A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.
Many designers who use the iPad Pro in their work say that the feel of the Pencil on the Pro screen is as good a drawing experience as you will find. However, for those like me who don’t have the steady hand of an experienced digital artist or designer, the ultra-smooth feel of the iPad’s screen can be a little too much of a good thing. I personally find control to be more difficult than with traditional pen and paper, so the PaperLike sounds absolutely perfect for me.
As you can see in the photo above, the PaperLike also cuts down on screen glare. It remains to be seen if there is any negative impact that comes with this, as some matte screen protectors can mute colors or reduce screen clarity. However, if it cuts glare with little to no negative impact, then I will very pleased. The description on the Kickstarter page also states that the PaperLike cuts down on smudges and other finger marks. This is a problem for many good and/or expensive screen protectors, so if the PaperLike can roll all of these features into one affordable cover, I will be very impressed.
I am usually very hesitant when it comes to Kickstarters. I have good reason, as I backed the Ouya years ago, and was pretty underwhelmed when I recieved the final product MONTHS later. However, this particular campaign is already fully funded 10 times over, and is a much more modest product than many of the more ambitious gadgets we have seen in the past. We are only talking about a screen film in two sizes- one for the 9.7″ iPad Pro, and another for the 12.9″ model. This should be much easier to pull off than other campaigns that have famously failed, or didn’t meet expectations.
As always with a Kickstarter, buyer beware. However, at only $18 or $20, depending on screen size, you don’t have much to lose. And if this product fits the description, it will be a very useful accessory for may iPad Pro users. The estimated delivery time is June, so I am going to take the plunge myself, and back the 12.9″ version. If it does arrive at my doorstep as planned, I will be sure to write a full review on it.
The details on the PaperLike Kickstarter campaign can be found here. If anyone else takes the plunge, be sure to let me know in the Comments below, on Flipboard, our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.