I do more creative work on an iPad using the Apple Pencil than by using any other creative technology these days. My career has seen me evolve from a small graphic tablet to a large Cintiq with a Pro Pen and onto the mighty Wacom Cintiqs. Then the uber portable iPad hit the market and developers gave us us powerful creative apps including Procreate, Clip Studio Paint, Nomad Sculpt, Lumafusion, Photoshop, and Premiere. And now we are about to see the flagship of digital sculpting apps, ZBrush, enter the space. 

Apple have kept developing their button-free Apple Pencil over the years and have created a drawing and sculpting experience that is unmatched for accuracy, latency, simplicity of design and portability. This new Pencil offering is the fourth Apple Pencil iteration and clearly, they didn’t want to make any significant aesthetic changes as for all intents and purposes, at first glance, the new one is the same as the old one. Literally. The changes come internally with new hardware and features that do indeed build on a very strong legacy. Let’s explore the new stuff and see if the upgrade is worth it.

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Compatibility: iPad Pro 13-inch(M4), iPad Pro 11-inch ,(M4), iPad Air 13-inch (M2) iPad Air 11-inch (M2)
System requirements: iPadOS 17.5 or later
Dimensions: Length: 166 mm (6.53 inches); Diameter: 8.9 mm (0.35 inches)
Weight: 19.15 grams (0.68 ounces)
Connection type: Bluetooth
Charging time: 25 mins
Battery life: Up to 10 hours on test
Charging type: Magnetically attached, paired and charged