Logitech came out with a more affordable alternative to the Apple Pencil earlier this year, alongside the 2018 iPad. However, the $49 Crayon stylus was restricted to education buyers, so only students and teachers could get their hands on one. Now, Logitech will make the Crayon stylus available to all customers—but at the slightly higher price of $69.
Apple showed off the Crayon at its spring event this year when it debuted a more affordable version of the iPad, which targeted schools and students with its $329 price tag. The stylus is made of aluminum and rubber, making it more durable than the Apple Pencil, and its flattened-oval design makes it easier to grip.
Inside the Crayon is Apple Pencil technology, including palm rejection and tilt recognition. However, it does not have the same pressure sensitivity features as the Apple Pencil, so it won’t suit the needs of professional artists who use the iPad Pro as a creation tool. It should work well as a note-taking or basic sketching tool, though.
Logitech’s Crayon also has a shorter battery life than the Apple Pencil—just seven hours. It recharges via a Lightning port, making it somewhat easier to charge than Apple’s stylus, but it will require daily charging if you use it regularly. Nevertheless, the Crayon’s $69 price tag may be enough to persuade some users who have wanted an Apple Pencil but didn’t want to pay $100 for a stylus.
The timing of Logitech’s announcement may raise some eyebrows as Apple’s September event looms near. While we’re almost certain to see new iPhones and a new Apple Watch at next week’s event, new iPad Pros are also rumored to be released this fall. The new tablets may come in 11- and 12.9-inch sizes, featuring slimmer bezels around their displays and new gesture control and FaceID technology (that means no more Home button as well).
Logitech’s Crayon stylus will be available from Logitech.com, Apple.com, and Apple retail stores for $69 starting September 12 (yes, the same day as Apple’s event) and will be more widely available in October.