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How to get the latest USB-C Apple Pencil firmware update


Apple Pencil (USB-C) firmware update
Yes, you might need to think about updating the software on your Apple Pencil.
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Just about everything electronic requires firmware — Apple’s iPad stylus is no exception. With software comes updates, and there’s new one for the recently released version of the Apple Pencil with a USB-C port.

Here’s how to check what firmware version your Apple Pencil is currently running, and a suggestion on how to get the new update.

Today in Apple history: iPad Pro makes its big debut


iPad Pro
The iPad Pro was a big step forward for the iPad.
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November 11: Today in Apple history: iPad Pro debutsNovember 11, 2015: Apple’s first iPad Pro goes on sale after months of speculation about the giant-size tablet. With its much larger screen, professional-oriented targeting and dreaded (optional) stylus, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro represents Apple CEO Tim Cook’s cleanest break yet from Steve Jobs’ vision for iOS devices.

And it turned out all the better for it!

New USB-C Apple Pencil is lower in price but not usability [Review] ★★★★


Apple Pencil (USB-C)★★★★
The first budget Apple Pencil is the iPad stylus students and businesspeople have been looking for.
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The just-launched Apple Pencil includes USB-C charging, making it easy to use with the budget iPad. While top quality, the new model doesn’t have all the features of Apple Pencil 2 but costs $50 less.

I tested the stylus with my iPad and found reasons to like it even more than the premium version.

Affordable new Apple Pencil with USB-C goes on sale


You'll have to charge the inexpensive new Apple Pencil via USB-C cable.
You'll have to charge the inexpensive new Apple Pencil via USB-C cable.
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Apple put its new budget Apple Pencil with USB-C connectivity on sale Wednesday for all your sketching and note-taking needs. Just $79, it’s now available in 33 countries, including the United States.

That price saves you $50 compared to Apple Pencil 2, but it also buys you fewer features.

Get ready to grab the first budget Apple Pencil


Apple Pencil (USB-C) with iPad
Apple Pencil (USB-C) with iPad is the lowest-cost stylus made by Apple.
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Apple just took the wraps off a lower-price version of its iPad stylus. The new Apple Pencil uses a USB-C port for charging so it’s a better fit for use with the budget iPad.

“Apple Pencil has revolutionized note taking, sketching, and illustrating, unleashing endless possibilities for productivity and creativity,” said Bob Borchers, Apple VP of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Combined with the versatility of iPad, the new Apple Pencil unlocks another great option to experience the magic of digital handwriting, annotation, marking up documents, and more.”

The new version is $50 less than Apple Pencil 2, the premium model. But it lacks some of the features of the top-of-the-line version.

Ends tonight: Get a solid iPad stylus at half the price of Apple Pencil


With palm sensitivity, you can rest your palm while drawing or writing.
With palm sensitivity, you can rest your palm while drawing or writing.
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If you’re the proud owner of an iPad, you should get yourself a stylus that will help you write and draw well on the tablet. But Apple Pencil 2 might set you back up to its list price of $129. So how about something just about as good for under half the price? Enter SwitchEasy’s EasyPencil Pro.

Check out the SwitchEasy Flash Sale in the Cult of Mac Store to get 20% off two versions of the stylus plus extra tips for different writing-and-drawing uses. The sale runs through 11:59 p.m. Pacific on June 22.

Apple shows how it empowers small-business success


With National Small Business Week upon us, Apple celebrates how it helps entrepreneurs.
With National Small Business Week upon us, Apple celebrates how it helps entrepreneurs.
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With National Small Business Week starting Sunday, Apple profiled three small businesses Wednesday, describing how they harness Apple products to grow.

In addition, the company will feature “Grow Your Business with Apple” Today at Apple sessions next week in select U.S. cities.

You won’t find a better time to buy Apple Pencil 2


Get Apple Pencil 2 at well below the usual price. If you hurry.
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Digital artists, or those who would like to be, can pick up an Apple Pencil 2 for a whopping $40 off the usual price. That’s a 31% discount.

I use this stylus with my iPad all the time, and there’s no better tool for painting on your tablet. It’s also great for taking notes and sketching out ideas.

Future Apple Pencil may include built-in color sensors


Future Apple Pencil may include built-in color sensors
Apple patented a stylus that can be used to easily match any color.
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Someday, you might be able to pull a color out of the real world just by touching your Apple Pencil to it. Apple patented a version of its iPad stylus with color sensors in the tip.

The device would be a real boon to artists who paint on an iPad.