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The second-gen Apple Pencil falls back to $79 ahead of next week's iPad event

Apple’s second-generation Pencil stylus is back on sale for $79, which matches its lowest price to date. We’ve seen this deal a few times over the course of 2024, but it’s still about $35 off the device’s usual street price on Amazon outside of those sales. Apple, meanwhile, normally sells the stylus for $129. This offer is available at Amazon, Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

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Apple Pencil (2nd gen)

$79$129Save $50

A new model is coming, but this deal matches the lowest price to date for Apple’s best iPad stylus right now.

$79 at Amazon

Do note, though: Apple’s next product showcase is scheduled for May 7, and it is widely expected to unveil a new Pencil during the event. This next-gen model will include some level of haptic feedback, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, while 9to5Mac has suggested it may include a new “squeeze” gesture and Find My tracking support. If you want the newest Pencil possible, you should hold out for one more week.

However, given the MSRP of this second-gen model, it seems safe to expect any new Pencil to cost a good bit more than $79 out of the gate. If you’re on a tighter budget and looking to buy your first iPad stylus for sketching or note-taking, the current Pencil should remain a good value at this price.

For now, the second-gen Pencil is the top stylus pick in our guide to the best iPad accessories. It’s still one of the only styluses to offer pressure sensitivity across iPadOS, so the harder you press down, the heavier your lines get. (Last year’s USB-C-based Pencil omits this.) Tilt recognition and palm rejection support help it feel natural for drawing beyond that. The pen itself is comfortable to hold, and it can charge and connect to a compatible iPad just by snapping to the tablet’s side magnetically, no cables required. We also like its double-tap feature, which makes swapping between a drawing tool and an eraser faster in certain apps. Just make sure you own (and will continue to use) a compatible iPad Air, mini or Pro first.

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