Apparently the answer is yes: How the iPad Pro stacks up as a photographer’s tool | Macworld
Do realize that Lightroom and Photoshop on the iPad are NOT the real Lightroom and Photoshop, they are extremely limited and only ghosts of what the programs are on the desktop. They can be fun and sometimes even useful but don't expect to be able to have a full workflow on them. You'll still need a desktop computer to sync your work with.
You can use the pencil in place of your finger for most actions on the iPad (other than slide in from the edge actions).
The Pencil is supported with pressure sensitivity for the Adobe mobile apps like Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, and Photoshop Sketch. It's very nice with those apps. Still, it's a long way from a Wacom Cintiq and the full desktop applications. And the full desktop LR and PS do not run on the iPad at all.
Really?! So Wacom is more sensitive and versatile? I've seen them both demonstrated but too briefly to make a judgement. You've used both? Have you used it for Graphic Design, like in Illustrator?
I know the Apple Pencil is sensitive down to a single pixel, and you can use pressure to simulate the work of a real pencil, pen or paint brush.
I knew they were a shadow of the full desktop version, I just didn't know how much of a shadow. If I could do 95% of what I needed that might have been ok. But doing only 10% is definitely not okay. I've decided to go with the full desktop version.
Thank you so much for your help!!!
The Wacom Intuos Pro tablets and the Cintiq displays are magnificent professional products, and the Apple Pencil has a long way to go to come close to the capabilities of the Wacom products. The Wacom pens have sensitivity of 2048 pressure levels, and depending on the pen, can track not only position and tilt, but rotation. Apple doesn't say how many levels of pressure sensitivity the Pencil has, but using both side by side there is a notable difference far in favor of Wacom.
The Apple pencil has no buttons, and requires charging, again in sharp contrast to the Wacom products. If you want to make Illustrator and Photoshop truly dance, you can't go wrong with a Wacom professional tablet or display (I'm excluding the consumer level Wacom tablets here).
That said, the Pencil is far superior to any other stylus available for the iPad. So for me, when I'm working on my iPad, I use my Pencil and love it. When I'm doing serious pixel or vector work on my desktop/laptop, my Wacom pen is firmly in my grasp.
That says it all right there. You've used both and it looks like the Wacom is the way to go. Thank you so much for your excellent review and helping me to decide!