Apple Pencil Compatibility (1st & 2nd Gen)

Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks

If you don’t buy Apple Pencil with your iPad, you’re not taking full advantage of the device. I personally am not a big artist, but nevertheless, I enjoy that I have an Apple Pencil. I take notes regularly and I play some drawing games here and there.

What about Apple Pencil Compatibility? There are multiple variants of iPads – Classic iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro. The tricky part is that not all iPads are compatible with Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2.

So let’s cover which iPad works with which Apple Pencil so there is no misunderstanding, and there is no money wasted.

Apple Pencil 1 Compatibility – Table

ModelRelease DateApple Pencil 1 Compatibility:
iPad Pro 9.7-inch (1st gen)November 11, 2015Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st gen)November 11, 2015Yes
iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2nd gen)June 13, 2017Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd gen)June 13, 2017Yes
iPad (6th gen)March 27, 2018Yes
iPad Air (3rd gen)March 18, 2019Yes
iPad Mini (5th gen)March 18, 2019Yes
iPad (7th gen)September 25, 2019Yes
iPad (8th gen)September 15, 2020Yes
iPad (9th gen)September 14, 2021Yes
iPad (10th gen)October 26, 2022Yes

All of these iPad will be compatible with Apple Pencil 1, but there’s a thing you need to know in case you have the newest iPad 10th generation.

Apple Pencil 1 is charged through the Lightning port. All classic iPad from Gen 1 to Gen 9 had a lightning port, but iPad 10th Gen has a USB-C port, and you won’t be able to charge it.

Credit: Businessinsider

I don’t think Apple thought this through. You will need to buy an Adapter in order to charge your Apple Pencil Gen 1.

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TechMatte Charging Adapter

Adapter that will charge your Apple Pencil 1

Apple Pencil 2 Compatibility – Table

ModelRelease DateApple Pencil 2 Compatibility:
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen)November 7, 2018Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen)November 7, 2018Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd gen)March 25, 2020Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen)March 25, 2020Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen)May 24, 2021Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen)May 24, 2021Yes
iPad Air (4th gen)October 23, 2020Yes
iPad Air (5th gen)March 18, 2022Yes
iPad Mini (6th gen)September 24, 2021Yes
iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen)October 26, 2022Yes
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th gen)October 26, 2022Yes

With Apple Pencil 2, it’s a bit easier. It’s obviously an updated version of Apple Pencil 1, and it has magnetic charging. You attach it to the iPad, and it’s charging. I personally use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2, and I have never even thought about their battery life. It’s always attached to my iPad, and I have a feeling that it doesn’t even need to be charged.

What iPad Do I Have?

Before you buy the right Apple Pencil you need to identify your iPad Model.

If you don’t know which iPad model you have, here are the steps you need to take in order to find out:

  • Settings
  • General
  • About
  • Model Name
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When Was Apple Pencil Released(1st & 2nd Gen)?

Apple Pencil was released in 2015, November & Apple Pencil 2 was released in 2018, November along with the new iPad Pro models, with slight improvements and a new design.

Apple Pencil 2 was released to improve the original model. The biggest improvement was the wireless charging double tap for tool changing, and the design was upgraded as well to make it more modern and intuitive, and arguable the newer design has a better grip. It’s also more durable and more resistant to drops.


Do Apple pencils work on iPhones?

Apple Pencils do not work with iPhones. Apple Pencils are designed specifically for use with iPads and certain iPad Pro models.

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  • Ernests Embutnieks

    I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.