New Apple Pencil reviewed: 👍 👍 👍

USB-C version might be better than premium model.

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Have you ever tried to write something with your finger on an iPad?

Yeah, it’s impossible. To capture handwriting, you absolutely need a stylus. I know, Steve Jobs is spinning, but it’s true.

Luckily, Apple just launched a new budget stylus that has USB-C charging, and it can be used with just about any iPad.

It’s a lot cheaper than Apple’s premium Pencil, and in our hands-on testing, we found there’s a lot to like. In fact, in a lot of ways it might be even better than Apple's premium iPad stylus.

Also in today’s newsletter:

  • If you’ve ever misplaced your Apple Watch and couldn’t find it anywhere, your iPhone now makes it easier than ever to locate.

  • This unique magnetic power bank with a built-in Apple Watch charger looks great for traveling and only costs $35 — I’m gonna get one to review.

  • My goodness, I can’t stand Taylor Swift’s music. Looks like I’m alone.

  • If you’re interested in investing in up-and-coming tech companies, check out Ryse, a leader in the smart shade category. Details below.

  • This is a nice computer setup for streaming console gameplay through a Mac mini. It only took two years to set up.

  • Yesterday’s poll showed you guys would never buy a new car without CarPlay — by a very large margin. See results below. And take today’s poll: Do you use an Apple Pencil?

— Leander Kahney, EIC.

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One more thing ...

Heathkits came with all the boards and parts color-coded, but the manual also explained the theory of how it operated. It made you realize you could build and understand anything. Once you built a couple of radios, you’d see a TV in the catalog and say, “I can build that as well,” even if you didn’t. I was very lucky, because when I was a kid both my dad and the Heathkits made me believe I could build anything.

— Steve Jobs, 2011.

Today’s poll

Do you use an Apple Pencil or other stylus?

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Results from yesterday’s poll: Would you buy a new car without Apple's CarPlay?

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