This year's Apple Pencil is as baffling as last year's iPad

Apple Pencil (USB-C) and iPad 10th generation
(Image credit: Apple/Future owns)

This time last year, Apple released a brand new, not-quite-entry-level 10th gen iPad to some bemusement online. Rather than replacing the 9th gen, it plugged a seemingly non-existent gap between that and the iPad Air – and only worked with the old, 1st generation Apple Pencil. Now history seems to be repeating itself, with Apple announcing a brand new 'budget' Apple Pencil that sits rather confusingly in the line up. 

The new Apple Pencil with USB-C, announced today, is being touted as a budget stylus, "bringing more value and choice to the line up". It's certainly cheaper than the other Pencils, at £79 – but with some glaring omissions from the feature set, I'm not entirely sure who it's for. (For the lowdown on the previous two models, check out our Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2 guide.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.