Getting started with your Apple Pencil is incredibly easy. Here's what you need to know!

The Apple Pencil is a big part of what makes the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro really pro. It lets you write and draw fluidly, responsively, with full pressure sensitivity and tilt control. All you have to do is set it up and start using it! It's an incredibly simple process, but if you want to see before you do, follow along!

How to use the Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil works similarly to a real-world pencil, but not exactly like one.

  1. Tap the tip of the Apple Pencil on icons, buttons, and other interface elements to navigate around your iPad Pro. (Note: It's not actually capacitive like your finger so many swipes and other gesture-based navigation aren't supported.)
  2. Touch the tip of your Apple Pencil to your iPad Pro screen and move it to start writing a word or drawing a line.
  3. Press harder with the tip of your Apple Pencil on your iPad Pro screen to get a darker and/or broader line.
  4. Tilt the Apple Pencil sideways, touch it to your iPad Pro screen, and move it to start shading in larger areas.

Because the Apple Pencil doesn't use capacitive multitouch, you can use your fingers for normal navigation. I some cases, you can even use your fingers and the Apple Pencil at the same time. For example, touch two fingers down in Notes and you'll get a ruler you can use to draw straight lines with the Pencil.