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🌟 Which NEW iPad is BEST for PROCREATE in 2024?

Iva Mikles
🌟 Which NEW iPad is BEST for PROCREATE in 2024?

Hi, I’m Iva! With years of experience as a digital artist, I’ve had the pleasure of helping over 300,000 artists master Procreate and make amazing art for editorials, books, clients, or simply for their own joy.

If you are a professional artist and have the budget for it, I think the best iPad for Procreate is the new iPad Pro M4. If you are looking for the best value iPad to draw in Procreate, I think you will enjoy the new iPad Air M2. And if you are on a budget or you are a beginner Procreate artist, then I think iPad 10 is for you! Find out more below:

Best NEW iPad for ProcreateApple iPad Pro 13″ or 11″ with M4 chip and optional nano-texture display
Best Value iPad for ProcreateApple iPad Air 13″ or 11″ with M2 chip
Best Budget iPad for ProcreateiPad 10th generation
Best Portable iPad for ProcreateiPad Mini
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Overview: Best iPad for Procreate Artists

For Professionals
Nano-texture
Best Value
Budget Pick
Portable Pick
Professional, commercial and studio artists working long hours on complex artworks and illustrations.
Professional, commercial and studio artists working outdoors or under unreliable lighting conditions.
I think iPad Air M2 is the best value iPad for beginner artists, art students, art hobbyists and professional digital artists who want similar specs to iPad Pro, but their budgets are limited.
I think iPad 10.9″ is the best budget iPad for beginner artists, art students and hobby digital artists who want to draw in Procreate.
I think iPad Mini 6th gen is the best for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to start drawing in Procreate and they are on a budget. I also think it's a great secondary iPad for drawing in Procreate on the go.
★★★★★
13″ or 11″
ProMotion True Tone Ultra Retina Tandem OLED Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★★★
13″ or 11″
ProMotion True Tone Ultra Retina Tandem OLED Display with nanotexture coating and P3 wide color profile
★★★★☆
13″ or 11″
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★☆☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with sRGB color profile
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★★★
M4
★★★★★
M4
★★★★☆
M2
★★★☆☆
A14
★★★☆☆
A15
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
★★★★☆
8GB
★★★☆☆
4GB
★★★☆☆
4GB
★★★★★
From 256GB up to 2TB
★★★★★
From 256GB up to 2TB
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 1TB
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Apple Pencil Pro
Apple Pencil Pro
Apple Pencil Pro
1st generation
2nd generation

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

For Professionals
Professional, commercial and studio artists working long hours on complex artworks and illustrations.
★★★★★
13″ or 11″
ProMotion True Tone Ultra Retina Tandem OLED Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★★★
M4
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
★★★★★
From 256GB up to 2TB
Apple Pencil Pro

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

Nano-texture
Professional, commercial and studio artists working outdoors or under unreliable lighting conditions.
★★★★★
13″ or 11″
ProMotion True Tone Ultra Retina Tandem OLED Display with nanotexture coating and P3 wide color profile
★★★★★
M4
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
★★★★★
From 256GB up to 2TB
Apple Pencil Pro

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

Best Value
I think iPad Air M2 is the best value iPad for beginner artists, art students, art hobbyists and professional digital artists who want similar specs to iPad Pro, but their budgets are limited.
★★★★☆
13″ or 11″
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★★☆
M2
★★★★☆
8GB
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 1TB
Apple Pencil Pro

Also available in 11-inch version

Get Apple Pencil Pro here

Supports Apple Pencil squeeze, barrel roll, hover and haptic feedback

Budget Pick
I think iPad 10.9″ is the best budget iPad for beginner artists, art students and hobby digital artists who want to draw in Procreate.
★★★☆☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with sRGB color profile
★★★☆☆
A14
★★★☆☆
4GB
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
1st generation
Portable Pick
I think iPad Mini 6th gen is the best for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to start drawing in Procreate and they are on a budget. I also think it's a great secondary iPad for drawing in Procreate on the go.
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
★★★☆☆
A15
★★★☆☆
4GB
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
2nd generation

Video: Which iPad is BEST for PROCREATE This Year?

