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Which iPads does the Apple Pencil 2 work with?

Last Updated on April 27, 2023
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You’ve probably wondered which iPads work with the Apple Pencil 2. The Apple Pencil 2 is marketed for a more professional user. It skips all the original iPad generations and sticks to be compatible with the more high-end models. In other words, the Apple Pencil 2 works with iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.

iPad Pro 12.9-inch6th generation
5th generation
4th generation
3rd generation
iPad Pro 11-inch4th generation
3rd generation
2nd generation
1st generation
iPad Air5th generation
4th generation
iPad mini6th generation

The new Apple Pencil 2 comes with design enhancements that will allow you to work better with it. However, that does not discredit the previous generation.

The Apple Pencil 1 still offers great bang for the buck, especially for the segment is market to. If you buy the new iPad 10, there’s a big chance you won’t be needing the little increment in performance and the subtle change in shape.

How long does Apple Pencil 2 battery last?

The target market for the Apple Pencil 2 is a designer, an illustrator, and an artist who will be using the high-end qualities of the iPad; given the kind of work this tool will be doing, Apple increase the battery life and upgrade the charging method compatibility. 

The Apple Pencil 2 battery can last for up to 12 hours. However, if it is used continuously on demanding apps, it’s proven to last up to 10 hours.

Once the Pencil’s battery gets too low, you’ll need to charge it. You can do so by just attaching the Pencil magnetically to the side of the iPad, with Bluetooth on the iPad will show you how much battery and time is left for a full charge.

From zero to a hundred the Pencil will take a full hour to charge, and only 15 seconds of charge will give up to 30 minutes of battery life.

Is it okay to leave Apple Pencil on iPad all the time?

The Apple Pencil battery was engineered to be constantly charged. You should always leave your Apple Pencil (1st and 2d generation) docked to your iPad. As a result, you ensure a secure and optimal battery life for your tool. 

In contrast, if you leave your Apple Pencil disconnected from your iPad for a long period of time, it will discharge completely, draining the battery down to zero. This behaviour is what will end in the premature death of the Pencil battery.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows