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Desde los albores del iPad, Apple ha permanecido resuelto de que el iPad está destinado a ser disfrutado sin lápiz. Así que cuando el iPad Pro debutó con un accesorio de $ 99 que se debe tener en forma de lápiz, obviamente nos intrigó. ¿Qué hace que el Apple Pencil sea tan especial? Por lo que hemos escuchado, tiene algunas características ingeniosas, pero estamos más interesados en lo que está pasando dentro de ese brillante cilindro blanco. ¡Únete a nosotros como nos enteramos!

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  1. Apple ha sido muy estricta con los puntos más finos de este puntero, pero esto es lo que sabemos con certeza: Bluetooth 4.1 Escanea al doble de la tasa de entradas de dedo
    • Apple ha sido muy estricta con los puntos más finos de este puntero, pero esto es lo que sabemos con certeza:

    • Bluetooth 4.1

    • Escanea al doble de la tasa de entradas de dedo

    • Hasta 12 horas de duración de la batería.

    • 175 mm (L) x 8.9 mm (D)

    • Conector Lightning para carga

  2. Se ha hablado mucho sobre Pencil. Vamos a esbozar un par de comparaciones rápidas con otros estilos de estilo. Primero: el Microsoft Surface Pen (de un Surface Pro 4). Segundo: el "iPad Pencil" original de 53. Funciona específicamente con su aplicación Paper, y tiene muchas de las mismas características que el nuevo Apple Pencil.
    • Se ha hablado mucho sobre Pencil. Vamos a esbozar un par de comparaciones rápidas con otros estilos de estilo.

    • Primero: el Microsoft Surface Pen (de un Surface Pro 4).

    • Segundo: el "iPad Pencil" original de 53. Funciona específicamente con su aplicación Paper, y tiene muchas de las mismas características que el nuevo Apple Pencil.

    • Además, es muy fácil abrir y sacar la batería.

    • Doble también, tiene un borrador.

  3. Apple tuvo la amabilidad de incluir una sugerencia de repuesto, así como un adaptador Lightning-to-Lightning (una adición de último minuto) para evitar que los usuarios carguen precariamente sus lápices directamente desde sus iPad. La tapa del Lightning Connector encaja en su lugar con los imanes, pero esperamos que la mayoría de estos se pierdan el próximo mes. Al quitar la tapa, se descubre un nuevo número de modelo nunca visto: A1603. ¡Bienvenido al mundo, Lápiz!
    • Apple tuvo la amabilidad de incluir una sugerencia de repuesto, así como un adaptador Lightning-to-Lightning (una adición de último minuto) para evitar que los usuarios carguen precariamente sus lápices directamente desde sus iPad.

    • La tapa del Lightning Connector encaja en su lugar con los imanes, pero esperamos que la mayoría de estos se pierdan el próximo mes.

    • Al quitar la tapa, se descubre un nuevo número de modelo nunca visto: A1603. ¡Bienvenido al mundo, Lápiz!

  4. Tomando una colisión en el lápiz, comenzamos por el plumín, que sale silenciosamente con unos pocos giros rápidos. Una mirada al interior revela una pequeña broca de metal hundida profundamente en la punta, probablemente para acercarse lo más posible a la pantalla. Es probable que esto se conecte a uno de los dos emisores en la punta que permite al iPad Pro determinar el ángulo y la orientación del Lápiz en relación con la pantalla, y ajustar el trazo de la pluma en consecuencia.
    • Tomando una colisión en el lápiz, comenzamos por el plumín, que sale silenciosamente con unos pocos giros rápidos.

    • Una mirada al interior revela una pequeña broca de metal hundida profundamente en la punta, probablemente para acercarse lo más posible a la pantalla.

    • Es probable que esto se conecte a uno de los dos emisores en la punta que permite al iPad Pro determinar el ángulo y la orientación del Lápiz en relación con la pantalla, y ajustar el trazo de la pluma en consecuencia.

    • El digitalizador en un iPad Pro debe poder determinar la distancia de cada emisor a la pantalla y, a partir de eso, calcular el ángulo del lápiz en relación con el iPad.

