The original Apple Pencil that launched in 2015 can be charged with a Lightning cable. The 2nd-gen Apple Pencil came out as Apple was moving away from Lightning ports on iPads, so Apple added wireless charging and removed wired charging.

Now Apple has unveiled a new Apple Pencil that’s the company’s first to charge via USB-C. But it’s not replacing the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil that sells for $129. Instead the new USB-C version is a cheaper alternative that’s priced at $79. Not only does it lack wireless charging support, but it’s also not pressure-sensitive and doesn’t have a double-tap-to-change-tools option.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Apple introduces new Apple Pencil, bringing more value and choice to the lineup [Apple]

Apple’s new $79 Apple Pencil is the cheapest yet, but while it has tilt sensitivity and a magnet for attaching to the side of iPads, it lacks pressure sensitivity or wireless charging. Instead there’s a hidden USB-C port for charging and pairing with iPads.

E-notes now support 13.3-inches with Kaleido 3 color e-paper [Good EReader]

We’ve seen a number of eReaders, and eNote (tablets with pen support) featuring E Ink’s Kaleido 3 color display technology this year. But they’ve tended to have 10.3 inch or smaller screens. Now the first 13.3 inch models are on the way.

OpenWrt 23.05.0 [OpenWrt]

OpenWrt is a free and open source replacement for the firmware that comes with many wireless routers, and the version 23.05.0 is the first major stable release in over a year.

Weekly GNU-like Mobile Linux Update [LinMob]

While the news about Mobian dropping support for the original PinePhone has received a fair amount of attention recently, there’s also some positive movement on the PinePhone front – like a set of scripts that makes it easy to record videos on a PinePhone.

update in more than a year. Among other things, it adds support for 200 new devices.

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  1. As for the $79 Apple Pencil, it sounds like I could just use a stick or the eraser side of a Ticonderoga #2!

  2. $79 for a stylus that lacks pressure sensitivity is garbage. Once again, a product from Apple that is meant for people who want to look like professionals, but don’t know better.