Find out which Apple Pencil is compatible with your iPad before buying one.
While both generations of Apple Pencil offer pixel-perfect precision, tilt and pressure sensitivity, and barely perceptible lag, there are critical differences between them. For most potential Apple Pencil owners, one of the biggest concerns they encounter is compatibility.
When Apple introduced the second-generation Apple Pencil, it announced that the new Pencil would not work with older iPad models. Along the same lines, while the first-generation Apple Pencil works for older iPad models, it is incompatible with many later iPad models.
So here’s an overview of which generation of Apple Pencil works for each iPad model.
Which iPad models are compatible with the Apple Pencil 1?
Priced at $99, the first-generation Apple Pencil has a smooth finish with no engraving options. Unlike the Apple Pencil 2, the Apple Pencil 1 is unable to charge wirelessly. However, there are several ways to charge an Apple Pencil using its Lightning port.
Here are all the iPad models compatible with the Apple Pencil 1:
- iPad (6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Which iPad models are compatible with the Apple Pencil 2?
In 2018, Apple released the Apple Pencil 2. Priced at $129, the second-generation Apple Pencil comes with a matte finish and free engraving. Unlike the Apple Pencil 1, the Apple Pencil 2 has a double-tap function to switch tools. For compatible iPad models, the second-generation Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to the side of the iPad for charging.
Here are all the iPad models compatible with Apple Pencil 2:
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
Find the Apple Pencil that’s right for you
Before buying an Apple Pencil, first make sure it works for your particular iPad model. To do this, go to Settings > General > About on your iPad. The first-generation Apple Pencil has been around for quite some time and remains the only compatible model for many older, more affordable iPad models.
For those looking to upgrade to a newer iPad mini, iPad Pro, or iPad Air, you’ll need to purchase a new second-generation Apple Pencil to go along with it.
Here are the best apps for Apple Pencil. There are many great options for drawing, taking notes, and more.
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