    I had ordered a replacement tip and was wondering why it wasn’t working. It appears this metal bit inside the tip was missing upon close inspection

    Rick N - Contestar

  5. Estamos ansiosos por ver más de cerca el Lightning Connector del borrador, por lo que aumentamos el calor con nuestro confiable iOpener. Nota del autor: el hecho de que se hayan molestado en llamar a esto el Lápiz, y no el Lápiz / Lápiz, y luego no haya incluido un borrador es simplemente absurdo. Incluso después de una conversación cálida con nuestro iOpener, el ensamblaje del conector Lightning aún no quiere salir completamente de su caparazón, pero un tirón rápido lo libera del lápiz.
    • Estamos ansiosos por ver más de cerca el Lightning Connector del borrador, por lo que aumentamos el calor con nuestro confiable iOpener.

    • Nota del autor: el hecho de que se hayan molestado en llamar a esto el Lápiz, y no el Lápiz / Lápiz, y luego no haya incluido un borrador es simplemente absurdo.

    • Incluso después de una conversación cálida con nuestro iOpener, el ensamblaje del conector Lightning aún no quiere salir completamente de su caparazón, pero un tirón rápido lo libera del lápiz.

    • Pero a qué costo ... Definitivamente rompimos un cable flexible ...

    • Algo nos dice que esto no va a ser uno de esos derribos donde todo vuelve a estar unido al final.

    Did you find any adhesive holding the guts to the case? Could you simply have pushed the guts out through the top instead of cutting the case or does it look like they molded the case onto the guts?

    plink53 - Contestar

    You can see the adhesive residue around the metal inner case, looks like hot-melt glue or something very permanent.

    Tom Chai -

    Not all pencils have erasers. I still have a set of Swiss made artist pencils which do not have erasers. The programs the Apple Pencil will be used with all have digital erasers and undo capabilities. In my 40 years as an architect, I never used an eraser on the end of a pencil. I always used a separate eraser or an electric eraser. This is not a No. 2 pencil for 3rd grade. The author's comment is absurd and shows his or her lack of experience in using pencils in a professional setting. Sorry for venting, but I'm tired of people making this silly comment.

    johnleestjohn - Contestar

    I am an architect with 52 years of experience, and I have been using the pencils' erasers every time. IFixit is correct in pointing out this absurd omission by Apple

    Mark - Contestar

    the tip is much more precise than the cap end. to "add an eraser" to the other end, they'd end up with a tip at each end, which sounds pretty absurd to me. frankly it's easier to tap an onscreen control to switch to eraser tool than it is to flip the pencil around in your hand and back

    James Geiss - Contestar

    I would Love to not have to click more buttons to make a correction, plus some drawing techniques require a Lot of erasing, which is really annoying to have to operate software to switch between Every Single One of the thousand times in one session. I am an engineer, inventor, and occasionally artist, and at times I can spend All Day drawing. Now try to tell me that saving 10 seconds to switch functions times a thousand times in one day isn't a glorious feature to have! That's a couple hours of your life gone that day doing nothing but operating software while nothing happens. I don't care if it's inefficient from a product weight standpoint! I didn't get the pencil for how minimal it is; I got it to save me time because I'm an expert at fat-fingering touchscreen displays and this was the first way to bring precision to digital that I have with graphite or mouse. Two functional ends would be fantastic.

    Gene - Contestar

    I’m an artist, and I just checked my 67 color pencils. Not one of them had an eraser. I have a Pink Pearl, an artgum and a kneaded eraser, but none of them are connected to a pencil. However, I am not an architect, so I cannot speak to that profession’s need for a connected eraser.

    Tom Coleman - Contestar

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  7. Después de haber diseccionado a fondo las partes superior e inferior y no encontrar ningún punto de entrada obvio, lanzamos precaución al viento y rompemos las armas grandes. Cortar a través de la carcasa de plástico del Bic Apple Pencil revela un cartucho de tinta y una carcasa de metal. Y no hemos pinchado la batería ... todavía! Parece que nuestras habilidades de Operación finalmente están dando sus frutos.
    • Después de haber diseccionado a fondo las partes superior e inferior y no encontrar ningún punto de entrada obvio, lanzamos precaución al viento y rompemos las armas grandes.

