Waiting for iPads? No launch today, but check out the newly unveiled affordable Apple Pencil

Apple has rolled out the new Apple Pencil today. Check price, availability, and more now.

| Updated on: Oct 17 2023, 20:59 IST
iPhone 15 Plus in Photos: Gets the Dynamic Island makeover
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1/5 The iPhone 15 Plus gets the same 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display as its predecessor, although the peak brightness has now been bumped up to a staggering 2000 nits, which is super useful especially outdoors. However, it still sticks with the 60Hz refresh rate. Therefore, the lack of ProMotion is a bummer. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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2/5 Finally! Apple has got rid of the notch and brought the Dynamic Island, which debuted with the iPhone 14 Pro models, to the iPhone 15 Plus. It is a nifty little feature that is useful when you’re streaming music, navigating routes, ordering food, or doing all of those things simultaneously. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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3/5 The shiny glass at the back is no more, and the iPhone 15 Plus now gets a new soft, matte finish which is less of a fingerprint magnet. While the smartphone’s design is almost identical to its predecessor, it now gets slightly rounded edges which makes it far more comfortable to hold for longer periods. And yes, the iconic mute switch is still here on the iPhone 15 Plus. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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4/5 Lightning is officially dead! After years of resisting peer pressure, Apple has finally adopted USB Type-C, complying with the EU’s new regulations. But we’re not complaining. Apple has provided a nice, braided cable with the iPhone 15 Plus, although the charging speed is still limited to 20W. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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5/5 One of the main changes this year is the camera system. After a couple of generations featuring the same 12MP camera, Apple has finally brought the 48MP camera to the iPhone 15 Plus, and the difference is instantly noticeable, with well-detailed images. With the new Smart HDR 5, photos are now well-balanced with good exposure. Stay tuned for some amazing snapshots in our full review which comes out soon! (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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The Apple Pencil is priced at just under Rs. 8000. (Apple)

After huge expectations were built up among fans by tipsters over the last few days about the launch of iPads, Apple ended up actually rolling out just the Apple Pencil. It is meant for the purpose of enhancing everyday productivity and creativity, including note-taking, sketching, annotating, journaling, and more. While it adds great value, among the most notable features of the Apple Pencil is that it works with all iPad models that have a USB-C port.

Get up close and personal with the Apple Pencil

The Pencil has a matte finish and a flat side that magnetically attaches to the iPad for storage. A sliding cap reveals a USB-C port, enabling users to use a USB-C cable to connect to the new Apple Pencil for pairing and charging. When magnetically attached to the iPad for storage, the new Apple Pencil enters into a sleep state to preserve battery life.

What the Apple Pencil works with

The new Apple Pencil works with iPadOS features like Scribble, Quick Note, and when collaborating with others in Freeform. When used with M2 models of iPad Pro, the new Apple Pencil supports hover, allowing users to sketch and illustrate with even greater precision.

The new Apple Pencil is ideal for iPad (10th generation) users and also works with all iPad models that have a USB-C port, including iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini.

The Apple Pencil is available separately for purchase and is priced at Rs. 7900. However, it will not be available immediately. Apple says that you can get it from early November.

The launch of the Apple Pencil comes within just weeks of the rollout of the iPhone 15 series (iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max) at the Apple Wanderlust event on September 12, 2023. Apple may well not be done for the year when it comes to launches as iPads and Macs may well still be on the agenda in the days or weeks to come.

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First Published Date: 17 Oct, 19:55 IST