The best stylus for iPad

Once upon a time, it seemed like Apple didn’t plan on launching a stylus of its own for its ridiculously popular tablet lineup. But, here we are in 2022 and the iPad definitely supports a stylus. What’s more, Apple has a couple of different options to choose from.

But, of course, there are some third-party options to be aware of as well. Which is why we’ve put together a list of some of the best stylus options you can choose right now for the iPad lineup. So whether you want to stick with an Apple-branded option, or want to venture out into other options, there’s something for you.

Let’s get to it.

iPad stylus options worth buying in 2022

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

The second generation Apple Pencil changes things up from the company’s first offering. That starts with the design, which offers a single, smooth area of the stylus to prevent it from easily rolling off surfaces. That same area also offers up a touch-sensitive area, allowing users to quickly launch features within apps, like switching to an eraser or another tool with just a double-tap.

The Apple Pencil (2nd generation) also offers up magnetic attachment to compatible iPads (the iPad mini 6, the iPad Air (4th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd, 4th, and 5th-generations, and the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, and 3rd-generations). That attachment also supports wireless charging, so you won’t need to plug this Apple Pencil directly into the iPad to charge it up.

The second-gen Apple Pencil supports tilt sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, down to the pixel precision, and basically imperceptible lag.

The second generation Apple Pencil is available now in white from Amazon.

Buy Apple Pencil (2nd generation) for $110.89

Zagg Pro Stylus

The Zagg Pro Stylus is designed to be as functional and helpful as possible. It has a dual tip design, so that you can use the capacitive backend tip for scrolling, with the other end used for writing and/or drawing. And when you are doing some artistry, the stylus supports tilt recognition.

The stylus works with apps that work with the Apple Pencil, and it supports palm rejection. It also automatically supports with any supported iPad launched in 2017 and newer. According to Zagg, the Pro Stylus will last for up to nine hours on a single charge before it needs to be recharged.

To recharge, it connects via USB-C.

The Zagg Pro Stylus is available now from Amazon in black.

Buy Zagg Pro Stylus for $48.99

Apple Pencil (1st generation)

The stylus that started it all (for Apple). It’s available only in white, it’s very round, and it doesn’t offer up wireless charging. However, it does offer up a Lightning connector under the cap at the backend of the stylus. You’ll need that to charge the first generation Apple Pencil.

The Apple Pencil is lightweight, offers plenty of precision, and it’s responsive. It’s not loaded with features, not even compared to the second generation Apple Pencil, but it certainly will get the job done.

The Apple Pencil (first generation) is compatible with the 6th, 7th and 8th generation iPad, the third generation iPad Air, the fifth generation iPad mini, first and second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro as well.

It’s available now from Amazon.

Buy Apple Pencil (1st generation) for $84.99

Adonit Pixel

This is the Adonit Pixel stylus. The battery life is exceptional, with 14 hours on a single charge. The tip of the Adonit Pixel is just 1.9mm, which the company says offers up a “paper-like drag” and overall increased accuracy. The palm rejection feature is present, while pressure sensitivity offers up 2,048 levels.

The Adonit Pixel features a dedicated programmable shortcut buttons, which can let the user quickly and easily launch software tools like the eraser and others. The Adonit Pixel also has a grip sensor baked in, which means it will automatically turn on when the user picks it up.

There’s a charging light, but it doesn’t have magnetic connectivity. It supports the wide range of iPad models, especially the newest models.

The Adonit Pixel stylus is available now in black from Amazon.

Buy the Adonit Pixel for $74.99

So, there we have it. Some of the best stylus options you can buy right now. Of course, we’ll be updating the list over time. And if you have any other suggestions, be sure to let us know in the comments below.