Apple Pencil 1 vs 2: which generation of pencil is best for you and your iPad?

Apple Pencil 1 vs 2: Hand drawing with Apple Pencil on iPad featuring colorful artwork
(Image credit: Apple)

If you want to do some photo editing, digital drawing, or other fiddly tasks on your iPad, using your fingers alone can be a clunky and frustrating experience when compared with a stylus. And let's be clear: the best stylus for iPads available today is the Apple Pencil. 

But it's not quite as simple as that, because there are two versions to choose from: the Apple Pencil (First Generation), commonly referred to as the Apple Pencil 1, and the Apple Pencil (Second Generation), usually known as – you guessed it – the Apple Pencil 2.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.