While both generations of Apple Pencil offer pixel-perfect precision, tilt and pressure sensitivity, and barely noticeable lag, there are some critical differences between them. For most prospective Apple Pencil owners, one of the key concerns they encounter is compatibility.
When Apple introduced then second-generation Apple Pencil, it announced that the new pencil would not work with older iPad models. In the same vein, while the first-generation Apple Pencil works for older iPad models, it is incompatible with many later iPad models.
So, here’s a look at which Apple Pencil generation works for each iPad model.
What iPad Models Are Compatible With the Apple Pencil 1?
Priced at $99, the first-generation Apple Pencil has a smooth finish with no options for engraving. Unlike the Apple Pencil 2, the Apple Pencil 1 is incapable of wireless charging. However, there’s more than one way to charge an Apple Pencil using its lightning port.
Here are all the iPad models that are compatible with the Apple Pencil 1:
- iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
What iPad Models Are Compatible With the Apple Pencil 2?
In 2018, Apple launched 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 feature to change tools. For compatible iPad models, the second-generation Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to the side of the iPad to charge.
Here are all the iPad models that are compatible with Apple Pencil 2:
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
Find the Right Apple Pencil for You
Before buying an Apple Pencil, make sure that it works for your particular iPad model first. To do that, go to Settings > General > About on your iPad. The first-generation Apple Pencil has been around for a while now and is still the only compatible model for many older and 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.