    • Cortar a través de la carcasa de plástico del Bic Apple Pencil revela un cartucho de tinta y una carcasa de metal.

    • Y no hemos pinchado la batería ... todavía! Parece que nuestras habilidades de Operación finalmente están dando sus frutos.

    any possibility of pushing the internal out from the tip?

    dennis97519 - Contestar

  8. ¡Menos mal, eso fue un trabajo! Limpiando el polvo de plástico y haciendo una pausa para un rápido descanso del burrito, nos tomamos un momento para apreciar el fruto de nuestros esfuerzos: Lápiz sin estuche. Un rápido vistazo a lo largo del cilindro de metal interior revela un pequeño tornillo de tres puntos en el Apple Watch. Por suerte ahora tenemos las herramientas para esto en nuestro arsenal. No se necesitan archivos!
    • ¡Menos mal, eso fue un trabajo! Limpiando el polvo de plástico y haciendo una pausa para un rápido descanso del burrito, nos tomamos un momento para apreciar el fruto de nuestros esfuerzos: Lápiz sin estuche.

    • Un rápido vistazo a lo largo del cilindro de metal interior revela un pequeño tornillo de tres puntos en el Apple Watch.

    • Por suerte ahora tenemos las herramientas para esto en nuestro arsenal. No se necesitan archivos!

    • Debajo del sujetador pequeño, observamos algunos contactos diminutos, que asumimos que son para las pruebas internas de Apple.

  9. Después de un poco más de corte y palanca, y una breve conversación sobre los cortadores láser, atravesamos una segunda capa (esta vez de metal). Somos recompensados con el conjunto de antena y batería. Sin grafito en el núcleo de este lápiz. Esta pequeña batería de iones de litio de 3.82 V, 0.329 Wh contiene solo el 5% de la carga de una batería de iPhone 6s.
    • Después de un poco más de corte y palanca, y una breve conversación sobre los cortadores láser, atravesamos una segunda capa (esta vez de metal).

    • Somos recompensados con el conjunto de antena y batería. Sin grafito en el núcleo de este lápiz.

    • Esta pequeña batería de iones de litio de 3.82 V, 0.329 Wh contiene solo el 5% de la carga de una batería de iPhone 6s.

    • Por el bien del marcador: el lápiz de la superficie de Microsoft tiene una batería AAAAreemplazable por el usuario. Estos se clasifican generalmente entre 0.4 y 0.9 Wh.

    I gotta say, after using the Pencil for an extended period of time, it is nice to just be able plug it in and use it after 15 minutes vs. having to constantly swap out dead AAAA batteries (which my HP laptop stylus uses) due to prolonged lack of use.

    Arthur Shi - Contestar

  10. Con la carcasa de metal apagada, arrancamos la antena, adornada con el familiar negro y dorado de Apple. También podemos ver mejor el cable de cinta que cortamos antes ... Corre entre el conector Lightning y la batería, con algunos circuitos integrados de carga de batería en el camino (suponemos).
    • Con la carcasa de metal apagada, arrancamos la antena, adornada con el familiar negro y dorado de Apple.

    • También podemos ver mejor el cable de cinta que cortamos antes ... Corre entre el conector Lightning y la batería, con algunos circuitos integrados de carga de batería en el camino (suponemos).

    • Hemos visto más fichas en el otro extremo, así que tiramos la batería y pasamos a las cosas divertidas, ¡como la placa lógica pequeñísima!

    • Esta pequeña tabla se dobla por la mitad para aprovechar al máximo el espacio mínimo. ¡Inteligente!

    I nearly peed myself I was laughing so hard. Ermagersh!

