I have an iPad 2018 with 1st generation Apple Pencil. I am trying to use it for taking notes while it is connected to USB-cable charging, but surprisingly it doesn't work even though it is recognized by the iPad already! (I can see its charging status on notification page)

So I am wondering shouldn't Apple consider the issue and fix the problem?

Is it worth it contacting them for that?

  • Welcome to Ask Different :) What is the version of iOS that you are running on your iPad? – Nimesh Neema Jun 8 '19 at 13:41
  • 12.1.1 and will update it soon to the latest I guess 12.3.x – wisdom Jun 8 '19 at 13:43
  • It's always worth informing Apple of any issues you experience or improvements you see while you use their product. You can find contact addresses at the bottom of apple.com. – nohillside Jun 8 '19 at 13:48
  • Given that the 2nd generation Apple Pencil only charges when connected to the iPad (not via lightning), I'm not sure there's a lot of reason to hope that this will change in the future. – TJ Luoma Jun 9 '19 at 22:03

Apparently Apple disables drawing functionality while Apple Pencil is charging for performance reasons. So, the behavior is by design.

No, we disable the drawing functionality while it is charging (performance reasons). Although you can charge with a Lightning cable, it will charge much faster when connected directly to the iPad Pro.

In case you find a product feature concerning, you can always share feedback with Apple using the Product Feedback webpage:

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  • oh too bad to hear that! thanks for the link – wisdom Jun 8 '19 at 13:50
  • That discussion link is wrong. Apple Pencil gen 1 fast charges from USB as well as from iPad. Also, it gets like 5 to 15 minutes of charge in 60 seconds, so you don’t lose much time waiting for a charge up unless you need a repair in my experience. – bmike Jun 9 '19 at 0:52

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