Apple currently sells five iPads, and two Apple Pencils. Some of these work together - but which ones?

The company doesn't make things easy. Hilariously, its 'Find the right Apple Pencil for your iPad' page, intended to clear things up, refers to the 2015 and 2018 styluses by exactly the same name.

Luckily we don't have to stick to the official branding, so we can make things simple. In this article we explain exactly which iPads can use which Apple Pencils.

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Which iPads work with which Apple Pencils: 2015 model

Which iPads can use the original Apple Pencil (2015)?

The Apple Pencil (2015) (which you can buy here) has a removable cap with a silver ring, and is perfectly cylindrical and glossy white.

It is compatible with:

  • iPad Air (2019) - buy it here
  • iPad mini (2019) - buy it here
  • iPad 9.7in (2018) - buy it here
  • iPad Pro 12.9in (2017)
  • iPad Pro 12.9in (2015)
  • iPad Pro 10.5in (2017)
  • iPad Pro 9.7in (2016)

Which iPads work with which Apple Pencils: 2018 model

Which iPads can use the new Apple Pencil (2018)?

The Apple Pencil (2018), which you can buy here and is also known as the Apple Pencil 2 or 2nd generation, hasn't got a silver ring or a cap. It's matt white and has one flat edge.

It's compatible with:

Yep. That's it.

Which iPads can't use an Apple Pencil?

By a process of elimination we're left with the following tablets which can't use any model of Apple Pencil at all.

  • iPad 9.7in (2017)
  • iPad mini 4 (2015)
  • iPad mini 3 (2014)
  • iPad mini 2 (2013)
  • iPad mini 1 (2012)
  • iPad Air 2 (2014)
  • iPad Air 1 (2013)
  • iPad 4 (November 2012)
  • iPad 3 (March 2012)
  • iPad 2 (2011)
  • iPad 1 (2010)

But don't worry. You can always read our roundup of the best third-party styluses, and find something that suits you there.