Apple Pencil 2 review

The Apple Pencil 2 is the best stylus for iPad – but it'll cost you.

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Our Verdict

The Apple Pencil 2 is the best stylus available for iPad, and a vast improvement on the original. Magnetic charging, tap controls and a clean design make it a compelling choice for designers, and iOS tweaks mean it's improving all the time. But high price and limited compatibility mean it won't quite be for everyone.

For

  • Quality design
  • Convenient charging
  • Brilliant drawing experience

Against

  • High price
  • No replacement tips included
  • Not compatible with every iPad

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Apple Pencil 2: Compatibility

The Apple Pencil 2 is compatible with the following iPad models:


iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)
iPad Pro 11-inch (2021)
iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)
iPad Air (2020)

Steve Jobs famously hated styluses. "Who wants a stylus?" He scoffed during the reveal of the original iPhone in 2007. Fast-forward 14 years, and, here we are writing an Apple Pencil 2 review. It seems plenty of iPad users want a stylus – and when the official offering is as good as this, who can blame them?

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Apple Pencil (2018)

The Apple Pencil 2 is the best stylus available for iPad, and a vast improvement on the original. Magnetic charging, tap controls and a clean design make it a compelling choice for designers, and iOS tweaks mean it's improving all the time. But high price and limited compatibility mean it won't quite be for everyone.

Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.