What iPads are Compatible with the New Apple Pencil Pro

In Short
  • The Apple Pencil Pro has been unveiled alongside the OLED iPad Pro and iPad Air at the Let Loose event.
  • The new Pencil Pro is only compatible with the new 11-inch and 13-inch M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air.
  • Apple's new stylus supports new gestures, haptic feedback, and Find My support, among other things.

Apple held its first hardware event of 2024 today, focused entirely on updating its iPad lineup. The company unveiled two new iPads at its ‘Let Loose’ event after nearly two years. Alongside their OLED iPad Pro and iPad Air models, Apple introduced a new ‘Apple Pencil Pro’ with some exciting new features. So, for those wondering if the Pro stylus will only work with the new iPads or if they can use it with existing iPads too, we have the answer for you.

Apple Pencil Pro Compatibility List

During the ‘Let Loose’ event livestream, the brand revealed that the new Apple Pencil Pro will be compatible with the following iPad models:

  • 13-inch iPad Pro M4
  • 11-inch iPad Pro M4
  • 13-inch iPad Air M2
  • 11-inch iPad Air M2

As you can tell, Apple is limiting support for the new Pencil Pro to its latest iPad lineup that was unveiled at the event today. We expected the company to add support for all recent M-series chip-powered iPads to the Pro pencil, but alas, that’s not the case. This news is more disappointing for previous-gen iPad Pro users since their tablet is powered by the same chipset as the new iPad Air, the Apple M2.

Priced at $129, the new Apple Pencil comes with Find My support to make it easier to locate the stylus when you misplace it. The highlight is the new barrel roll and squeeze gestures, though. The former reads when you rotate the pencil to change the direction of the brush or pen tool. The latter lets you open in-app palettes to change tools or colors. Apple Pencil Pro also brings haptic feedback support.

The new iPads and Apple Pencil Pro join the Macbook Air M3 (benchmarks) from earlier this year. While these hardware announcements are exciting, I’m looking forward to WWDC 2024, which is only a month away now. I am itching to see how Apple implements Generative AI to deliver brand-new features and innovations on iOS 18, iPadOS, and Mac.

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