    David Spalding - Contestar

  11. ¿Qué es esto, un tablero lógico para hormigas? No del todo, pero con un peso de 1.0 gramo, definitivamente es el más pequeño que hemos visto. Con el trabajo duro fuera del camino, hacemos una pausa para ver qué hace al lápiz tan inteligente: ST Microelectronics STML151UCY6 Cortex-M3 MCU basada en ARM RISC de 32 bits y potencia ultrabaja
    • ¿Qué es esto, un tablero lógico para hormigas? No del todo, pero con un peso de 1.0 gramo, definitivamente es el más pequeño que hemos visto. Con el trabajo duro fuera del camino, hacemos una pausa para ver qué hace al lápiz tan inteligente:

    • ST Microelectronics STML151UCY6 Cortex-M3 MCU basada en ARM RISC de 32 bits y potencia ultrabaja

    • ST Microelectronics AS5C Y533 (también se encuentra en el Apple TV 2015)

    • L05286 QS4 VG Z SGP 528

    • EWX 01129

    • Cambridge Silicon Radio (Qualcomm) CSR1012A05 Bluetooth Smart IC

    I wonder what OS runs on the pen and if there's a way of finding this out.

    IOOI SqAR - Contestar

    It is using a pretty low power ARM MCU, so it likely doesn't run a full OS

    ianguy -

    not all microcontrollers have an OS.

    Likely just a bootloader inside

    dennis97519 -

    I was trying to figure out why they'd add bluetooth???

    iliketurtuls - Contestar

    The pressure sensing happens on the pen itself not the screen, so it sends this data along the relative angle to the iPad

    This does make me wonder why not an eraser on the other end...

    Kalvinjj -

    From what Apple has stated officially, it seems that the pen is actually passive in the process of determining position and tilt, in the sense that the Apple Pen has two signal emitters that the iPad Pro itself detects, and then calculates this information from. There probably is at least a minimum level of communication over BT to synchronize the process and generally facilitate everything. The only real sensor data that needs to be communicated is the 'force' level. This is done to offload as much detection and processing as possible from the pen, and minimize the activity of the BT radio. This allows for a much less powerful processor and corresponding battery to be used, generally making things (hopefully) more efficient and, of course, increasing Apple's profit margin. (If I have erred, feel free to correct me.) :)

    JMC -

    Think of a wii mote... what does a wii mote have?

    Bluetooth for communication.

    An accelerometer.

    A gyroscope.

    A camera for IR detection (distance).

    So doesn't that ring any bells?

    What does this thing have?

    An accelerometer (maybe the EWX 11290)

    A gyroscope (maybe L05286)

    A sensor for pressure detection in the tip, including the chip.

    So what is this? A wii mote in apple clothes.

    TarAnTani -

    This is just an intuitive guess, so feel free to delete it, but BT is probably needed, at the very minimum, to serve to relay the information from the variable pressure sensor to the iPad Pro.

    JMC - Contestar

    would it be possible to retake the PCB picture with a ruler next to it with inches or Millimetres on it ?

    bwgvanderveer - Contestar

  12. Regresamos a la carcasa de metal para extraer la punta de la pluma y buscar su sensor mágico. Pelando una de las tablas más pequeñas que hemos visto, encontramos un conjunto de tres tics coincidentes. Tres en el extremo del ensamblaje de la pluma y tres en la pequeña tabla. Si tuviéramos que arriesgarnos a adivinar, diríamos que esto ayudó a sentir la presión al medir el movimiento entre estas dos partes.
    • Regresamos a la carcasa de metal para extraer la punta de la pluma y buscar su sensor mágico.

    • Pelando una de las tablas más pequeñas que hemos visto, encontramos un conjunto de tres tics coincidentes. Tres en el extremo del ensamblaje de la pluma y tres en la pequeña tabla.

    • Si tuviéramos que arriesgarnos a adivinar, diríamos que esto ayudó a sentir la presión al medir el movimiento entre estas dos partes.

    • Lo más probable es que este chip pueda decirnos más sobre cómo funciona esto ...

    • Se lee 8529043 343S00008-A1

  13. El desmontaje adicional de la punta parece poco práctico, pero está bien: tenemos ojos en todas partes, gracias a algunas imágenes de rayos X de nuestros amigos en Creative Electron. Obtenga una carga de esa pequeña punta con resorte y los dos emisores enterrados dentro del eje. Solo para dar una patada, también creamos una imagen de la tarjeta lógica bitty bitty, y el conector Lightning y la tapa.
    • El desmontaje adicional de la punta parece poco práctico, pero está bien: tenemos ojos en todas partes, gracias a algunas imágenes de rayos X de nuestros amigos en Creative Electron.

