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Cheap Apple Pencil deals: The best Apple Pencil prices in August 2021

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It's an unfortunate truth that cheap Apple Pencil deals are rarer than we'd like. Thanks to the popularity – and quality – of Apple products, both the Apple Pencil 2 and the Apple Pencil 1 retain their value a lot longer than competing styluses. But that doesn't mean there are absolutely no deals on Apple Pencils to be found. You've just got to know where, and when, to look. That's what this page is for.

With Apple having a slew of new iPads enter its ranks, the compatibility and need for an Apple Pencil as an accompaniment to the popular tablet has never been greater. Scroll down to find the best Apple Pencil prices currently available. Looking for something different? There are some great Apple Pencil alternatives too.

The best cheap Apple Pencil prices right now

Get a hold of these first generation Apple Pencils deals for your iPad (including iPad Pro 1st and 2nd generation, and iPad Air 3rd generation). 

If you want magnetic charging, sleek new design, and you have an iPad Pro or iPad Air 4th generation, the Apple Pencil 2 is for you. Here are the best deals...

What devices do Apple Pencils work on?

Apple Pencil has two styluses in its portfolio, the Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 (pretty original names, we know). The first generation Pencil was released in November 2015 and is compatible with 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; and iPad (6th and 7th and 8th generation – including the 10.2-inch model). 

The second generation Apple Pencil was released in November 2018 and is compatible with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later and the iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, as well as the newer iPad Air (4th generation).

If you're not sure which one you need or want, see our Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2 article. 

How much is an Apple Pencil?

The Apple Pencil 1 from the Apple shop will set you back $99/£89, and the Apple Pencil 2 $129/£119. As we mentioned above, it's super-rare to see any significant discounts on either of these, although Amazon regularly knocks £10 off the first gen Apple Pencil. Apple itself is unlikely to offer discounts, but sales such as the Boxing Day and New Year sales should see money knocked off the Apple Pencil.

What is the Apple Pencil used for?

Cheap Apple Pencil: Image: Malika Favre and Sarah Clifford for Apple

Cheap Apple Pencil: Image: Malika Favre and Sarah Clifford for Apple

The Apple Pencil is a versatile digital stylus pen that lets you take notes, sketch ideas, create illustrations and paintings, edit spreadsheets, annotate or mark up documents and more. 

Voted number one in our round up of the best iPad styluses, the Apple Pencil is arguably the most incredible consumer stylus ever designed. It’s fantastic to use, with pressure and tilt sensitivity making it quick and easy to sketch ideas on the best iPad Pro apps, create stunning images, take notes and more.

What’s in the box?

01. An Apple Pencil
02. A Lightning adapter
03. An extra tip

The Apple Pencil operates like a traditional pencil, letting you vary line weight, 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 incredibly easy. 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, the second one you just attach to the side of your iPad and it does the work for you). 

The Apple Pencil works with a range of art and design iOS apps including various apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud  suite, Sketch, Procreate, Affinity Photo and more.

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Beren Neale

Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.