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The second-gen Apple Pencil returns to its lowest price ever

One of our favorite accessories for an iPad is down to $89.

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The Apple Pencil has dropped back down to $89 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is a 31 percent savings over the usual $129 list price. It's the lowest the stylus has sold for since its debut, though we've seen it drop this low a few times before. It's also on sale at Target, but you'll pay about a dollar more if you get it there. We think the Apple Pencil is one of the best accessories for your iPad and it's compatible with most late-model iPad Airs, minis and Pros.

Our favorite stylus for iPads has fallen back to its all-time low price of just $89.
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$89 at Best Buy

The second-generation Apple Pencil stores and charges magnetically at the side of your tablet, so you don't need to keep track of cables. A double tap function lets you change tools quickly and the low-lag makes it responsive for drawing and note taking. Features like pressure sensitivity and tilt capabilities make the stylus feel more like a real drawing tool, particularly when paired with a textured screen protector. I particularly enjoy using the pencil to write in text fields, a process that's surprisingly accurate and faster than tapping out words with the on-screen keyboard.

The usual MSRP of $130 makes it an expensive accessory, so it's nice to see it drop to a more reasonable price. The only other caveat is compatibility. The latest generation standard iPad is still tied to the first-generation Pencil, which is on sale at Amazon for $79 and at Target for $80. So if you have that tablet, you can still save on a stylus that will work with it.

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