Apple has brought the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil to the award winning Hollywood filmmakers at Pixar, thus giving the Pixar staff an early chance to test the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. Michael Johnson, the lead of a Pixar team that creates the tools for animating its movies, said the following on Twitter:
"Lovely of our friends from Apple to stop by to let us take iPad Pro & Pencil for a test drive"
Johnson also claimed that the Pro had "perfect palm rejection as far as we were able to see." This is an essential feature for handwriting or illustrating, since touchscreens usually can't distinguish a palm from the tip of a finger or stylus.
When Apple unveiled the iPad Pro, it didn't show a hand resting on its screen, which had many wondering about the ability of the device to handle palm-rejection. But this doesn't seem to be the case, according to Pixar's comments.
Johnson’s team focuses on developing tools used in the early stages of movie development, and they try to “understand the best way to jumpstart the process of quickly building the prototypes of our films.” Apple wants the the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to be used by creative, so who knows, maybe they will indeed play a role in future animations.
Also, let's not forget about the connections between the two companies. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was once the CEO of Pixar, and current Disney CEO Bob Iger sits on the Apple board.
The iPad Pro is due to ship sometime in November, and features a 12.9-inch screen specifically designed to be more responsive to touch input. The Pencil is a separate accessory that will cost $99.