Best answer: Every model of iPad that Apple currently sells works with an Apple Pencil. The entry-level iPad and iPad mini 5 all work with the first-generation pencil, while the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models and iPad Air 4 work with the second-generation pencil.
All current-generation Apple iPads support some version of Apple Pencil
With the release of the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5 in 2019, all of Apple’s current generation iPads, from mini to Pro, supported some version of Apple Pencil. Thankfully, now with the releases of the iPad Air 4, iPad 2020, and newer versions of the iPad Pro, that’s still true.
Note that while an iPad supports the first generation pencil, at this time it will not support the second generation, and vice versa.
Which iPads support the first generation Apple Pencil?
The following iPad models (current and past) support the first generation Apple Pencil:
- iPad Pro, 12.9 inch (2015)
- iPad Pro, 9.7 inches (2016)
- iPad Pro, 10.5-inch (2017)
- iPad Pro, 12.9 inch (2017)
- iPad (2018)
- iPad Air 3 (2019)
- iPad mini 5 (2019)
- iPad (2019)
- iPad (2020)
The first generation Apple Pencil has a cap concealing a Lightning connector, which plugs into the Lightning port of these iPads for quick pairing and charging. Apple Pencil can also be charged using the included Lightning adapter, which has two Lightning ports, one where you plug the pencil and the other where you plug a Lightning cable.
Which iPads support the second generation Apple Pencil?
The number of iPads supporting the second-generation Apple Pencil increased in 2020, expanding to include the iPad Air:
- iPad Pro, 11 inches (2018)
- iPad Pro, 12.9 inch (2018)
- iPad Pro, 11 inches (2020)
- iPad Pro, 12.9 inch (2020)
- iPad Air 4 (2020)
With the exception of the removable tip, the second generation Apple Pencil is a solid piece. There is no cap to remove and no Lightning connector. Instead, the pencil magnetically attaches to either side of the iPad Pro or iPad Air for inductive charging. This is also how you pair the Pencil with a new compatible iPad. It snaps into place, asks to pair, and begins to charge.
For most iPads
Apple Pencil (First generation)
A great stylus that works with almost all current iPads.
This highly responsive stylus is ideal for drawing, handwriting, and even using as a pointing device. Works with entry level iPad and iPad mini 5 from Apple’s current iPad lineup.
For iPad Pro
Apple Pencil (second generation)
Sticks to the side of your iPad Pro (2018)
Supporting the 2018/2020 iPad Pro and iPad Air 4, the second-generation Apple Pencil works just like the first-generation model, adding a gesture area that accepts double taps to change the tool you’re using in your current application. Couples and charges via an inductive magnetic charging point on compatible iPads.
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