1st Generation Apple Pencil Questions - What features would you want in the next Apple Pencil?


We are in our 3rd full year of deployment of about 1000 iPads, Logitech Rugged 3 cases, and 1st generation Apple Pencils, and in K4-3rd grades, we use Logitech Crayons.

We love the Apple Pencil and feel it's essential to the success of iLearn@OCS program. However, the 1st Generation Apple Pencil just turned 7 years old a couple of weeks ago. We are a year and a half away from a "refresh" and we are concerned about what the next "generation" pencil will look like with iPad version 11 in about 2 years. (At least we hope there will be a new one.)

  1. Will there still be an available "plug" on the end of the pencil? (I would assume USB-C in 2 years) so the pencil can charge on the fly without a charging system. The 2nd generation pencil is nice, but the magnetic charging option is not a viable solution for students with rugged cases.
  2. Will the pencil have "AirTag" capability built in? Currently, all the guts in the 1st generation pencils could make the pencil an extra AirTag device...but our biggest issue is students unable to locate their lost Apple Pencils that they drop or misplace. We need a way to find them.
  3. Will the price go down? We have been paying the same price ~$89 for about 5 years now for 7-year-old technology.
  4. Will the battery last longer than the day? The Logitech Crayon has figured out how to make their devices last about 2 weeks in a classroom. Can Apple find a similar solution?

I would love to know what others would want in an Apple Pencil designed for education.

Posted on December 02, 2022 in response to Eggs

Some valuable considerations here, Matt! I'll be interested to see what kind of answers you get in the comments.

Posted on June 16, 2023 in response to JessicaH-W

Jessica, I'm still waiting for any Apple Product people to comment on this... #crickets

Posted on January 16, 2023 in response to Eggs

I would love the eraser to be on the opposite end of the tip, like a traditional pencil. A lot of times I’m working and need to erase, it would be cool to flip the pencil and erase.

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