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Apple produces a lot of different electronics, and a couple of years ago it introduced the first iPad Pro, the main feature of which was support for the Apple Pencil branded stylus, which connects via Bluetooth and can be used, for example, to create handwritten notes, draw, design, or solve some other tasks. Alas, you can use this stylus only with a limited number of company tablets, however, as it turned out, all owners of any iPhone can use it.
One of the residents of the United States, an ardent fan of Apple, has found a unique way to use the Pencil stylus with any iPhone and iPad. Over, for this you do not even need to spend any money and buy any additional devices. Only an accessory for drawing is required, as well as an ordinary napkin. The latter needs to be slightly moistened, and then wrap it around the tip of the stylus.
If everything was done correctly, the Apple Pencil stylus gets compatibility with any iPhone and iPad, that is, even with models that do not support it. Yes, it sounds a little wild, but this way of using one of the most expensive accessories of the “apple” corporation can really be used. Instead of a napkin, you can use some other material that has similar properties.
The whole secret is that current is transmitted through a damp cloth, to which the capacitive screen installed in all iPhone and iPad models reacts. Due to this, an effect is achieved in which you can use the expensive Apple Pencil stylus in tandem with any devices, including those not even released by the “apple” corporation. In any case, the enthusiast proved that Apple could very well make its proprietary stylus much more universal, allowing it to be used at least in the mode of limited functionality.
The official announcement of the iPad 9.7 (2018) happened earlier. This is the most affordable Apple tablet with full support for the Pencil stylus.
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Quick response: All iPad models available from Apple resellers support Apple Pencil. IPad, iPad Air 3, and iPad mini 5 support the first-generation Pencil, and the iPad Pro 2018 supports the second-generation Pencil.
All iPads of the current generation of Apple support a specific version of the Apple Pencil.
The current generation of iPad tablets from mini to Pro, including the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5, support a certain version of Apple Pencil. Please note that if the iPad supports Pencil of the first generation, then it does not support the second generation, and vice versa.
Which iPads support the first generation of Apple Pencil?
The following iPad models (current and past) support the first-generation Apple Pencil:
- IPad Pro 12.9-inch (2015)
- IPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016)
- IPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017)
- IPad Pro 12.9-inch (2017)
- IPad (2018)
- IPad Air 3 (2019)
- IPad mini 5 (2019)
The first generation Apple Pencil has a cap that conceals the Lightning connector, which plugs into the Lightning port on the iPad for pairing and charging. The Apple Pencil can also be charged using the included Lightning adapter, it has two Lightning ports, one connects the Pencil, and the other a Lightning cable.
Which iPads support the second generation Apple Pencil?
So far, only two iPads support the second generation Apple Pencil:
- IPad Pro 11-inch (2018)
- IPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
With the exception of the removable tip, the second-generation Apple Pencil represents a single, integral element. It has no cover to remove and no Lightning connector.
Learn how to pair, use, and charge your Apple Pencil.
What generation Apple Pencil is supported by your iPad?
Find out which generation Apple Pencil is compatible with your iPad.
Apple Pencil (1st generation)
If you have an Apple Pencil (1st generation), you can use it with the following iPad models.
- IPad Air (3rd generation)
- IPad mini (5th generation)
- IPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
- IPad Pro 10.5 inches
- IPad Pro 9.7 inches
- IPad (6th generation)
- IPad (7th generation)
Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
If you have an Apple Pencil (2nd generation), you can use it with the following iPad models.
- IPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- IPad Pro 11 inches
If you don’t know which iPad model you have, see this article.
Pairing Apple Pencil (1st Generation) and iPad
If you have an Apple Pencil (1st generation), remove the cap from it and insert the tool into the Lightning connector on the iPad.
When the Create Pair button appears, click it.
The pair created with the Apple Pencil is retained until you restart your iPad, turn on airplane mode, or pair with another iPad. If necessary, simply pair again.
Pairing Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) and iPad
If you have an Apple Pencil (2nd generation), attach it to the magnetic mount on the side of the iPad Pro as follows.
Using Apple Pencil
Using the Apple Pencil, you can write, take notes and draw directly in the built-in programs and programs from the App Store. Some programs, such as Notes, support the functions of creating diagrams and sketches.
On iPadOS, the updated toolbar can be moved around the screen or reduced to get more space for creating diagrams and sketches. Use the Ruler tool to draw straight lines that you can then rotate with your fingers. Wrong? Now you can erase objects or even individual pixels.
To create a picture or sketch in Notes, follow these steps:
- Open the Notes program.
- Click to create another note.
- To add a scheme, click the icon. If you do not see the icon, update the Notes program. Click to start drawing.
- Start drawing. You can choose any of the available tools for painting and flowers, and in case of an error, use the eraser. Double-click the eraser to view the erase options on your iPad. While drawing, the Apple Pencil can be tilted to make the line more expressive, and increase the pressure to make the line darker.
If you draw an Apple Pencil at the edge of the screen, then iOS and iPadOS do not activate “Control Point”, “Notification Center” or “Multitasking”. You can draw anywhere on the screen without any interference.
Double Touch Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
The Apple Pencil (2nd generation) allows you to double-tap the bottom of it to quickly switch to the tool you used last. To change the settings for double-tap, go to the “Settings” Apple Pencil and select one of the following options.
- Switch between current tool and eraser
- Switch between current tool and previous
- Color palette display
- Does not burn
Double-tap only works in supported programs (for example, “Notes”).
Charging Apple Pencil (1st generation)
To charge the Apple Pencil (1st generation), plug it into the Lightning connector on your iPad. You can also charge it through the USB power adapter that came with the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil will charge quickly from any of these power sources.
You can see the Apple Pencil charge level in the Widgets view on the iPad.
Charging Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
To charge the Apple Pencil (2nd generation), make sure that the iPad is turned on Bluetooth. Then attach the Apple Pencil to the magnetic mount on the right side of the iPad, in the center. 1
You can see the Apple Pencil charge level in the Widgets view on the iPad.
- If you are charging the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) from the iPad Pro and your keyless car access device (electronic opener) is nearby, aliasing may prevent you from opening the car with the electronic opener. In this case, you can simply remove the iPad Pro from the electronic opener or disconnect the Apple Pencil from the iPad Pro and store it separately. When the Apple Pencil is finished charging, any signal overlap will disappear.