, and much is being said about the tablet, as well as the Apple Pencil. While nearly everyone who bought it is impressed with the Pencil, there are those who are still surprised with Apple s decision to launch a stylus. In an interview with Wallpaper.com and The Telegraph Apple s design guru Jony Ive lays out his thoughts and inspiration behind the Pencil. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
If you are wondering why Apple named its stylus Pencil, you aren t the only one. Ive says that there is a perfectly good reason, and it is that a stylus sounds like a technology product, while a pencil is very analogue in comparison. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
I like the name Pencil much more than stylus because stylus seems a product that s about technology. Pencil, to me, seems very analogue in its association. For some people it will be a graphic instrument and to others it will be a fountain pen.
Apple is also very clear in how it is marketing the Pencil, and it is not replacing users fingers as an input device for the iPad Pro. Ive says that the finger continues to be a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system . Both have different roles and different set of goals as far as functionality is concerned.
I think there s a potential to confuse the role of the Pencil with the role of your finger in iOS, and I actually think it s very clear the Pencil is for making marks, and the finger is a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system.
Sticking with the Pencil s functionality, Ive says he and his design team are leading the way in how they have migrated from sketch books and pencils to the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro. He also says that in doing so they have discovered things that you could never dream of doing in the analogue world .
Many of us in the design team have worked together for 20 plus years. We ve always drawn in our sketchbooks, and for the first time despite flirting with some alternatives a couple of years ago I m seeing people starting to use the iPad and Apple Pencil.
Among the many aspects Ive talked about, he was particularly proud of the Pencil s design and how easy it was to charge it by simply plugging it into the iPad Pro s Lightning port.
And one thing that I was excited about is the ease of charging. If you are in the middle of drawing something, you can easily just plug it into the iPad Pro and it recharges extremely fast.
As mentioned above, the iPad Pro has gone on sale in select markets along with the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Reviews of Apple s large-screened iPad are largely positive, though the underlying thoughts are that the iPad Pro isn t a laptop replacement. Apple Pencil on its part received rave reviews, though some not surprisingly had an issue with the lack of storage space.