The best cheap Apple Pencil deals in February 2023

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Apple Pencil deals continue to be rare. That's why we're always keeping an eye out for any useful discounts or special offers on the much sought-after stylus. Even at this stage of the year, we've only ever seen discounts a handful of times on both the first and the second-generation Apple Pencil.

The Apple Pencil costs $129 / £119 / AU$219 for the second-generation version while it's $99 / £89 / AU$159 for the first-gen edition. The lowest we've yet seen for the second-generation Apple Pencil is $99 / £99 / AU$199 but that was only during major sales events. A much smaller discount is usually more common.

The latest second-generation Apple Pencil is usually the one everyone wants so we're focusing on that here. You'll need it if you're using an iPad from 2018 or later. It's more expensive but it has neat advantages like a button that allows you to easily switch between tools. Plus, you can attach it magnetically to the side of your iPad Pro and it will also wirelessly charge.

Still, we're keeping an eye out for some bargains on the first-generation Apple Pencil for anyone with an older iPad as, ultimately, drawing performance is identical. 

While you're thinking things through, it may be worth looking at the iPad deals around too, in case an upgrade is needed here. If you're keen to make your iPad as practical as possible, snapping up one of the Magic Keyboard deals is sure to perfect your setup.

Apple Pencil (Gen 2) deals

Apple Pencil 2 deals only tend to pop up during major sales events. Discounts tend to be far more incremental during regular times of the year. We can't see that changing too soon as the Apple Pencil 2 continues to be fairly popular at any price.

However, we do have our price comparison chart below to help you find the best value options at any time.

Apple Pencil (Gen 1) deals

The older first-generation Apple Pencil is a lot cheaper than the newer Apple Pencil. The catch? It will only run on older iPads and the entry level 8th generation model. If you have a newer iPad, you're going to miss out. 

Because of that, count on the discounts being a little better but more limited depending on your situation. Again, our price comparison tool is here to help you see at a glance where you can save.

Cheap Apple Pencil alternatives

If you'd prefer to cut costs even further, these are some deals on a few of the best Apple Pencil alternatives out there. 

If you just want a simple pen to sketch out designs or write notes, Wacom has its own line of Apple-friendly pointers with the Logitech Crayon also a good option. The Adonit range is also worth considering. Expect to pay between $30 and $50 here for some good options, if you don't mind skipping a few of Apple's unique features.

If you're still hungry for more Apple devices, you can check out the latest Apple Watch deals and we've also rounded up all the latest MacBook deals as well.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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