Should You Buy Apple Pencil on Prime Day 2022?

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide to everything you need to know and how to find the best deals.

Short answer: Yes, you should buy an Apple Pencil if it’s $70 or less and the Apple Pencil 2 if it’s $99 or less during the Prime Early Access Sale. Sales like it and Prime Day are a great time to buy an Apple Pencil as they are rare examples of sales that offer a bunch of steep discounts on Apple products. 

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 Early Access Sale is going to be worth shopping. It promises Prime Day-like savings on consumer electronics for Prime members meaning it is likely to be a rare opportunity to save on Apple gear in particular. 

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 any discount offered during this year’s second Prime Day sale compares 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 its record low price of $99 a few times in the past. Hopefully, we will see similar savings during the Prime Early Access Sale. 

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.

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