Although the Apple Pencil 2 offers a number of practical improvements and additional features over the Apple Pencil 1, it is disappointing for many Apple users that it is not compatible with every iPad model.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 Confusing for new iPad users
- 2 How do I tell the difference between Pencil 1 and 2?
- 3 How do I know which iPad I have?
- 4 Compatible iPad Models for Apple Pencil 1
- 5 Compatible iPad Models for Apple Pencil 2
- 6 Apple Pencil 2 vs. Pencil 1 – which is better?
- 7 Which Apple Pencil should I choose?
- 8 Similar posts
Confusing for new iPad users
I've found this to be frustrating over the past few months, especially for users who want to buy an Apple Pencil with an iPad but don't know exactly which iPad model they can use with which Pencil.
Especially for beginners it is incomprehensible why Apple is taking a two-pronged approach here and I am sure that one or the other will buy the wrong pencil for the iPad. The correct pencil is always suggested during the ordering process on the Apple website, but this is not the case in other shops.
How do I tell the difference between Pencil 1 and 2?
This is relatively easy if you pay attention to the following characteristics:
- The Apple Pencil 1 is completely round like a tube, has a metal ring and a removable cover on the back, under which the Lightning connector is hidden.
- The Apple Pencil 2 has a flattened area that allows you to stick it to the side of compatible iPads. There is no removable cover at the back and overall the Pencil 2 has a slimmer design.
How do I know which iPad I have?
This works in the following way:
Settings → About → Model name
Alternatively, you can also put a model number on the back of the iPad with which you via this subpage at Apple Find out which iPad you own.
Compatible iPad models for the Apple Pencil 1
Here you will find a table with all iPad models that are compatible with the Apple Pencil 1.
|iPad model||Generation||Publishing year|
|iPad Pro 9,7 inches||1st gen||2016|
|iPad Pro 10,5 inches||1st gen||2017|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||1st gen||2015|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||2st gen||2017|
|iPad Air||3st gen||2019|
|iPad Mini||5st gen||2019|
Compatible iPad models for the Apple Pencil 2
Here you will find a table with all iPad models that are compatible with the Apple Pencil 2.
|iPad model||Generation||Publishing year|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||3st gen||2018|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||4st gen||2020|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||5st gen||2021|
|iPad Pro 12,9 inches||6st gen||2022|
|iPad Pro 11,0 inches||1st gen||2018|
|iPad Pro 11,0 inches||2st gen||2020|
|iPad Pro 11,0 inches||3st gen||2021|
|iPad Pro 11,0 inches||4st gen||2022|
|iPad Air||4nd gen||2020|
|iPad Air||5st gen||2022|
|iPad mini||6st gen||2021|
Apple Pencil 2 vs. Pencil 1 – which is better?
The Apple Pencil 2 offers several new features and improvements over the Apple Pencil 1. Here are some of the key differences:
- Magnetic charging: The Apple Pencil 2 can be magnetically attached to the iPad Pro and charged wirelessly, which is convenient and safe, and allows for fast charging.
- Touch gesture: The Apple Pencil 2 features a new touch gesture that allows users to switch between different tools with a double tap, allowing for faster and easier operation.
- Design: Apple Pencil 2 has a new design with a matte finish and a slimmer profile compared to Apple Pencil 1, making it more comfortable to hold and use.
- Precision: The Apple Pencil 2 offers even greater precision than the Apple Pencil 1, allowing for improved accuracy and even better performance in creative applications.
- Bluetooth pairing: The Apple Pencil 2 connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, which allows for a faster and easier connection than the Apple Pencil 1, which needs to be connected via a Lightning connector.
- Using Tap Gestures: The Apple Pencil 2 also allows users to easily switch tools or perform other actions by tapping or double-tapping the pen in specific ways.
- hover function: The Apple Pencil 2 has a hover function, which allows users to hold the stylus close to the iPad display to preview features and options without actually having to tap the stylus on the display.
Which Apple Pencil should I use?
Overall, the Apple Pencil 2 offers improved functionality and operation compared to the Apple Pencil 1, especially with the magnetic attachment, the touch gesture and the higher precision.
If you frequently use creative applications or simply want improved operation, you should definitely buy the Apple Pencil 2 and a compatible iPad. The investment is definitely worth it.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
2 Responses to “Apple Pencil 1 and 2 – which one works with which iPad?”
Excellent! That's really helpful. Thank you for this contribution. I'm a real Sir Apfelot fan!
Hello Renate! That makes me happy. I admit the post was a bit selfish too, because people keep asking me which iPad to get and now I can quickly see which pencil to use. :)