Apr 16, 2019

PSA: Second-Gen Apple Pencil Could Interference Your Car Key Fob While Charging

Apple updated its Support document for the second generation of Apple Pencil on April 15th, which it add a statement and claiming that the second generation Apple Pencil and iPad Pro 2018 will have abnormal interference on the car key fob, if you are using the second generation Apple Pencil charging while the vehicle's keyless entry system is nearby, it could crash the keyless entry system.


This is usually the case when the second-gen Apple Pencil is attached to the 2018 iPad Pro and is charging. If the Apple Pencil is fully charged, there shouldn't be any interference. Accordingly, it is recommended that in order to prevent users from finding an occasion that cannot unlock the car, it is best to keep the car key away from the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, or directly remove the Apple Pencil from the iPad Pro.
If you're charging your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with your iPad Pro and your car's keyless entry device (key fob) is nearby, signal interference might prevent you from unlocking your car with your key fob. If this happens, you can simply move your iPad Pro away from the key fob or remove your Apple Pencil from your iPad Pro and store it separately. When Apple Pencil is finished charging, any resulting signal interference will cease.
As far as we concerned, the charging technology used by the second generation Apple Pencil is an open Qi standard, perhaps it's the frequency band of the electromagnetic microwave interferes with the car key fob. Other Qi wireless charging devices are likely to cause the same result, so when you use the device for wireless charging, just be aware that you may not be able to open the door or fire the engine.

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