Apple Pencil USB-C review: new "affordable" option makes sense for most people

The new Apple Pencil USB-C lacks pressure sensitivity, but does it really matter?

Apple Pencil USB-C on a white Magic Keyboard
(Image: © Future)

Our Verdict

The Apple Pencil USB-C ticks a lot of boxes. It's pleasant to hold, great for note-taking and it attaches magnetically to the top of the iPad. Some small niggles will bother some – such as the charging and the lack of included cable. The lack of pressure sensitivity may also be a dealbreaker for artists, but others might find it doesn't make much difference to their workflow. Overall, the Apple Pencil USB-C is a solid offering from Apple, and its price is certainly more palatable than other Apple Pencils.

For

  • Attaches to iPad
  • Tilt sensitivity
  • Nice to hold

Against

  • No pressure sensitivity
  • No cable included
  • Awkward charging

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The Apple Pencil USB-C is the latest stylus from Apple, released in November 2023. It is the cheapest Apple Pencil available, costing $79, and is aimed at those who want a budget option and aren't fussed about features such as magnetic charging and pressure sensitivity. 

The Apple Pencil USB-C isn't exactly cheap, but it seems more so compared to the other options – the Apple Pencil 1, which costs $99, and the Apple Pencil 2 priced at $129. 

The Verdict
4

out of 10

Apple Pencil (USB-C)

The Apple Pencil USB-C ticks a lot of boxes. It's pleasant to hold, great for note-taking and it attaches magnetically to the top of the iPad. Some small niggles will bother some – such as the charging and the lack of included cable. The lack of pressure sensitivity may also be a dealbreaker for artists, but others might find it doesn't make much difference to their workflow. Overall, the Apple Pencil USB-C is a solid offering from Apple, and its price is certainly more palatable than other Apple Pencils.

Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.