Finding the lowest Apple Pencil prices isn't easy with how popular they are. The demand for Apple's own stylus is still as high as ever, so it's not surprising they hold their worth well. This page pulls in all the best deals that are currently live so you know you're getting the Pencil for as cheap as possible.
Both the first and second generation of the Apple Pencil still hold their value well, and Apple themselves rarely put them on sale. The first generation Pencil sells for $99/£89 and the second Generation for $129/£119 directly from Apple. However, you can find some good deals from third-party retailers pretty frequently. The best deal we've seen recently took the Apple Pencil 2 down to $99/£84.99.
We have hands on reviews of both the Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 if you want to know the details about each generation. We also dive into the differences in our page on the Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil. We understand the Apple Pencils are still expensive, so why not check out our guide to the best Apple Pencil alternatives for some other non-Apple options.
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The newer Apple Pencil 2 makes a number of improvements to the first Gen stylus, with a sleek new design and magnetic charging. The Pencil 2 includes a flat edge which means it is less likely to roll off surfaces and it can magnetically clip onto the side of your iPad for charging. As the newer of the two devices, it doesn't come in for reductions as often as its older sibling (below), and even in cheap Apple Pencil deals, savings are likely to be around $10/£10. The improved tilt and pressure precision make it feel easier than ever to create artwork whilst feeling like you're drawing with a real pencil.
We normally see the best deals during big events like Prime Day and Black Friday, so be sure to keep an eye out during these occasions. We'll make sure to keep this page updated with any deals that are live right now.
The first Gen Apple Pencil was released alongside the first iPad Pro in 2015. Since that means it's now getting on a bit, it's cheaper than the newer Apple Pencil 2 and tends to see the lowest of the Apple Pencil prices. It may be older but this pencil still houses some great tech that makes it a good tool for any digital artist using the iPad. The first generation Apple Pencil charges up by plugging directly into your iPad using the lighting connection. This is also the method for pairing your Pencil to the iPad. A good advantage of the original Pencil is that it charges quickly – about 15 seconds of charging will get you an impressive 30 minutes of use. Fully charged, it has roughly 12 hours of usage time.
An advantage it has over its newer counterpart is that it comes with a spare nib in the box. This replacement ensures you get as much use as possible from your Pencil if the original nib wears down over time.
What devices do Apple Pencils work on?
The Apple Pencil 1 was released in November 2015 and is compatible with iPad Air (3rd Gen); iPad mini (5th Gen); iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd Gen); iPad Pro 10.5-inch; iPad Pro 9.7-inch; and the iPad, right up to the 9th Gen.
The Apple Pencil 2 was released in November 2018 and is compatible with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Gen and later) and the iPad Pro 11-inch (1st Gen and later), the iPad Air (4th Gen and later) and the iPad mini (6th Gen).
How much is an Apple Pencil?
At retail, the Apple Pencil 1 will set you back $99/£89, and the Apple Pencil 2 $129/£119. The first Gen device comes with an extra tip and a Lightning adapter in the box. It's rare to see very big discounts on either device, even in the best Apple Pencil deals, but retailers such as Amazon and Walmart regularly knock $10/£10 off the Apple Pencil 1 and occasionally off the Apple Pencil 2, and sometimes slightly more during special sales events such as Black Friday and Apple Memorial Day sale 2022 (coming soon!). Apple itself is unlikely to offer discounts.
What does Apple Pencil do?
The Apple Pencil is a versatile digital stylus pen that's perfect for everything from sketching ideas and creating illustrations and paintings to taking notes, editing spreadsheets, annotating or marking up documents. It ranks top of the crop in our guide to the best iPad styluses and is arguably the best general consumer stylus yet designed. It’s fantastic to use, with pressure and tilt sensitivity making it quick and easy to sketch ideas, create stunning images, taking rapid notes and more.
How do you use Apple Pencil with an iPad?
You use an Apple Pencil much like a traditional pencil. It allows you to vary line weight to create realistic and subtle shading, and produce a wide range of artistic effects with impressive accuracy. Drawing feels natural, with no lag to ruin the illusion, and setup is a breeze. You just pop the cap off to reveal a Lightning connector, and plug it into your iPad Pro. (That's also how you charge the first Gen Pencil, while Apple Pencil 2 simply attaches to the side of your iPad and does the work for you).
What programs can you use Apple Pencil with?
The Apple Pencil works with a range of art and design iOS apps including various apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud (opens in new tab) suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and Fresco are available for iPad), Sketch, Procreate, Affinity Photo and many more. For more recommendations, see our pick of the best iPad Pro apps for Apple Pencil.