This really bites, team!
It looks as if I am one of the small minority Astropad users that still like using my choice of third party stylii, the Adonit Pixel stylus, with Astropadand and my iPad Pro.
I have not had any real vexing issues for the last 2-1/2 years of using this stylus with Astropad and has been working/playing pretty well with Corel Painter and for the most part with my older versions of Adobe Photoshop and AutoDesk SketchBook.
I have A LOT of apps the Adonit Pixel is compatible with that I use everyday with my iPad Pro and it still performs very well for me.
Both pressure and palm rejection with many of the current compatible apps is good to pretty good with this stylus.
Adonit makes far better Bluetooth smart stylii than Wacom ever has for the iPad/iPad Pro.
Wacom sucks at making a good Bluetooth iPad stylus.
I am very sad and disappointed in this eventuality.
Ålmost as upset as I was when Astropad decided to go the perpetual monthly subscription/“CONscription” pricing model!
I can’t even use the Pro version because it uses a newer Mac OS than I am using/need to use and the Pro version is Apple Pencil ONLY, too!
Just for the record, when Astropad got first introduced in the iOS App Store in 2015, I paid your initial asking price of $49.99!
You guys remember THAT!
The Apple Pencil has a lot of shortcomings I feel it is NOT a good fit for me and I suspect for some of the other minority third party stylus users, also.
Since this is NOT an Apple Community forum, I am going to list MY grievances here about the state of the current design of the Apple Pencil.
I, personally, do not like the whole Gestalt/industrial design/ergonomics of the Apple Pencil.
Hate the smooth, slippery and cheaply feeling plastic material.
Don’t like the weight/heft of the Apple Pencil.
Do not like the thinner barrel diameter ( I am used to the wider diameter barrels on other third party stylii as I am used to drawing with wider diameter marker pens).
Don’t like that the Apple Pencil doesn’t have the true hexagonal, anti-roll shape of a “real” pencil or mechanical pencil.
Don’t really like its unnecessary length.
Do not like the really bad and kludgey way the Pencil charges.
Not even a built in pencil clip (where the silver band is on the Apple Pencil would have made an ideal place for a built in pencil clip.
The Apple Pencil along with the smart keyboard all feel rushed and like an afterthought in the overall designs of these accessories.
Here is another BIG flaw for you Apple Pencil users out there .
If your Apple Pencil sits around unused and not kept charged up for more than a few weeks, or so, OR LONGER, then the battery in your Apple Pencil WILL fail and will be dead and you will have to purchase another brand new Apple Pencil.
FYI and something Apple never divulges to it potential iPad Pro/Apple Pencil customers/users unless the potential customer/user is smart enough to ask about.
Due to the “always on an active/stanby” nature of the Apple Pencil and, also, due to its very tiny rechargeable Li-ion battery (smaller than the eraser head on a REAL pencil), the Apple Pencil needs to be constantly charged up to some significant charge level ALL THE TIME, even when not using the Pencil for prolonged periods of time.
The Apple Pencil needs to be kept charged to a minimum of 5-10% all the time.
If the Apple Pencil battery is allowed to drain down to 0% and allowed to stay in that flat condition for more than a few weeks, or so, OR EVEN LONGER, that very tiny little Li-ion battery is too small to keep at a 0% state for a long period of time and it will fail and the Apple Pencil will be dead and you may have to “pop” for another $99 Apple Pencil, once again!
These are my issues with Apple’s pencil and why I refuse to purchase and use one.
I have been patiently waiting for Apple to update the design and functionalities of the Apple Pencil for quite some time to no avail.