Get creative with your iPad and save $30 on the Apple Pencil (2nd-gen)

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The 2nd-generation Apple Pencil clips magnetically to the side of select iPad models -- and charges while it's there! (Photo: Apple)
The 2nd-generation Apple Pencil clips magnetically to the side of select iPad models -- and charges while it's there! (Photo: Apple)

Not to brag or anything, but you should see what my daughter can do with an iPad and Apple Pencil. She uses this combo not only to take notes during college lectures, but also to create some absolutely amazing art. (Granted, I'm a little biased on that second part.)

Here's the rub: Apple charges a hefty $129 for the current-generation Apple Pencil. $129! For a plastic stylus! Yes, it's technologically fancy-schmancy and all that, but the price still kills me.

For a limited time, it's a little less atrocious: Amazon is offering the Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) for $99, tying the lowest price on record.

$99 $129 at Amazon

The Apple Pencil is compatible with the following models: iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th and 5th generations) and iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations). It clips magnetically to the side, so you don't need a special holster or anything to keep it nearby. Amazingly, that magnetic connection also charges the Pencil.

Another way this differs from an ordinary stylus: It's both tilt- and pressure-sensitive, meaning your lines will vary depending on how you angle the tip or differ the pressure. (Think: Sharpie.)

So whether you use your iPad for taking notes or creating art, this is something worth having. Indeed, the user ratings — 4.8 stars from nearly 38,000 buyers — tell an important story: This may be a pricey accessory, but it's worth it.

Still can't fathom spending that amount of money on a plastic pen? There are cheaper alternatives. For example, this top-rated 2-pack of StylusHome iPad styluses is just $14. They don't charge magnetically or offer tilt/pressure-sensitivity, but they do give you a pencil-like drawing experience for considerably less money.

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