Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) review

Apple's most powerful Pencil doesn't come cheap, but it's incredibly easy to use.

Apple Pencil 2 on blue background
(Image: © Rosie Hilder)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Apple Pencil 2 is Apple's best Pencil, and it has a range of features including pressure sensitivity, double-tap to change tools and Apple Pencil hover. Pairing and charging it is simple, as it magnetically attaches to the long edge of the iPad, and it is ideal for precise work. Whether you decide to buy it over the other Pencils will largely depend on compatibility, use and cost.


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    Easy to use

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    Magnetic charging/pairing

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    Pressure sensitivity


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    Most expensive Apple Pencil

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    Controls still fairly limited

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The Apple Pencil 2 came out in November 2018. At the time, it was much lauded as a worthy upgrade from the previous Apple Pencil 1. It did away with some of the issues users had with the first Pencil – namely the removable tip that was easy to lose, and the awkward charging. It also has a matte finish compared with the first Pencil's more glossy look, and one flat edge so it's much less likely to roll away. 

But now that there's a new kid on the block – the Apple Pencil USB-C, which came out in November 2023 and costs $79 / £79 – does the Apple Pencil 2, at $129 / £139, still stack up? Is it still a worthy choice for photographers and other creatives? And how does it compare to the latest model? 

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Length6.53 inches (166mm)
Diameter0.35 inch (8.9mm)
Weight0.73 oz (20.7g)
CompatibilityiPad Pro 12.9 (3rd gen or higher), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen or higher), iPad Air (4th gen or higher), iPad mini (6th gen)

The Logitech Crayon is sold via Apple and costs less than the cheapest Apple Pencil. There's no pressure sensitivity but this stylus does adjust line weight automatically.

Apple Pencil USB-C

The Apple Pencil USB-C is ideal for precision work. It doesn't have pressure sensitivity but it does magnetically attach to your iPad (though it doesn't charge there).

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie is Deputy Editor on Digital Camera World's sister site, Creative Bloq. Over the past decade, she's worked as Deputy Editor for Time Out Buenos Aires, as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life, and freelanced for the likes of Woman& In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site and writes about design, tech, art, and more.