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Apple Pencil Review: Should You Buy This For Your iPad Pro?

By Sounak Mukhopadhyay , Mar 24, 2017 06:16 AM EDT

Apple announced the Pencil for the first time for the iPad Pro I, and it instantly became a hit. Many users believe that it is one of the best iPad accessories. Now that pre-release iOS 10.3 betas have come in, it is worth trying to find out if you should by the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro.

Steven Troughton-Smith has revealed that there will be a number of changes because of iOS 10.3 beta. According to the developer, he is "reasonably convinced" Apple might introduce new devices that will have with screen refresh rates higher than 60Hz. Apple is expected to release the iOS 10.3 anytime now. With its release, the tech giant is expected to have better Apple Pencil support for the new iPad Pro.

By increasing the refresh rate beyond 60 fps, the device will be less power efficient. However, it might allow a better response time while drawing and writing with the Apple Pencil. At this moment, the Apple Pencil has much bigger refresh capabilities than what the current iPad Pro can offer. It can handle a 240Hz refresh rate.

However, it is unlikely that Apple will introduce an iPad Pro with a 240Hz refresh rate. It will hugely affect the battery life and graphics processing. The good news is that even a device with a 60Hz refresh rate can provide a more responsive feel for the users. People can have a more pen-and-paper kind of experience with the Apple Pencil, Apple Insider reported.

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, as announced on Tuesday, does not have the Pencil support, as it does not have the dynamic display, unlike the iPad Pro. High-end iPad Pro models are expected to arrive in April. Rumors say that Apple is entirely redesigning the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil is an "incredible tool for art creation" because of its precision, the Business Insider reported. So, it should be worth having it with the new iPad Pro.

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