A Closer Look: Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2

A Closer Look: Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2

When the first iPad Pro was unveiled, consumers who shared former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ dislike of styluses were a bit skeptical. However, they soon discovered how Apple Pencil 1 had expanded the power of iPad devices! This opened a new path for Apple Pencil’s new creative possibilities. For this reason, Apple decided to create an updated version of the Apple Pencil in 2018.

Knowing the Key Differences Between Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2


In terms of appearance, the Apple Pencil 1 has a rounded and smooth design with a Lightning port on the end that’s used for charging. On the other hand, the second version of the Apple Pencil is smoother and smaller. It’s also more compact than its predecessor because it doesn’t have a charging port at its end.  

Furthermore, Apple Pencil 2 looks more like an actual pencil compared to Apple Pencil 1 because of its flat side and sanded design.

Charging Mechanisms

When it comes to charging mechanisms, one version is different from the other. The first-generation Apple Pencil has a Lightning connector that allows you to plug it into an iPad’s Lightning port whenever you need to charge it. The size of the original Apple Pencil makes charging a little inconvenient for most users. However, the original Apple Pencil also comes with an adapter that enables you to charge it with any Lightning cable.

On the contrary, Apple Pencil 2 is specifically designed to charge inductively through your iPad Pro. All you have to do is place it on the flat area of your iPad’s right side and the charging flow will initiate. While charging, magnets conveniently hold the Apple Pencil 2 onto your iPad.

Device Compatibility

One of the biggest differences between the two versions of Apple Pencil lies in their device compatibility. While the Apple Pencil 1 is compatible with any other Apple product, Apple Pencil 2 can only work with the 2018 iPad Pro models.  

Support for Touch Gestures

While Apple Pencil 1 doesn’t support touch gestures when you’re trying to swap between tools, the Apple Pencil 2 will.

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