That’s when I noticed the difference between the Pencil and just a stylus: It felt great. Perfect. Better than any stylus I’ve ever used by a wide margin. Not because the thing itself is so terrific—I like holding FiftyThree’s Pencil better, and there are lots of good styli out there—but because it’s the first time I’ve ever written on a screen and actually felt like I was writing on the screen. There was almost zero latency, meaning the ink appeared to flow out of the Pencil and not trail half an inch behind. With the tiniest added pressure, the line became the tiniest bit thicker. I tapped on the No. 2 pencil mode, and it wrote and shaded just like all the pencils I used to sharpen with that wall-mounted thing you had to crank.
It’s typical Apple behaviour: trash the work of your competitors, which Steve Jobs did all the time, and then come up with your own version that magically fixes everything and shows everyone how it should be done.
Apple isn’t content making products that just follow the crowd, their focus is on making the product work amazingly well. That’s the true genius of their work and why people clamour to buy their products. Other companies just don’t get it.