Which is the best stylus accessory for iPad Pro?

Designers are overjoyed to find stylus support from Apple in the new iPad Pro. But is Apple's Pencil the best stylus to get for your iPad? What edge does Apple have on other stylus options? We look at the best styluses for iPad Pro

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The Apple Pencil is the main choice

The Apple Pencil, unveiled alongside the iPad Pro, isn't just any stylus. It isn't just for tapping and pointing at things on the screen. It's a pressure-sensitive drawing and painting tool that works with supported apps such as Procreate or AutoCAD.

While we expect most iPad Pro owners to pick up the Apple Pencil, it isn't the only option on the market. There are other styluses on the market, and there's bound to be a raft of new models now that Apple is supporting the idea of a stylus.

We're looking forward to seeing what accessory makers come up with, but there are already some iPad styluses worth checking out, which we'll look at in this slideshow. Turn to the next slide to see what we recommend, and the pros and cons of each option.

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The Apple Pencil, unveiled alongside the iPad Pro, isn't just any stylus. It isn't just for tapping and pointing at things on the screen. It's a pressure-sensitive drawing and painting tool that works with supported apps such as Procreate or AutoCAD.

While we expect most iPad Pro owners to pick up the Apple Pencil, it isn't the only option on the market. There are other styluses on the market, and there's bound to be a raft of new models now that Apple is supporting the idea of a stylus.

We're looking forward to seeing what accessory makers come up with, but there are already some iPad styluses worth checking out, which we'll look at in this slideshow. Turn to the next slide to see what we recommend, and the pros and cons of each option.

 

The iPad Pro has connected sensors for the Apple Pencil

Sensors inside the iPad work together with the Apple Pencil to detect the pressure and angle, so it feels effortless to create lines of different thickness.

The touch subsystem of the iPad Pro has been engineered to work with both finger touch and the Apple Pencil. This is why you can use both the Apple Pencil and your fingers at the same time (and the Apple Pencil ignores your wrist). This subsystem gives the Apple Pencil an edge because it enables items like the ruler (demonstrated in the Notes app) to be moved while you draw.

You can also use the side of the Apple Pencil's tip to create shading effects, just as you would with a normal pencil.

 

FiftyThree Pencil: Stylus that offers closest experience to Apple Pencil

Despite looking completely different, the one stylus with the most in common with the Apple Pencil is the FiftyThree Pencil (it even shares the same name).

Like Apple Pencil, the FiftyThree Pencil enables you to measure surface pressure and draw with the side of the stylus. It also has palm rejection technology. Unlike the Apple Pencil, it has an eraser on the end. It works via Bluetooth, and you tap the screen to connect to the iPad.

The FiftyThree only works with compatible apps, but there are a good range - including the company's own highly acclaimed Paper software.

You can buy the FiftyThree Pencil from Amazon here.

 

Jot Pro: Best Apple Pencil alternative for precision editing

The Jot Pro is an interesting stylus and is known amongst graphic professionals for its incredible precision. One way it achieves this is via its interesting nib, which contains a Precision Disc. This clear circular piece of plastic creates an exact contact point.

It lacks a lot of other features, though, such as being able to draw on the side of the pencil. But if precision is your aim, this is the one to go for.

You can buy the Adonit Jot Pro from Amazon here.

 

Bamboo Fineline: Best Apple Pencil alternative for note-taking

The Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 is a high-quality Bluetooth pencil. It syncs via Bluetooth with the iPad and has a wide range of support.

Until the Apple Pencil came along, this was considered to be one of the best all-round options for anybody looking for a high-quality stylus for an iPad. It works with Bamboo Paper, Concepts and Good Notes, and is a high-quality option.

Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 is available to buy here.

 

Apple Pencil alternatives: Why the iPad's sensors give it an edge

These third-party rival stylus pencils have a unifying problem: the Apple Pencil is faster than other styluses because Apple makes both the hardware and the software. In practical terms, when you use an Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro the touch sensors scan twice as often.

This is why ink seems to flow from the Apple Pencil, rather than lag out from an inch behind it. It's also frustrating for rivals because they won't have access to this advanced speed.

Let's hope that Apple develops a system for rival stylus makers to integrate their unique ideas with the iPad Pro's hardware.

See more:

Everything you need to know about iOS 9 on the iPad

iPad Pro hands-on review

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