New iPads support cheaper Apple Pencil alternative

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Logitech Crayon
The Logitech Crayon was designed for the classroom, and now works with three iPad models.
Photo: Logitech

A highlight of the newly announced iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5 is support for the original Apple Pencil. But these new tablets can also be used with the Logitech Crayon.

This has a lower price than Apple’s stylus, and costs even less when bought by schools.

Logitech Crayon and two new iPads

Until now, one of the drawbacks of the Crayon was it only supported one device: the sixth-generation iPad that also debuted last spring. But that’s about to change.

The product’s description for the Apple Store was updated this morning to read “Logitech Crayon is a versatile, pixel-precise digital pencil for iPad Air, iPad (6th Generation), and iPad mini.”

Logitech Crayon vs. Apple Pencil

The Crayon doesn’t offer all the features of the Apple Pencil. It includes tilt detection but not pressure sensitivity. Lines can be made thicker or thinner by angling the stylus, though. Read our Logitech Crayon Review to see how this plays out in the real world.

On the other side of the coin, the Crayon resists tampering: Logitech designed it for kids, and it can’t easily be disassembled by bored students. That’s not true for the Pencil.

The original Apple Pencil — the only version supported by the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5 — costs $99. The Logitech Crayon is $69.95, but that price changes to $49.99 when purchased through Apple’s Education channel.