Apple has added a welcome breath of fresh air to its iPad lineup this year, harmonizing its more affordable entry-level model with its more premium tablets. the iPad 2022 features the now-familiar design language of the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. Even more significant, it also brings the USB-C port from those models. It’s even available in some fun new colors.
Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with the new 10th generation iPad. While it does get some nice improvements beyond design, including an upgrade to the A14 chip found in the iPhone 12, a better 12-megapixel (MP) camera, and 5G connectivity, it has strangely fallen behind when it comes to the Apple Pencil: despite selling for $120 more than its predecessor.
Apple’s entire line of tablets has offered support for the apple pencil from the sixth generation iPad joined the party in 2018. This year’s iPad is no exception. What’s unusual about the 2022 iPad is that it seems stuck in the past when it comes to Apple’s stylus.
Specifically, the new entry-level iPad is only compatible with the First generation Apple Pencil. That’s the stylus that Apple introduced with the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015, which was replaced in the iPad Pro lineup by a second generation Apple Pencil in 2018.
When the ipad air Y ipad-mini adopted a similar design in 2020 and 2021, they also gained support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. Apple’s strategy it seemed Of course: traditional iPads used the first-generation Apple Pencil, while modern iPads worked with the improved second-generation stylus.
It was a good theory, but now it looks like it wasn’t the playbook Apple was following. The iPad 2022 features a design similar to the ipad air released earlier this year, but it doesn’t support the same Apple Pencil as the more premium model.
That may be good news for some people considering upgrading from an older iPad, as it means they won’t have to replace their Apple Pencil. Plus, since the first-gen Apple Pencil is $30 cheaper than the second-gen model, it also fits in with the more affordable prices of Apple’s more affordable iPads.
Sadly, people with the new iPad will be missing out on two of the best features the second-generation Apple Pencil has to offer: wireless charging and convenient storage.
The original Apple Pencil relied on wired charging, with power transferred via a Lightning connector at one end. Users can plug the stylus into the iPad’s Lightning port for fast recharges, or use the included Lightning female-to-female adapter to connect to a standard USB to Lightning cable and charger.
When Apple introduced the second-generation Apple Pencil, it did so alongside an iPad Pro with flat edges and a magnetic dock on one side. The new Apple Pencil was magnetically attached to this spot on the iPad Pro, which also automatically transferred charging power as soon as it was in place.
One of the reasons the new Apple Pencil never made it into traditional iPad designs was simply because those models didn’t offer a way to charge the stylus. The design of these older iPads didn’t lend themselves to this magnetic charging as there was no place to dock the Apple Pencil on the tapered edges. However, as Apple brought the new flat-edge design to the iPad Air and iPad Mini, it also added the magnetic charger, introducing second-generation Apple Pencil support to both models.
Unfortunately, although the iPad 2022 has the same flat edges, Apple has not included a magnetic charger in this model, so it is not compatible with the new Apple Pencil. Granted, the new horizontal camera position occupies where the magnetic charger lives on Apple’s other iPads, but that doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t have found another place to charge its newest stylus.
Instead, the 2022 iPad remains the only current Apple tablet to No Supports the second generation Apple Pencil. This means that those who want to use a stylus with this iPad will still need to charge it the old-fashioned way, either from an external charger or from the port on the bottom of the iPad.
To add insult to injury, the move to USB-C has made this even more of a hassle. Since the first-generation Apple Pencil still uses a Lightning connector, iPad owners will need to resort to using a if they want to recharge their stylus from their iPad charger.
As silly as it sounds, you can plug the original Apple Pencil directly into the bottom of a Lightning-equipped iPad. Doing the same on the USB-C equipped iPad 2022 will now require you to carry a dongle and cable to connect your stylus’ Lightning port to your iPad’s USB-C port.
Specifically, you’ll need the aforementioned USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter, a $9 dongle with a female USB-C port on one end and a female Lightning port on the other. Apple now includes this in the box with the new first-generation Apple Pencils, but you’ll have to pay for one separately if you already have the stylus from an older iPad model. You will then need to dock this dongle with the USB-C to USB-C cable that came with the iPad.
You don’t need to charge Apple Pencil directly from iPad, so if you already have one, and haven’t lost the little Lightning charging device that came with it, you can connect it to a standard Lightning cable and USB power adapter. . You can also use that original dongle with a USB-C to Lightning cable, like the one that comes with modern iPhones, to charge directly from the 2022 iPad.