Apple Pencils Not Functioning Properly on Non-Genuine Screens, Drawing Squiggly Lines Instead of Straight Lines
In a recent development, it has come to light that Apple Pencils are encountering issues when used on non-genuine Apple screens. Users have reported that instead of smooth, straight lines, the Apple Pencil is drawing wobbly and squiggly lines. This problem seems to be prevalent especially on newer iPad Pros, specifically the fifth and sixth-generation 12.9-inch models, as well as the third and fourth-generation 11-inch models.
According to Ricky Panesar, CEO of UK repair firm iCorrect, this issue stems from a memory chip on the screen. The functionality of the Apple Pencil is restricted to only work when the screen is connected to the original logic board. Consequently, users who have had their screens replaced by non-Apple service providers are suffering from this problem.
The severity of this issue can be gauged from a Reddit post on May 23, which suggests that the problem may also affect screens on iPad minis. As a result, Apple customers who have opted for third-party repairs are finding themselves grappling with this frustrating glitch.
Apple’s repair policies have been a subject of scrutiny and criticism in recent times. The company strictly insists on being the sole provider of repairs for its devices and vigorously promotes the use of Apple Genuine Replacement Parts. This approach, characterized by serialization and tying parts to individual devices, has made Apple a prime target for right-to-repair campaigns and legislation in the European Union.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Apple has encountered pairing issues with its screens. A similar problem was reported with the iPhone 13 line in 2021. However, the tech giant has remained tight-lipped regarding the current issue, and it has not responded to requests for comment from Ars.
It is worth noting that the author of this article has disclosed having no financial interest in iFixit, a prominent repair company. As news of this Apple Pencil malfunction spreads, frustrated users may seek solutions and alternatives to overcome this hurdle until Apple addresses the problem and offers a resolution.