Is second-generation Apple Pencil compatible with an older iPad?

Is second-generation Apple Pencil compatible with an older iPad?

Best answer: No, the second generation Apple Pencil does not work with older iPad Pro models; however, you can still buy the original Apple Pencil.B&H: Apple Pencil ($99)

Can't support new features

The new features of the second generation Apple Pencil aren't designed to work with the older iPad Pro models. A prime example is a way each Apple Pencil charges.

The original Apple Pencil charged via the Lightning connection, which is hidden under the cap, and you would plug it into the port of your iPad Pro to charge it up. The new Apple Pencil automatically pairs, physically connects (via magnets), and wirelessly charges from the side of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 11-inch iPad Pro.

With no magnets on the side or wireless charging in place, the older iPad Pro models can't make use of the new Apple Pencil.

Older version still for sale

The good news is if you're looking for the older version of the Apple Pencil, it's still available! The old Apple Pencil works with the following iPad models:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first generation)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad (6th generation)
Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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