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The New Apple Pencil Pro Is Apple’s Egregious Way to Push Sales of Their New iPads

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Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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Apple recently unveiled the Apple Pencil Pro, which comes with a new suite of features, including a squeeze gesture, gyroscope, haptic feedback, and support for Find My.

While the upgraded functionality sounds impressive, its compatibility is what should concern any iPad user.

The new Pencil Pro can only be used with the new M2 iPad Air and M4 OLED iPad Pro models.

This means that if you own an older iPad, even high-end iPad Pro models from a generation or two ago, you will be locked out of using the latest stylus.

Apple seems to be using some sneaky marketing tactics again to push people towards the new iPad.

This isn’t new for them – confusing product lineups, exclusive features locked to new devices, and even hardware limitations that force upgrades – all feel like ways to pressure us into ditching our older devices.

It has the same connector and interface, so there’s no reason why the new Apple Pencil Pro should not be compatible with older iPad models. Of course, Apple will software lock it, so you’ll need to buy the new iPad.

This strategy might not be a coincidence, especially considering Apple’s recent Q2 2024 earnings, which revealed a significant year-over-year decline in iPad sales. Additionally, the iPad lineup hasn’t seen a major update in nearly two years.

So, Apple’s nickel-and-dime approach to its loyal customers has really annoyed me. It feels like they don’t really love the products they make or their customers anymore.

For example, I owned an iPad Pro (6th Generation) and was pumped to buy the Apple Pencil Pro because of the added features. Now I find out my perfectly good iPad Pro won’t work with it. Seriously, Apple?

So, I have to buy the latest iPad Pro just to use the new Pencil? Suddenly, my $129 Apple Pencil Pro upgrade just ballooned to a $1028 expense.

It’s not like my old iPad is broken or outdated – it works great. This seems like a cheap tactic to squeeze more money out of loyal customers. I think I’ll keep using my old Apple Pencil, at least for now.

So, let me know your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

Herby Jasmin

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