    • Obtenga una carga de esa pequeña punta con resorte y los dos emisores enterrados dentro del eje.

    • Solo para dar una patada, también creamos una imagen de la tarjeta lógica bitty bitty, y el conector Lightning y la tapa.

    • Afortunadamente, esto se capturó cuando el lápiz aún estaba intacto, por lo que aún puede ver el conector perfectamente soldado a su pequeño cable plano. Es una cosa de belleza (al menos hasta el día en que necesita reparar algo).

    I use my Apple Pencil for precision drawing - I usually write with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil on paper. The size of the Apple Pencil tip is actually too big and gets in the way of seeing what I want to draw. I'm used to using a Cintiq pen on their tablets and their pen tips are MUCH narrower. I was actually thinking of milling down the last 2-3mm of the Apple Pencil tip to a diameter of about 1mm or so (which is the tip/barrel diameter on the Cintiq). The trouble is that the xray you show in figure 12 renders the plastic of the tip itself pretty much invisible so I'm unclear what room I have to play with. Do you have any other pictures at possible different exposures that do show the plastic of the tip?

    Mick Mueck - Contestar

    May be new tips will come in the future for updates!!! Did you contacted Apple?

    Vr1 -

    So, that spring must be what I see poking out. I've used the pencil everyday on average of 5 hours a day and it has only been two weeks and it's worn down already. Hopefully replacement tips will be made available soon.

    Mike Villegas - Contestar

  14. Reparabilidad del lápiz de Apple 1 de 10 (10 es el más fácil de reparar): La punta del lápiz y la tapa se pueden reemplazar si están desgastadas (o perdidas). El lápiz claramente no está destinado a ser abierto o reparado; No puedes entrar sin destruir el dispositivo.
    • Reparabilidad del lápiz de Apple 1 de 10 (10 es el más fácil de reparar):

    • La punta del lápiz y la tapa se pueden reemplazar si están desgastadas (o perdidas).

    • El lápiz claramente no está destinado a ser abierto o reparado; No puedes entrar sin destruir el dispositivo.

    • Las capas de plástico y metal que sostienen los componentes interiores son imposibles de eliminar sin triturar.

    • La batería, suficiente para un funcionamiento de 12 horas, es imposible de reemplazar, lo que le da al dispositivo una vida útil limitada.

    As for the battery, I'm sure Apple did some initial testing to make sure it could handle enough charging cycles to last longer than the normal time people would have one before they lost it. I'd love to see Apple come up with a Find-my-ApplePencil app. :-)

    plink53 - Contestar

    Absolutely! It'd be great if the the pencil could ping back its location using GPS, or cellular, or WiFi, or...wait we have low power bluetooth...hmm, I guess it could tell us if we are in the same 15 foot radius.

    Jeremy1026 -

    Now THERE's a good reason for having BT onboard :D

    Emanon Adespoton -

    What is the range of BT? The "15 foot radius" comment sounds about right - BT would be rather useless for locating it, unless there is some "long-range-high-power beacon mode". As for GPS - how much would that cost? Are there combination Wifi/BT/GPS chips available for a reasonable cost? And then the antenna - can the same antenna receive signals on all three bands (or "on-chip" antennas? I don't know what the status of that tech is)

    But I'd think the biggest problem with "find-my-Pencil" would be that it would have to always be on - thus sucking battery life (maybe they could put solar panels on the outside somehow? (see "Printable anodes for flexible organic solar cell modules" 2004 http://www.ec-ind.com/PEDOT/Printable%20... Don't know if that is still "current" though.)

    jimwitte -

    The cap on the Apple Pencil has a magnet inside. Can you dissect the cap to see what sort of magnet this is, how large it is, how powerful it is, and how it's oriented? This would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!

    steve - Contestar

    My dad had an apple pencil he never used and gave it to me for my new iPad Pro however it no longer holds a charge (it had never been used so perhaps never held a charge). Anyway took it to Apple and they said it would cost 110 CAD to fix since its past a year. So zero minutes of usage and no practical repair possible. Hope this stops people from wasting their money on the “Pencil”

    Noel Dillabough - Contestar

    Well said. Same situation here. I wish there had been a notice on battery maintenance on the product package. At least tell people that you need to discharge and charge every month or so. Throwing something that had hardly been used. Time for a better alternative.

