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Snippet: Charging the Apple Pencil: Failed Design or Genius? ☇

Shared on June 26, 2017

Brian Renshaw:

Sure, it does look of ridiculous but when you are out in a coffee shop or in a meeting and you need to charge your Apple Pencil the last thing you want to do is pull out a charger plus a dongle to quick charge the device. Plus, when I leave the house to do some writing I just want to grab my iPad, which has an all day charge. I never need to think about bringing a charger with my iPad. I really don’t want to think about bringing a charger or even making sure my Apple Pencil is charged before I go out. The genius of the design is that I can insert the Apple Pencil in my iPad and charge it. A 5-minute charge always gives me plenty of juice for the rest of my session (actually a 15-second charge gives you 30 minutes!). At the very least, if I get up to go to the restroom or take a quick walk I can plug in the pencil and when I return it is good to go.

I don’t use my Apple Pencil nearly as much as I’d like, but any time that I do need a quick charge when I’m away from any wall charging mechanism, I’m reminded how good of an option using the iPad’s Lightning port can be. It may be a bit awkward, but there’s an often-overlooked convenience factor.

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