by Caleb Goellner

The Stylus You've Been Waiting For

This is it. The iPad styli you've been waiting for are finally here.

Three months ago I walked into the Wacom offices for the first time as an employee. I was stoked. This was where the magic that brought me my favorite digital tools happened, you know? I mean, I wasn't quite expecting to find an office full of coverall-wearing unicorns pouring vats of liquid rainbow magic into tablet and stylus molds, but the second best thing happened: I chanced upon some top secret unreleased product prototypes just feet away from my new work station!

There sat not just one, but two, new fine-tipped Wacom styli for the iPad: The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and the Bamboo fineline. I'd put the iPad through its comic book-making paces awhile back with a traditional capacitive pen, all the while longing for a tool that could accurately deliver at the speed of my ideas. These styli were exactly what I'd been dreaming of, and for just $79.99 and $59.99, respectively.

After emitting a very audible "Are you seeing this?!" to anyone within earshot, the stylus team graciously answered all of my "new guy" questions. Now it's my turn to pass on the good news to you, awesome person. 

The most intuitive art, note taking and casual input experiences on the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3 and newer are finally at your fingertips instead of… well… simply being your fingertips.

At just 2.9 millimeters thin, the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 offers the finest tip of any performance iPad stylus in the cosmos. Powered by Bluetooth 4.0, the ICS2 packs 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as it glides through your favorite art apps. It does what you want. There's simply nothing standing between you and the best lines you've ever laid down on the iPad. Combine the new tip with the pen's two programmable buttons and you're poised to become a regular part of your mobile workflow. And if your art compels you to draw for hours on end? Don't even worry about it. The ICS2's USB 3.0 rechargeable battery has your back for more than 25 hours. Draw all day and into the next. When you're done, you can pop the pen back into its luxurious padded case, where it can wait alongside its charging cord and backup nib for its next round of arting. 

True to its name, the Bamboo fineline is a note-taking virtuoso with a 1.9 millimeter tip -- that's ballpoint pen territory -- giving you the power to input ideas with 1024 levels of Bluetooth-powered pressure as fast as your hand can lay them down. Pop off its machined aluminum cap and tap the softtouch-painted pen grip button and you're ready to go straight to work in your note-taking apps of choice. Designed with the familiar form factor of analog implements, the fineline is balanced in the hand and fits tidily in a bag, making it an ideal partner in class, meetings or even classy meetings. Somewhere beneath so many neon squares, the person coated from head-to-toe with adhesive next to you will be blushing with envy.

Those just getting warmed up in the wide world of styli can count on the elegant simplicity of the capacitive Bamboo Stylus Solo or the Bamboo Stylus Duo. The Solo is a lone working wolf, while the Duo comes with a capacitive tip, plus a traditional ink nib on its opposite pole for a convenient analogue alternative. Both of the new Bamboo series of aluminum styli come topped with the sturdiest-ever carbon fiber-enriched silicon tip that the line has ever seen, ensuring an uninterrupted digital input experience.

Ready to do whatever you want on the iPad? Buy the Bamboo Stylus fineline, Bamboo Stylus Solo and Bamboo Stylus Duo now from the Wacom Store. Preorder the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and be the first to get it when it arrives in October. Get stoked! The iPad styli options you've been waiting for are now waiting for you.