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Logitech Crayon USB-C VS Apple Pencil 2: Features, differences and prices

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The iPad is a device that is most enjoyable when used with accessories, and styluses are some of the most interesting for students and artists due to their versatility. Apple has its Apple Pencil 2, which is compatible with most of its tablets, but comes at a bit of a price tag that makes users look for alternatives like the Logitech Crayon with USB-C. Don’t know which of the two suits you? We put them face to face.

Features Apple Pencil 2 and Logitech Crayon USB-C

specs

Apple Pencil 2

Logitech Crayon (USB-C)

Dimensions and weight

16.6 cm long and 0.89 cm in diameter; 20.7 grams

16.3 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm and 20 grams

Technologys

Palm rejection, tilt detection, multiple pressure levels for thickness, and double tap to change tools

Palm rejection, tilt detection

Compatibility

All iPads with USB-C (except iPad 10)

All iPads that support Apple Pencil, whether Lightning or USB-C

Autonomy | recharge

up to 12 hours

Up to seven hours of active typing; USB-C charging

Price

149 euro

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Logitech Crayon, Digital Pen for iPad (iPads with USB-C ports) with Apple Pencil technology, lag-free pixel accuracy, and Dynamic Smart Tip with USB-C fast charging, Silver

Logitech Crayon, Digital Pen for iPad (iPads with USB-C ports) with Apple Pencil technology, lag-free pixel accuracy, and Dynamic Smart Tip with USB-C fast charging, Silver

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

  • Design: Apple Pencil 2 has the shape of traditional pencils so that it is comfortable to use and not weird. Unlike the first generation, this one has a flat side to improve grip. The Logitech Crayon USB-C also inherits much of the design from the first model, but now it has no orange accents and is more elegant. It is not pencil-shaped, but rather wider, albeit flat, so it may take some getting used to.

  • Compatibility: the Logitech Crayon USB-C works with all tablets with USB-C and Lightning connection (and are compatible with the Apple stylus). However, for models with Lightning it is more interesting to use the Logitech Crayon with this connection, which is still being sold. The 2nd generation Apple Pencil is compatible with all USB-C tablets, except for the iPad 10 (2022).

  • Autonomy: Logitech promises that the Crayon USB-C’s battery lasts up to seven hours of active typing. It has LED lights that indicate the charge level (battery greater than 66%, three green LEDs; battery greater than 33%, two green LEDs; battery greater than 15%, one green LED, and battery less than 15%, LED flashing red). Apple does not specify how much battery its Pencil has, but it is estimated that about 12 hours.

  • recharge: This Logitech Crayon recharges via USB-C, while the Apple Pencil 2 recharges by induction when placed on the side of a compatible iPad, being fixed magnetically.

  • Tip: The tip wears out with use, and both the Apple Pencil 2 and the Logitech Crayon USB-C can be replaced to extend the life of the accessory.

  • Technologys: The Logitech Crayon has some of the same Technologys as the Apple Pencil 2, such as the palm rejection and tilt detection for the thickness of the line. However, Apple’s proposal has pressure levels for more degrees of thickness, as well as quick tool change with a touch near the tip.

  • Price: Apple raised the price of the Apple Pencil 2, like that of many other products, and now it costs 149 euros. The Logitech Crayon USB-C has an RRP of 89.99 euros in the official Logitech store.

Apple Pencil 2 VS Logitech Crayon USB-C, which one to buy?

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The Apple Pencil 2 is the company’s latest stylus and works with all of its tablets except the iPad 10 and all other models with a Lightning connection. In fact, Apple continues to sell the iPad 9 as the cheapest option in the catalog, so It is not compatible with all the proposals that are sold. Not the case with the Logitech Crayon USB-C, which Logitech claims works with all iPads that have stylus compatibility, whether first or second generation.

The Logitech Crayon, for this reason, It is a more versatile purchase, as well as being cheaper, since it represents a saving of 60 euros. However, despite the fact that they share characteristics, the Apple Pencil 2 is better for artists because of the different levels of pressure that allow you to make more or less thick lines, as well as the double tap to quickly change the tool.

If it is going to be used only for writing, the Logitech Crayon USB-C may be the most interesting purchase. If you’re going to use it for drawing, the Apple Pencil 2, provided you have a compatible tablet, is a better choice.

Logitech Crayon, Digital Pen for iPad (iPads with USB-C ports) with Apple Pencil technology, lag-free pixel accuracy, and Dynamic Smart Tip with USB-C fast charging, Silver

Logitech Crayon, Digital Pen for iPad (iPads with USB-C ports) with Apple Pencil technology, lag-free pixel accuracy, and Dynamic Smart Tip with USB-C fast charging, Silver

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Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


ChatGPT in Siri format or as Shortcut on iPhone.

Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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