What iPad models are compatible with the Apple Pencil?

For art lovers and writing enthusiasts, pairing the iPad with the Apple Pencil has become an essential necessity. In this article, we're going to look at how to choose the right Apple Pencil for your iPad and the different generations of compatible devices.

The Apple Pencil is the accessory most loved by iPad users

Since its debut in 2015, the Apple Pencil has become a must-have accessory for iPad users who want to take their artistic and writing skills to the next level. This accessory has witnessed an important evolution over the years, and today, there are three different Apple Pencil models to choose.

Apple Pencil 1st generation

He Apple Pencil The first generation, launched in 2015, is still a valid option for many users. This pencil includes a cap that hides a Lightning connectorallowing it to be paired and charged on devices with a Lightning port.

The iPads compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil are as follows:

  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation)
  • iPad (10th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple Pencil 2nd generation, a change of features

The second-generation Apple Pencil represents a big leap in terms of performance and convenience, as well as new features. This device can be magnetically attached to the sides of various iPad models for charge wirelesslyincluding iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini.

Magnetic docking capabilities and wireless charging make this Apple Pencil a top choice for those looking for added convenience.

The iPads compatible with the second generation Apple Pencil are as follows:

  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (all generations)

iPad Air + Apple Pencil

USB-C generation, the Apple Pencil of 2023

In November 2023, Apple introduced a version of the Apple Pencil with a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector, marking a major change to this Apple Pencil line. This model is similar to the second generation Apple Pencil and has almost the same functionality but with USB-C compatibility. Some of the features that this model leaves out are pressure sensitivity and magnetic charging. In return, its price is the most affordable of the three models available so far.

The iPads compatible with the Apple Pencil USB-C are as follows:

  • iPad (10th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (all generations)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later)

Apple Pencil Tip

How to choose the right Apple Pencil for your iPad

Considering that there are three different generations of Apple Pencil, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your iPad. Here are some guidelines to help you make the right decision:

  • Check your iPad model to ensure compatibility: First of all, make sure you know the model of your iPad. You can find this information in your device's settings or on the back of the iPad. Once you know the exact model, you can determine which generation of Apple Pencil is compatible.
  • Consider your needs: Think about how you plan to use your iPad and Apple Pencil. If you're a professional artist looking for the best drawing or writing experience, you may want to opt for the second generation of Apple Pencil to take full advantage of the more premium features.
  • Budget: Although the latest generation of Apple Pencil may offer a lower price, it also sacrifices some important features that are available in the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. If your budget is limited and you don't need all the advanced features, the Apple Pencil USB-C may be the best option.