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In this video, we’re diving into a handy and cost-effective hack for all iPad users. If you’ve been wondering how to use your 1st generation Apple Pencil with the latest iPad Air 5 or other newer iPad models, this tutorial is for you. I’ll guide you through a simple workaround that lets you connect your first-gen Apple Pencil to these newer devices, saving you the expense of upgrading to a newer pencil. So, grab your Apple Pencil, and let’s get started on this easy-to-follow tech tip!
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Here’s Why Gen 1 Apple Pencils Don’t NORMALLY Work on Newer iPads
Let’s chat about why your trusty Gen 1 Apple Pencil isn’t playing nice with the newer iPads. It’s a bit of a tech tangle, but I’ll break it down for you:
Different Charging Methods
- Old School vs. New School: The Gen 1 Apple Pencil charges via a Lightning connector, you know, the one you plug into the bottom of the pencil. Newer iPads ditched this port for a USB-C connector.
- Magnetic Magic: Newer iPads and the Gen 2 Pencil use a nifty magnetic charging method. Just snap the pencil to the side of the iPad, and voilà, it charges! Sadly, our Gen 1 friend misses out on this magic.
- Tech Evolution: Apple’s tech moves fast. With each new iPad, there are changes in hardware and software. These changes often mean that older accessories, like our Gen 1 Pencil, don’t fit in the picture anymore.
- Different Communication: It’s not just about charging. The way the Gen 1 Pencil talks to the iPad is different from how the Gen 2 Pencil communicates. It’s like they speak different languages!
- Slimmer, Sleeker iPads: As iPads got thinner and sleeker, the design had to change. This evolution in design also meant rethinking accessory ports and how they connect.
But you really want an Apple pencil 2 gen and don’t want to break the bank?
I got you covered!
This DUPE is amazing! I have the same one and it looks and feels like the Apple pencil gen 2. The magnetic charging works the same and the writing is perfect!