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Should You Buy an Apple Pencil on Prime Day?

Thinking of picking up Apple's sleek iPad stylus during Amazon's big sales event? Here's our best advice.

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Short answer: Yes, if you're looking to get your hands on an Apple Pencil, Prime Day could be a good time to buy if the price is right. However, make sure that you're choosing the one that's compatible with your iPad, since there are two versions still on sale.

Should you buy an Apple Pencil on Prime Day?

Whether you're looking for an Apple Pencil deal specifically or planning some other tech purchase soon, Amazon's Prime Day sale is worth shopping. It offers some of the year's best deals on consumer electronics for Prime members, meaning it's a rare opportunity to save on Apple gear in particular. 

This year's October Prime Day officially kicks off on Oct. 10 and expectations are that there will be deals across a range of Apple devices and accessories, including the humble Apple Pencil.

That being said, unlike Apple's hero products such as the iPhone, iPad and Mac, peripheral products and accessories like the Apple Pencil can see discounts periodically throughout the year. We have seen both Apple Pencil variants hit record-low prices outside of major sales, so it's worth checking how the discounts offered during this year's Prime Day sale compare with previous deals. 

Apple Pencil price tracking

We track Apple Pencil pricing throughout the year and alert our readers whenever a noteworthy deal comes around. 

The lowest we have seen the original model go at Amazon is $70, down from its $99 retail price, and the Apple Pencil 2 has hit a record low price of $85 in the past. Right now, Amazon's prices aren't quite as impressive, but they're still cheaper than buying direct from Apple.

Which Apple Pencil is right for my iPad?

You may already know there are two different Apple Pencil models available, but you may be less clear on exactly which one is right to use with your iPad. To help make it easier for you to snag the right Apple Pencil on Prime Day, we've outlined the compatibility below. 

First-gen Apple Pencil

  • iPad Mini (5th Generation)
  • iPad (6th Generation and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd Generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd Generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Second-gen Apple Pencil

  • iPad mini (6th Generation)
  • iPad Air (4th Generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st Generation and later)

If you're struggling to identify which iPad model you have, Apple has an easy guide to help you figure it out.