The name "Surface Pressure" seems a little misleading. Unless I'm mistaken, it doesn't have any pressure sensitivity. It uses the angle of the stylus to determine the width of the stroke.
Still a nice feature, just confusing name.
I think it uses variable touch sizing, an API released with iOS8 that hadn't been available before. Clever.
Yeah. It's not pressure at all. But tip width sensitivity.
Maybe I'm missing something but why would anyone pay $75 for a stylus that has a huge tip and no pressure sensitivity when there are styluses for the same price that have tips the same size as a pen or pressure sensitivity.
Exactly this. My thought when seeing the video was "it can't do this already?"
For one, the size of the tip doesn't affect the size of your brush in any app -- FiftyThree does this by communicating back to the app with bluetooth. So, that doesn't really affect anything.
But, to your main point, there are plenty of styli that will work just as well as a general purpose stylus. The Pencil is great if you spend a lot of your time in the Paper app, which I do. There's also just something about the feel of it that is so much nicer than generic round stylus and I've gone through plenty of those.
"You should use it. It works like magic."
In my experience from testing most of the more advanced stylus options the Pencil has had the best palm rejection (within it's app). Pressure sensitivity means nothing if you are constantly making marks on your work. That's why I like it.
Buy $2 pair of gloves.
Cut out everything but the part that covers the pinky.
Best palm rejection you're ever going to get.
Still feels like drawing with a sausage.
All I needed to know.
Out of curiosity, does anyone actually use an iPad/Surface/Android equivalent as their primary graphic tablet?
A real graphics tablet has too many key features to be replaced by a general touch screen + stylus. It's good for sketching, but you can't do anything precise.
In my opinion Pencil is currently the most accessible stylus. It really feels like an art tool. Most other styluses feel like a pen with a rubber tip. Pencil does feel like a drafting pencil, and has that grab and go feel. Hard to explain. It definitely does not feel like a sausage.
Looking forward to this update. My Pencil doesn't really register the difference between the drawing end and the eraser end. Really frustrating.
finally.. I really like the idea of an Stylus for drawing on the iPad, it just doesn't feel right as of now..