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Apple Pencil 1st Gen — 3 Years Later

I lost the cap, almost immediatly.

About 3 years ago, I gave my old iPad Mini to my mom. That iPad mini, now almost 5 years old, is still working by the way. (read more about that here — Mom’s Best Friend). Then, I proceeded to buy the entry level 10 inch iPad. I was taking my first steps toward taking my Art/Photography/Creative hobby into a more serious stage.

I figured, I had some extra $150 to spend. This was pre-pandemic. I was loaded with cash those days. I placed an order for the Apple Pencil at the store desk. They delivered it to me a week later.

Now, 3 years later, it’s still working, and it is the definition of awesomeness, when it comes to stylus input.

Stylus That Just Works!

It has now been almost 5 years since I entered the Apple Hardware Software ecosystem. In India, there is the usual 50 % to 80 % import tax on all apple products, as with any imported tech product. So, an already expensive product, is even more expensive for all of us here in India.

As a person who was in deep poverty for the first 30 years of his life, I acknolwedge that Apple Products are extremely expensive and no one should buy it, especially in a poor country like India.

Yet, I persist with Apple Products because, every product from Apple is a business investment for me. This stylus is one more example of how well built, and how well supported, Apple products are are.

The Apple Pencil is so easy to use. It takes only a minute or less to get it charged. With a single charge, 3 years later, it still lasts many days of usage. I use it constantly with the Photoshop on iPad. Photoshop on iPad (and many similar apps) are built from the ground up to support Pencil. My estimation is, you are at least 30 to 40 percent more efficient with photo editing, equipped with the Pencil as against using your fingers.

Then, there is my full time job as a freelance coding tutor. My student clients love the handwritten notes, drawings and illustrations I do with the Pencil. I usually log in for my training zoom sessions on the Macbook or the Surface Pro. Then, anytime I have to explain a complex concept, I jump in with the iPad, Apple Pencil in my hand, it improves the quality of training like crazy.

Apple Pencil is also mighty handy when you want to point and draw things on the screen, in any situation. Then, of course, sketching.

Wow. Just wow.

Final Note

Once again, I am going to confess that unless you have money to burn you should not buy any Apple Product. The Apple Pencil, with its $150 price tag, is even more of a ‘dont buy it’ product.

But, for someone like me who is in the tutoring business and now getting into the art/generative art/photography business, and already invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple Pencil is extremely useful.

I work as a full time freelance coding tutor. Hire me at UpWork or Fiverr or Stack Overflow. My personal website is here. Find more of my art at Behance and Unsplash.

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