Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Color White
Brand Apple
Material Aluminum
Number of Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Item Weight 0.73 Ounces
Compatible Devices Compatible with iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generations), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations) See more
Item Dimensions LxWxH 6.53 x 0.35 x 0.35 inches
Are Batteries Included Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Item Diameter 0.35 Inches


Apple Pencil (2nd generation) Overview

Apple Pencil (2nd generation) was released alongside the 2018 iPad Pro, and things are a little bit different this time around.

It also has a new matte finish, is thinner, and has one flat side, making it more comfortable to use. Overall, the new Pencil just looks modern in comparison, however the differences in the two models extend past appearance.

Compatibility, Connectivity, and Charging

The first thing prospective Apple Pencil owners will need to know about is compatibility. The new Apple Pencil currently only works with the 2018 iPad Pro and vice versa, since the new iPad Pro has switched over to USB-C, therefore the old Pencil won’t be able to connect to the 2018 models.

If you’ve got any iPad with Apple Pencil support that was released before the 2018 iPad Pro, you’re going to need to buy the original Pencil.

The reason for that is because the second-generation Pencil has a brand new charging system that older iPads simply don’t have the hardware support for.

While the original Apple Pencil required users to connect via Lightning to charge and to pair, the new version can be paired by bringing it close to the side of the new iPad Pro, to its cutout for wireless charging. The Pencil magnetically snaps into place, bringing up a prompt for pairing if it hasn’t been connected before. While at the same time charging the accessory.

Carrying and Cases

The great thing about this new method of charging is that the magnetic connection is very strong, so you can place your iPad into your bag or carry it in your hand without ever having to remove the Pencil. This basically guarantees a full charge every time you go to use it, as long as Bluetooth remains on.

With the old Pencil, charging while carrying your iPad in a bag wasn’t practical since it stuck out quite a bit from the Lightning port. Attaching to the side for charging eliminates this design oddity, and makes it a lot easier to carry. We’ve done a few shake tests and have confirmed that the new Apple Pencil shouldn’t fall off with regular use.


What’s in the Box

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Tech Specs

Length: 6.53 inches (166 mm)

Diameter: 0.35 inch (8.9 mm)

Weight: 0.73 ounce (20.7 grams)



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