Tuesday 20 August 2019

Apple doesn't think the Pencil will replace your finger

Apple Pencil
Apple Pencil

Emma Clark

Apple's Jony Ive says that the Apple Pencil will not replace your fingers when interacting with the iPad Pro because they have different goals.

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil seemingly go hand-in-hand, but Apple doesn't believe that the Pencil will, or even should, replace your finger.

Speaking with design journal Wallpaper, Apple's Jony Ive said that it might be easy to confuse the role of the two. But Apple seems well aware that your finger and the Pencil serve two very different purposes.

Ive explained, "I actually think it's very clear the Pencil is for making marks, and the finger is a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system."

said that Apple designed the UI based on multi-touch. Of course, that means it was designed with fingers rather than the Apple Pencil in mind.

He said, however, that the Pencil excels in other ways. "But it is, and I don’t think anybody would argue, a far better tool than your finger when your focus becomes exclusively making marks. The traditional pencil could have been replaced by a dish of powdered charcoal, which you dipped your finger into to make marks with. And that didn’t happen."

Ive also revealed why Apple called it the Pencil. "I like the name Pencil much more than stylus because stylus seems a product that’s about technology. Pencil, to me, seems very analogue in its association," he explained.

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