Which iPad models support Apple Pencil?


Which iPad models support Apple Pencil?

Best answer: Every model of iPad currently sold by Apple works with an Apple Pencil. The entry-level iPad is the only running iPad that works with the first generation Apple Pencil. iPad Air 5, iPad mini 6 and 2021 versions of iPad Pro all work with the second generation Apple Pencil. Original pencil: Apple Pencil (first generation) (opens in a new tab) ($89 at Amazon) Tracking Pencil: Apple Pencil (second generation) (opens in a new tab) ($119 on Amazon)

All of Apple’s current-generation iPads support some version of the 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 the Apple Pencil. Luckily, now with the releases of the iPad Air 5, iPad mini 6, and the latest versions of the iPad Pro, that’s still true.

Note that if an iPad supports the first generation Apple Pencil, 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-inch (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)
  • iPad (2021)

The first-generation Apple Pencil has a cap that conceals a Lightning connector, which plugs into the Lightning port on these iPads for quick pairing and charging. The Apple Pencil can also be charged using the included Lightning adapter, which has two Lightning ports, one where you plug the Apple 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 has increased dramatically in recent years:

  • iPad Pro, 11-inch (2018)
  • iPad Pro, 12.9-inch (2018)
  • iPad Pro, 11-inch (2020)
  • iPad Pro, 12.9-inch (2020)
  • iPad Air 4 (2020)
  • iPad Pro, 11-inch (2021)
  • iPad Pro, 12.9-inch (2021)
  • iPad Air 5 (2022)

The second-generation Apple Pencil is made of one solid piece, except for the detachable tip. There’s no cap to remove and no Lightning connector. Instead, the Apple Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to either side of the iPad Pro or iPad Air for inductive charging. This is also how you pair the Apple Pencil with a new compatible iPad. It simply snaps on, asks to be paired, and starts charging.

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