The reviews are settling in on Apple’s gargantuan (roughly same size as a diminutive MacBook) iPad Pro. iPad Pro? Love it. Smart Keyboard? Meh. Pencil? Love it or leave it. Rhiannon Williams with an exclusive interview of Sir Jonathan Ive on the Pencil:
Reinventing an object billions of people across the world know and use every day is no mean feat. The humble pencil has been around for thousands of years, with its origins in the discovery of graphite deposits in Borrowdale in Cumberland circa 1564.
Many of us in the design team have worked together for 20 plus years. We’ve always drawn in our sketchbooks, and for the first time – despite flirting with some alternatives a couple of years ago – I’m seeing people starting to use the iPad and Apple Pencil. Our personal experience has been that there are definitely affordances and opportunities now that you have a much more natural and intuitive environment to make marks, there are clearly things you can do sketching and writing on the iPad which you could never dream of doing in the analogue world.
We live in a digital age. Williams:
Jony Ive has reinvented the pencil.