Logitech got here out with a extra inexpensive various to the Apple Pencil earlier this 12 months, alongside the 2018 iPad. Nevertheless, the $49 Crayon stylus was restricted to schooling patrons, so solely college students and academics may get their arms on one. Now, Logitech will make the Crayon stylus accessible to all clients—however on the barely larger worth of $69.
Apple confirmed off the Crayon at its spring occasion this 12 months when it debuted a extra inexpensive model of the iPad, which focused colleges and college students with its $329 price ticket. The stylus is made from aluminum and rubber, making it extra sturdy than the Apple Pencil, and its flattened-oval design makes it simpler to grip.
Contained in the Crayon is Apple Pencil know-how, together with palm rejection and tilt recognition. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have the identical stress sensitivity options because the Apple Pencil, so it will not swimsuit the wants of professional artists who use the iPad Professional as a creation software. It ought to work properly as a note-taking or primary sketching software, although.
Logitech’s Crayon additionally has a shorter battery life than the Apple Pencil—simply seven hours. It recharges by way of a Lightning port, making it considerably simpler to cost than Apple’s stylus, however it should require every day charging in case you use it recurrently. Nonetheless, the Crayon’s $69 price ticket could also be sufficient to influence some customers who’ve needed an Apple Pencil however did not wish to pay $100 for a stylus.
The timing of Logitech’s announcement might increase some eyebrows as Apple’s September occasion looms close to. Whereas we’re nearly sure to see new iPhones and a brand new Apple Watch at subsequent week’s occasion, new iPad Execs are additionally rumored to be launched this fall. The brand new tablets might are available 11- and 12.9-inch sizes, that includes slimmer bezels round their shows and new gesture management and FaceID know-how (meaning no extra Residence button as properly).
Logitech’s Crayon stylus shall be accessible from Logitech.com, Apple.com, and Apple retail shops for $69 beginning September 12 (sure, the identical day as Apple’s occasion) and shall be extra extensively accessible in October.