Charging Apple Pencil doesn’t play nice with car key fobs

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Are you drawn to draw with your new Apple Pencil 2?
Apple Pencil is great for many things. Playing nice with your key fob isn't one of them.
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Apple devices famously “just work.” There are occasional lapses, however.

According to an updated support document, Apple has revealed one slightly unusual (and annoying) interaction. Users who are charging the Apple Pencil 2 with their iPad Pro may run into issues unlocking their cars using a key fob.

As Apple notes, this is due to signal interference. Fortunately, it’s not something that’s likely to happen too often. The interference does not happen if your Apple Pencil is magnetically connected to the iPad but already fully charged. As Apple explains it:

“If you’re charging your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with your iPad Pro and your car’s keyless entry device (key fob) is nearby, signal interference might prevent you from unlocking your car with your key fob. If this happens, you can simply move your iPad Pro away from the key fob or remove your Apple Pencil from your iPad Pro and store it separately. When Apple Pencil is finished charging, any resulting signal interference will cease.”

Presumably playing nice with Apple Pencil will be one of the myriad exciting features of the Apple Car, whenever it arrives!

Via: iGeneration