Cyber Monday Apple Pencil deals 2021: early sales and what we expect

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 Cyber Monday Apple Pencil deals and Black Friday Apple Pencil deals arriving later this month.

Apple's products typically don't get discounted as much as other gadgets, but even they aren't immune from the Black Friday 2021 deals that kick in at the end of November. Those deals usually last through Cyber Monday on November 29...until supply runs out, anyway.

While we don't expect too much money off Apple's stylus, you should be able to save a little on a new Apple Pencil 1 or Apple Pencil 2 as the deals start rolling in closer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You may also get a Black Friday iPad deal, if you're looking for a new tablet.

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 which stylus works with your tablet 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.

Today's best Apple Pencil deals

We're still some weeks away from the best Cyber Monday Apple Pencil deals, so we'll list the best Apple Pencil deals you'll find right now. 

Most retailers haven't given any discounts yet, and both stylus models remain at their typical prices: the Apple Pencil 2 is priced at $129 / £119 / AU$199 while the Apple Pencil 1 is a bit cheaper at $99 / £89 / AU$145 . The lowest price we've ever seen on the second generation is $99 / £99 (around AU$135), but we haven't seen those prices since 2020 which means a discount of between $10-$20 or £5-£15 or AU$13-AU$27 is more realistic.  We've seen the Apple Pencil 1 discounted as low as $79 / £69 (around AU$109) during previous deals events, though, so you could save a lot if you're using an older iPad.

Keep compatibility in mind when making your choice, too. The Apple Pencil 1 is compatible with these iPads:

  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Meanwhile, the Apple Pencil 2 is compatible with these iPads:

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

Here are the only deals we've seen for so far for Apple's styluses. First the Apple Pencil 2.

Apple Pencil 2:  $129 $99 at Walmart
Save $22 on the Apple Pencil 2 with this 18% off early Cyber Monday deal at Walmart. This gets you the second generation Apple stylus, which works with newer iPads only, but packs additional features like magnetic attachment and wireless charging.

And the older Apple Pencil 1:

Apple Pencil 1: $99 $79 at Walmart
Save $20 on the Apple Pencil 1 with this 20% off early Cyber Monday deal at Walmart. This gets you the first generation Apple stylus, which works great with older iPads (and newer ones, too).    

Keep in mind that prices may drop even lower toward the end of November, but if you need an Apple Pencil now, here are your best options:

Best Apple Pencil (1st gen) deals

Best Apple Pencil (2nd gen) deals

Where are the best places to find Apple Pencil Cyber Monday deals?

When the deals kick up a gear, we expect the best Cyber Monday deals to be from Amazon. Last year did see Apple offer free gift cards with select devices. We've listed the most popular retailers ahead of Cyber Monday so that you can start to keep tabs on the trends.

Top US retailers

Amazon - the best retailer for record-low prices

Apple - browse the range of Apple Pencils

Best Buy - deals on both Apple Pencil models

Walmart - competitive prices, but stock moves fast

Top UK retailers

Amazon - record-low Apple Pencil prices

Apple - browse the range of Apple Pencils

Currys - up to 5 months Apple Music, Arcade & News+ free

Very - regular discounts, regular restocks

Last year's Cyber Monday Apple Pencil deals

Last year's Cyber Monday 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.

Last year's best third-party stylus deals

If the original Apple Pencil is still too expensive, 2020 saw deals on third-party styluses. We may see similar to this later this year, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Apple Pencil. 

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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