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Attention, iPad owners: Save up to $30 on an Apple Pencil right now

Verizon is offering a solid discount on the first-generation Apple Pencil, while Amazon's got the second-generation Apple Pencil on sale.

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One of the nicest upgrades you can buy for a modern iPad or iPad Pro is the Apple Pencil. It's a sleek, elegant pressure-sensitive stylus that turns Apple's tablets into one of the best portable creative tools on the market. The only problem? It's not a cheap upgrade, adding an extra $100 to $130 on top of the price of the base hardware. Today, that expense is a little smaller: Verizon is selling the first-generation Apple Pencil for $80, while Amazon has the second-generation Apple Pencil for $100. That's a 20% to 23% savings off the retail price.
Now, you'll need to check compatibility first: In Apple's current lineup, all tablets except for the regular iPad require the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation). Apple Pencil compatibility was less uniform in previous years. One thing that might help you tell which Apple Pencil will work with your iPad is to look at the shape of your tablet. Many (but not all) post-2018 iPads that come with an old-school home button are compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. If you have a button-free iPad Pro, however, you'll want to take a look at the second-generation stylus. Check out the deals below before they expire.