    Kenneth Cheuk -

    My daughter broke the (apple) pencil lead. Seeing the pictures it seems that it’s screwed and there gives a little hope to find one and replace it. Dear iFixit (lovers) do you know where I could find this as to save from planet garbage the rest of this fully functional Apple Pencil

    David ABITEBOUL - Contestar

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What vice did you use to hold the iPencil while you opened it? I need one.

Calion - Contestar

I actually used our economy suction vise, it's pretty hefty and very stable :)

Andrew Optimus Goldheart -

Care to tear apart the female-to-female Lightning adapter? Interested to know the pinout!

Jake - Contestar

I'm quite sure just a parallel connection.

Ryo Saeba -

Could we get a tear down of a Surface Pen? #3 maybe #4?

Eric Pellegrini - Contestar

I'd also like to see how the lightning connector flexes inside its base, like in the YouTube video that destroys the pencil by flexing it around connected to the iPad, would you open it up please?

TheBlackBunny - Contestar

“The battery, enough for a 12 hour run, is impossible to replace, giving the device a limited lifespan.”

Other lithium-ion batteries are rated for perhaps 1000 full-charge cycles, suggesting that a person using this pencil 8 hours every weekday would see a 6-year life.

That's a crude SWAG… perhaps you could estimate how “limited” the lifespan really is.

WaltFrench - Contestar

It also happens that Lithium Ion degrades with time using it or not, undercharge, overcharge (granted, the charging circuit won't allow these 2), or temperature variations.

So it could go well down to ~2 years before needing too frequent charging.

Also since it's a pen, it will fall a lot, this will also lower this value.

Probably the pen will last long enough but it's definitely a product made to be replaced along the iPad or something like this.

Kalvinjj -

I would have given it a 0 out of 10 . Having to completely destroy something to service it is counter logical.

Apple is supposed to have the best engineers in the world but look what they've done.

If the Apple Pencil were made in my shop it would have a threaded end to open the case, a fully removable battery and an inner liner pcb that would slide out. Add a Qi power receiver for wireless charging and there would be no need for connectors of any kind.

Steve Jobs was right. Pens are bad.

woodytus - Contestar

It would probably also be twice as thick and 5 times heavier.

scottjl -

The cap on the Apple Pencil that protects the Lightning connector has a magnet inside... can you dissect the cap to show what sort of magnet this, how large it is, and how it's oriented?

steve - Contestar

I don't blame Apple for not making it fixable. That's pretty hard at this scale. Two co-workers and I developed the active stylus for the DROID XYBOARD (http://www.a4c.com/product/motorola-droi...) a few years ago, and it doesn't come apart without a long soak in 100% isopropyl alcohol (0% water, obviously) to soften up the assembly adhesives. But at least it ran on an easily replaceable and surprisingly easy-to-get AAAA battery, getting about 6 months of life per battery.

Dan Wagner - Contestar

The MCU part number is misstated in the article. Its an STM32L151... (not STML151...). It is part of ST Microelectronics ultra low power STM32L family. Relay a wonderful part to work with and fully capable of running quite a few different micro kernels and RTOS variants in addition to easily scheduling bare metal code using its fifteen level nested vectored interrupt controller.

gdh22 - Contestar

Exactly the same as any other Cortex M in the world.

santiagogf89 -

But what is the pressure sensitivity? I can't find it listed anywhere. This is the only video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaIQ5SvK...

Nat Russell - Contestar

Repairing a pencil, really? I believe that repairing this is beyond the capabilities of anyone without a microscope, on account of it *being a stylus*. This shouldn't have a repairability score.

