If you’re planning on buying a pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus for your iPad, then you should probably hold off until October; that’s when Wacom puts its new Intuos Creative Stylus on sale.
If all goes according to historical precedent, the ICS will follow the Bamboo along with all of Wacom’s plain styluses as best-in-class.
The ICS connects to latest-gen iPad, plus iPad mini via Bluetooth 4, and offers 2048 levels of pressure, palm rejection (so you can rest your hand on the screen while writing and drawing), has a programmable side-button on the barrel and runs for up to 150 hours on an AAAA battery. The aluminum tube will come in blue or black. Given Wacom’s history, I fully expect this to finally make pressure-sensitive styluses viable on the iPad.
But this will be for nothing if the software support isn’t there: because there is no system-wide method for pressure-sensitive pens to communicate with iOS, apps need to build in support individually. No matter; this is Wacom after all, so the big names are already on board: Procreate, all of Autodesk’s Sketchbook apps, Inkist, ArtStudio, Artrage, Flipink and of course Wacom’s own Bamboo Paper, with more to come.
The price? A competitive $100. And you have a couple of months to save up.