Before explaining how to use your Apple Pencil, it seems only right to provide you with some general information about the device in question as well as about its nature and how it works.
As I told you at the beginning of the article, Apple Pencil is the digital stylus produced and marketed by Apple itself and is compatible only and exclusively with its devices, to be precise with iPad Pro (all models) and with the6th generation iPad, taking advantage of connectivity Bluetooth.
It can be bought through Apple Store (both in the online and physical stores) for the price of 99,00 €, but is also sold in other electronics stores and in other online stores at a price generally in line with that in question, except for special discounts or promotions.
As for the design, it looks like a white glossy plastic cylinder and is the size of a real pen. On the one hand it has a tip in plastic material that can be unscrewed (for possible replacements in case of wear) and behind which there is an electrode, that is the key to the operation of the device. On the opposite side there is instead the Lightning connector, covered by a hood dedicated, which is used to pair the device with the iPad and to recharge.
As for the battery, it has one inside ions of Lithium which, according to Apple itself, is able to offer well 12 hours of use at full charge. Furthermore, according to the same manufacturer, 15 seconds of energy are enough to have 30 minutes of autonomy.
Pair the Apple Pencil with the iPad
Now that you have a clearer idea of the nature of your Apple-branded stylus, I would say that you are finally ready to take the first fundamental step to be able to start using it: pairing the Apple Pencil with your iPad. How you do it? Let's find out right away.
First of all, since as stated in the previous step, the Apple Pencil and the iPad "work" together via Bluetooth connection, you have to enable the latter on your tablet of the bitten apple.
To do this, grab the iPad, unlock it, access the home screen, press the icon of Settings (Quella with l 'gear) and step on the item Bluetooth on the left, in the new screen displayed. Then bring up ON the switch on the right side of the screen, in correspondence with the wording Bluetooth.
Alternatively, you can turn on Bluetooth via the Control Center of iOS. You can recall the latter by swiping from the bottom to the top of the screen and then pressing the button with the "B" crossed out which is in the appropriate section on the right.
Once this is done, grab your Apple Pencil, remove the hood placed on the top of the same and connect it to the Lightning connector on the iPad. Then when you see the warning appear on the iPad screen Bluetooth pairing required, pig sul sul bottone Match to confirm the pairing. Et voila!
Once pairing is complete, “physically” disconnect the Apple Pencil from your iPad and replace the cap on the end of the same.
Keep in mind, however, that once done, your Apple Pencil pairing will be maintained until you will restart your iPad, you will not activate the flight mode or you won't do a new pairing to another Apple tablet. When you need the Apple Pencil, you will only have to repeat the pairing proceeding as seen together above.
Use the Apple Pencil
Once you have completed the pairing procedure, you can finally start using your Apple Pencil in the true sense of the term. As I said in the previous lines, you can serve to carry out all those activities that you can normally perform with your fingers on the tablet screen but which with the use of a stylus are much simpler and faster, such as writing, annotating and drawing.
You can use Apple Pencil to perform any operation you would normally have done with your fingers but only some apps on it App Store support all the features offered by the stylus, as in the case of those I have reported in my article dedicated to the subject.
For example, you can use it with the app Notes Apple itself to create handwritten annotations. You can do this by opening the app in question by pressing on its icon (the one with the block notes) on the home screen, by pressing the button located at the top right to create a new note (the one with the paper and the pencil) and then tapping on the circular symbol with pen which is at the bottom right.
Then select the drawing tools you want to use and the colors you prefer using the menu that appeared below and start writing and drawing on the iPad screen using Apple Pencil. You can also place your palm on the screen to be more comfortable, while using Apple Pencil it is not detected and therefore does not interfere with the functioning of the pen.
Also, since the Apple Pencil is able to detect the level of pressure being exerted on the screen, you can also tilt the stylus to blend the stroke and you can press harder to increase its thickness. Great, right?
However, I suggest you take a look at the playlist dedicated to the use of the iPad Pro and that of its stylus that the company of the bitten apple has created on the su YouTube, on its official channel. You can find many useful video indications that can help you further clarify your ideas on how to use the Apple Pencil.
Charge the Apple Pencil
By dint of using your Apple Pencil, the battery has run out and you would like to understand how to charge it? No problem, I can also explain this to you.
To do this, simply remove the hood present on the upper part of the pen, place theadapter attached to the sales package, connect the Lightning cable (always present in the Apple Pencil sales package) and finally connect the latter to a USB power supply (the original Apple one that you usually use to recharge the iPad is fine too) to be inserted in the electric socket or in one USB port Of computer.
Alternatively, you can recharge your Apple Pencil by connecting it directly to the iPad (which, of course, must be turned on to be able to use it in this way). To do this, always remove the hood present on Apple Pencil and connect the stylus to the Lightning connector of the tablet. That's all!
To check the charging progress, just take a look at the Batteries widget on iPad, the one you can access by swiping from left to right on the Lock Screen or on the Home Screen.
For more details about the practices in question, you can refer to my tutorial focused specifically on the subject.
Replace the tip
Over time and especially with continuous use, the tip of Apple Pencil inevitably undergoes various wear and damage. However, this in no way means that you have to get rid of your Apple-branded stylus and buy a new one. Just replace the tip and that's it. But how is it done? I'll explain it to you right away.
All you need to do is grab your Apple Pencil and unscrew, in Counterclockwise, the tip that you find in the bottom part of the same.
Once this is done, replace it with the spare one that Apple has included in the sales package of the device, screwing it in clockwise.
If you can no longer find the sales package of your Apple Pencil, the replacement tip or if you have already used the "spare" one, you can buy new ones directly through the Apple Store (both online and physical) at the price of 25,00 € or in other electronics stores (always both online and physical).
In case of problems or doubts
Despite having followed my instructions on how the Apple Pencil works, is there something that is not very clear to you yet? Did any problems arise during construction and you don't know how to deal with it? I can give you some useful tips even in that case.
Considering your difficulties, the best suggestion I can give you is to get in direct contact with the Apple customer service, in such a way as to ask for clarification in this regard directly to the famous company.
Based on your needs and preferences as well as the means in your possession, you can be able to do this through one of the systems that I have indicated to you right below. Choose freely what you think can do the most for you, they are all very valid.
- Means phone - Call the toll-free number 800 915 904 from mobile or landline and follow the instructions of the recorded voice. The call is free and the number is active from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 19:45.
- Via the Web - Connect to the dedicated page for online support located on the Apple website, click on theiPad icon (since the Apple Pencil is an accessory for the Apple tablet) and follow the wizard that is proposed to you to indicate the type of problem you are experiencing and to get the help you need.
- Via Apple Support app - Download the Apple Support app on your iPad or other iOS device you own, launch it, connect to your Apple account, select the your iPad (since the Apple Pencil is an accessory for the Apple tablet) from the list of devices you want to get support for and you will see a list with numerous items. Press on the one you are interested in and follow the relative instructions.
- Via Twitter - Forward a tweet or private message to the account @AppleSupport indicating the problems encountered. You will soon receive a response from Apple.
- Through the Apple Store - Go to an Apple Store in person and ask the staff for help. To find the Apple Store closest to your area, you can refer to the complete list on the specific Internet page.
If you need more information on how to get in touch with Apple, please refer to my guide focused on the topic through which I have proceeded to talk to you about the matter in great detail.How to use Apple Pencil