Elizabeth Myers - Contestar

Whoa, Apple pencil is unnecessarily complicated re-invention of what's out there. Take a look at Samsung S-pen teardown. It's simplicity in itself, no parts to replace, no battery to replace. S-pen is brilliant.

coldspring21 - Contestar

The S Pen doesn’t have pressure sensitivity on a 12.9 inch screen nor is it Bluetooth.

jsbrock -

Step 10. Does the logic board boot loader could be upgradable???

Does a simple iBeacon has any hardware that may facilitate the proximity task? Why Apple did not included the proximity of the Pencil at the Notification Center if it was lost? What is missing???

Vr1 - Contestar

Find-my-ApplePencil app. :-)

Would it ever be available?

Vr1 - Contestar

My apple pencil started making a weird clicking noise and the nib is kinda crooked, I sent it to apple care and they said they wouldn't fix it ro give me a new one since it was accidental damage, but I've just been drawing with it for 2 months, any idea how to fix this or why this happened ?

rcarreno - Contestar

Probably dislodged nib or cracked nib holder internally due to user pressure from the side. I noticed when using the pencil it is alot more prone to accidental side pressure due to the extra large tip. You could try using the replacement tip, but that might make it worse since chances are the nib holder cracked internally. (BTW, I am not the the author of the teardown article …just educated guesses on my part.)

Eric Hemingway - Contestar

what’s the size of the pcb?

Tej - Contestar

The tip is a horrible design. A tiny piece of metal sticking out with a removable, read “movable,” plastic part to protect it is a recipe for disaster. The tip on mine was snapped off just from being in my bag, with the nib on. Like a cheap plastic pen. A $99 waste of unrepairable money. If Apple sells a product accessory for one of their products, they should make the product capable of holding and protecting it like the Samsung Galaxy Tab did with their pen. That was a very sleek design.

ehor31 - Contestar

Does anyone know how to turn the pencil on and Bluetooth pair to the iPad Pro with out connecting it in the iPad Pro port? I have an iPad Pro I bought for $50 but the tristar is messed up I can charge the iPad on a flepow dock turn it on let it start up then the iPad says 1% then plug up an official iPad charger restart the iPad and it will be at 100% but the port does not work with the Apple Pencil or does the official iPad charge show the device charging. I just want to short the pencil on so I can pair it.

TRAVISNICELY83 - Contestar

iFix it !? more like iBreak it. LOL ok iTear-it-down. You’re after my own heart. long time Spiderman Fan. Beautiful article, clean pictures. i Like, OLE!

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fvrrljr - Contestar

So, mine and my co-workers pencils died from what I can guess is lack of use and the battery dies down past the point the charger chips will let it charge. Does anyone know if I can jump start the charging process (I have done this before with a small trickle charge to get a lithium battery up to the safe charging point) using any of those 4 test points visible through one section of the tube? I have mine cut open exposing the metal inner tube but don’t want to cut that one open if there is any chance of getting to the battery in anyway.

James Armstrong - Contestar

Good news, I actually fixed two apple pencils. They really need a big note on the box, that you must charge once a month or so or the internal battery will die and not charge. One I found where power was easily accessible and forced a charge bypassing the charging circuit then it started working and charging. The other had a bad ground connection on the - side of the battery and I was able to fix that. Now I just need to turn some really nice pencil shells on my lathe ;)

James Armstrong - Contestar

Encouraged by James comment, bought two pencils very cheap on eBay. One had the tip broken, but a good battery, and connected to iPad. The front end is spot welded to the inner metal tube, so it can’t be replaced. The only thing that I could do was to cut it open to see how it how everything was placed. Despite getting detailed x-rays, it is impossible to cut it open with a dremmel tool without also damaging the tiny flex cables. I damaged the flex cables, But at least it gave me an idea about what’s where, and I thought that with the next pencil, I’ll do a better job.

On the other pencil, the LiPo had swollen and destroyed. Trying to just cut the inner metal shell was impossible. There are several places where spot welding has been done, including the battery terminals, and it is not possible to separate the battery from flex cable without damage, which I did. I don’t see how someone can do that without causing any damage. I also damaged the incredibly thin blue tooth coax cable.

Ahmad Rana - Contestar

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