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This article was published on October 29, 2015


Charging an Apple Pencil may be even weirder than we thought

Charging an Apple Pencil may be even weirder than we thought
Nate Swanner
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The Apple Pencil already had a weird way of charging. The rear cap lifts off, and you’re met with a male Lightning connector meant for your iPad Pro.

It’s silly — and could be getting sillier. A new report suggests Apple will package an adapter with the Apple Pencil that will allow users to connect it to a Lightning cable.

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The upside: you’ll have two ways to charge your stylus. The downside: that’s one too many.

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The original method was always clumsy, and this whole thing probably should have been considered in reverse. Charging with a Lightning cable is much more intuitive, and a small two-way bridge would be handy for the minority who will want to charge it directly to their big tablet.

Look on the bright side, though — at least Apple will probably be packaging the adapter with the stylus. Remember the 30-pin to Lightning conversion?

iPad Pro: AppleCare staff given Nov. 6 training deadline, Pencil charging adapter detailed [9to5Mac]