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The best cheap Apple Pencil prices in May 2022

A shot of an Apple Pencil being used on an iPad.
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When it comes to cheap Apple Pencil deals – the lowest Apple Pencil prices that are currently available – this is the best page to refer to. Both of Apple's styluses are very popular, and often when there are deals on either of them, the disappears quickly. That's why we've put this page together, as it's dedicated to pulling in the best live cheap Apple Pencil deals, all from trustworthy retailers. 

It's worth getting your expectations in a suitable place, however. Apple Pencil prices on both the first and second Gen styluses are famous for retaining their value well. That doesn't mean there are no deals on them, but it does mean that they're unlikely to be 50% off! In fact, the very best deal we've ever seen on the Apple Pencil 2 was $99 from Amazon (down from £129). That was during Black Friday though, so if you see that Apple Pencil price now, snap it up! If you want an in-depth dive into each Apple stylus, check out our page on the Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2, and be sure to check out our hands-on Apple Pencil 1 review, and our Apple Pencil 2 review

Looking for an iPad to go with your cheap Apple Pencil deal? Our iPad generations list will help you decide. Meanwhile, if you're looking for choices outside of the Apple Pencil market, see our guide to the best Apple Pencil alternatives. But for now, here are the best cheap Apple Pencil deals on both the Apple Pencil 2 and the Apple Pencil 1. 

The best cheap Apple Pencil 2 deals

The newer Apple Pencil 2 makes a number of improvements to the first Gen stylus, with a sleek new design and magnetic 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 lowest price we've ever seen was $99/£95 in November 2021.

The best cheap Apple Pencil 1 deals

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.

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 on the best iPad Pro apps, 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.

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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.