A second-generation Apple Pencil announced earlier this morning costs more that the original model and doesn’t work on older iPads, but supports Apple’s custom laser engraving option.

The new Apple Pencil model unveiled in 2018 costs $129 and is compatible with:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch

The original Apple Pencil from 2015 costs $99 and is compatible with:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (6th generation)

Unlike the original, the new Pencil is available with custom laser engraving.

The price hike doesn’t really surprise us because the second-generation Pencil does a lot of things right. As an example, the Bluetooth stylus attaches magnetically to your iPad Pro so it’s not easily lost and charges wirelessly at the same time. But more important than that, it’s got a touch sensor which permits it to detect gestures such as double-taps..

The stylus can be pre-ordered today ahead of the scheduled November 7 launch.

To learn more about the new Apple Pencil, visit Apple’s website.