Apple on Monday added a listing for a certified refurbished Apple Pencil to its online U.S. store. The refurbished stick will run you $85, which is a nice savings of $14 over a brand new unit.
Refurbished devices and accessories have been returned to Apple for one reason or another, and go through a thorough inspection, repair, and replacement process. The Apple Pencil has been repackaged with a new Lightning cable, an extra tip, and the usual sparse Apple documentation.
The Apple Pencil debuted alongside the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and is designed to allow artists more precision when drawing on-screen than is available with other readily available tools, such as their finger.
The Apple Pencil sports built-in sensors to determine the stylus’ angle and orientation. It can also detect a range of forces for pressure sensitive writing and drawing.
The versatile Apple Pencil is the best tool to reach for when you need pixel‑perfect precision. Use it to jot down notes, draft a schematic, or paint a watercolor. Or sign a lease or mark up an email. Whatever you need to do, Apple Pencil is easy to use but impossible to put down.
Perfectly on point for anything you do.
While it resembles a classic writing tool, Apple Pencil is so much more. Whether you’re marking up a complex document, designing a building on-site, or retouching layers in a photo, you get an astonishing selection of tools in a single instrument. With amazing apps designed to take full advantage of its distinctive features, Apple Pencil offers unmatched versatility.
A better take on taking notes.
Apple Pencil lets you jot down notes and sketch ideas as naturally as you do on paper. And with the upcoming iOS 11, you’ll be able to add handwriting and drawings alongside text and even search handwritten notes using Spotlight. There are also great note-taking apps in the App Store that let you do even more.
Mark up email, documents, and more.
Instantly annotate PDFs, photos, and web pages with Apple Pencil. Or quickly mark up anything on your iPad by taking a screenshot.
Engineered like a computer. Works like a pencil.
The technology inside Apple Pencil is revolutionary, yet picking it up for the first time feels instantly familiar. And though it’s far more precise than your finger, it’s just as easy to use.
To be precise, it’s incredibly precise.
With Apple Pencil, you can make virtually any number of effects right down to a single pixel. It’s perfect for creating technical illustrations or adding fine details in a portrait. You can even touch and hold with two fingers in supported apps to get a virtual ruler that lets you draw straight lines.
Even more responsive. Virtually no lag.
On the new iPad Pro with ProMotion technology, latency — the tiny delay between when you begin drawing and the time it appears on the screen — is virtually imperceptible. This lightning-fast responsiveness creates a smooth and natural experience unmatched by other creative tools.
Draw lines of any weight. Just apply pressure.
Sophisticated and accurate pressure sensors determine exactly how hard the tip of Apple Pencil is being pressed down. Press harder to draw thicker lines. Use a gentle touch for wispy hairlines. And adjust your pressure for anything in between.
Add shading with a tilt of the hand.
Two tilt sensors in the tip of Apple Pencil calculate the angle of your hand. As you write or draw, the relative positions of these sensors are detected by the Multi-Touch display. So you can create different degrees of shading simply by tilting Apple Pencil the way you would a conventional pencil.
Go ahead, rest your palm on the display.
iPad Pro is designed with palm rejection technology, making it possible to rest your hand on the iPad screen while you use Apple Pencil. So you can focus on drawing with the utmost precision instead of worrying about how to position your arm.
12 hours of battery life. You supply the creative charge.
Under the magnetic cap of Apple Pencil is a Lightning connector that lets you plug into iPad Pro. In a pinch, 15 seconds of charging gives you 30 minutes of use. And a full charge gives you 12 hours of scribbling, sketching, annotating, and editing.
The refurbished Apple Pencil carries the usual one-year Apple warranty against manufacturing defects.