Black Friday Apple Pencil deals: you can still save on a new stylus

When shopping for a stylus for your iPad, your first consideration should be an Apple Pencil. The company's accessory syncs up perfectly with its tablet, as expected, and there should be plenty of Black Friday Apple Pencil deals arriving soon.

Apple's products aren't often discounted, but even they aren't immune from the Black Friday 2021 deals that come around before late November. While we don't expect too much money off Apple's stylus, you should be able to save on a new Apple Pencil 1 or Apple Pencil 2 as the deals start rolling in closer to Black Friday.

The Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 are different, and some iPads may not be compatible with both, so it's important to check ahead of time before making your purchase. As a rule, older iPads support the Apple Pencil 1 while the newest iPads should work with both, but the Apple Pencil 2 has some upgrades over its predecessor – which only the best iPads can benefit from, like magnetic attaching and charging.

Of course, the original Apple Pencil 1 is cheaper than its successor, even if it lacks some advanced features, so make sure you're buying the right Apple stylus for you.

Best Apple Pencil deals today

We're still some weeks away from the best Black Friday Apple Pencil deals, so we'll list the best Apple Pencil deals you'll find right now. Keep in mind that prices may drop toward the end of November, but if you need an Apple Pencil now, here are your best options:

Last year's Black Friday Apple Pencil deals

Last year's Black Friday Apple Pencil deals

Hottest deal

Apple Pencil (1st Generation): $99 $87.94 (save $11.06)
The original Apple Pencil is a fantastic companion for your iPad, giving you precise control. This 1st Generation version doesn't have the wireless charging and gesture controls of later models, but it's an absolute bargain for Cyber Monday and a great buy.

Official Apple iPad accessories: 10%-15% off at Amazon
On Amazon, Apple is discounting loads of its iPad accessories including Lightning Cables, Apple Pencil tips and Smart Covers for loads of its different tablets.

$100 gift card with iPad Pro purchases from Apple
If you're thinking of picking up a new iPad as well as an Apple Pencil, you can now get $100 in a gift card on certain iPad Pro purchases. If you're after something a bit smaller, you can also get $50 gift card when you buy the iPad mini.

Third-party pencils

If the original Apple Pencil is still too expensive, you can pick up a third-party stylus even cheaper. These aren't just any old Apple Pencil copycats, either – we've picked out a small selection that actually work well, and won't give you a sub-par experience when you're working on your tablet.

Adonit Dash 3: $44.99 $35.99 at Amazon (save $9)
Adonit is widely regarded as one of the best names in third-party Apple Pencil alternatives, and this fine-tipped, pressure-sensitive stylus is a typical example of its work. It features two shortcut buttons and (unlike the first-gen Apple Pencil) isn't round, so it won't roll of your desk.

Adonit Note Stylus: $49.99 $29.99 at Amazon (save $20)
This smart metallic stylus is one of the best alternatives if an Apple Pencil is out of your price range. It can keep going for 12 hours between charges, is slim and light, and has a handy clip to keep it secure in your pocket. It might not match the real deal, but for a third-party stylus it's pretty decent.

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