Video: Best iPad for PROCREATE (Pre-2024 Models)

Best Tech: Apple iPad Pro 13″ or 11″ with M4 and Optional Nano-texture Display

13″
13″ Nano-texture glass
11″
11″ Nano-texture glass
Compatible

Display: 13″ Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2752x2064px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 256GB | 512GB | 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 8GB @256GB | 512GB and 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: 1.3lb (580g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Display: 13″ Nano-texture Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2752x2064px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: 1.3lb (580g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Display: 11″ Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2420x1668px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 256GB | 512GB | 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 8GB @256GB | 512GB and 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: ±1lb (440g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Display: 11″ Nano-texture Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2420x1668px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: ±1lb (440g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024

13″

Display: 13″ Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2752x2064px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 256GB | 512GB | 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 8GB @256GB | 512GB and 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: 1.3lb (580g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

13″ Nano-texture glass

Display: 13″ Nano-texture Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2752x2064px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: 1.3lb (580g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

11″

Display: 11″ Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2420x1668px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 256GB | 512GB | 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 8GB @256GB | 512GB and 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: ±1lb (440g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

11″ Nano-texture glass

Display: 11″ Nano-texture Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display; ProMotion (120Hz); Wide color P3 gamut; 2M:1 contrast ratio

Resolution: 2420x1668px at 264PPI

Brightness: SDR 1000 nits, XDR 1600 nits

Chip: M4 with neural engine (AI)

Storage: 1TB | 2TB

RAM: 16GB @1TB | 2TB

Weight: ±1lb (440g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Compatible

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024

My Summary

   

I think iPad Pro 13″ and 11″ are perfect for art studios, professional artists, and illustrators. If you have the budget for the best, why not get the best? The nano-texture option for the iPad Pro is great for professional artists working a lot outside and also in very brightly lit studios.

Pros Cons
➕ Super large and bright screen ➖ Price
➕ Superfast M4 chip ➖ Nano-texture only with 1TB or 2TB model
➕ Generous storage options
➕ Superb RAM for a lot of Procreate layers
➕ Wide color profile (P3)
➕ ProMotion tech for smooth drawing
➕ Ultra retina Tandem OLED display with nano-texture option
➕ Thin and light
➕ Apple Pencil PRO
Canvas size Layers @8GB RAM Layers @16GB RAM
3000px x 3000px 112 204
16″ x 16″ @300 DPI 41 77
A4 @300DPI 116 211
A3 @300DPI 56 103
A2 @300DPI 26 49

You know, after spending time with these new iPad Pros, I’m really excited to share my thoughts with you all!

As an artist who’s been using iPads for years, I’ve got to say, these new models are pretty impressive.

I was honestly surprised by how much lighter these iPad Pros are compared to my old 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 13″ is about 100 grams lighter, which I really felt when I was drawing and holding it in one hand.

The M4 chip in these Pro models is seriously powerful.

I’ve tried everything from illustration to animation and 3D modeling, and it handles it all so smoothly.

The colors on the new Tandem OLED Ultra Retina XDR display are just gorgeous too.

Oh, and let me tell you about the Nano-texture option! At first, I thought it might be like those paper-like screen protectors, but it’s actually quite different.

It’s amazing for reducing reflections, which is perfect if you like to draw outdoors or in a bright studio.

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Best Value: Apple iPad Air 13″ or 11″ with M2

13″
11″
Compatible

Display: 13″ LED-backlit IPS display; Wide color P3 gamut

Resolution: 2732x2048px at 264PPI

Brightness: 600 nits

Chip: M2 with neural engine

Storage: 128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB

RAM: 8GB

Weight: 1.4lb (620g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Display: 11″ LED-backlit IPS display; Wide color P3 gamut

Resolution: 2360x1640px at 264PPI

Brightness: 500 nits

Chip: M2 with neural engine

Storage: 128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB

RAM: 8GB

Weight: 1.4lb (620g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024

13″

Display: 13″ LED-backlit IPS display; Wide color P3 gamut

Resolution: 2732x2048px at 264PPI

Brightness: 600 nits

Chip: M2 with neural engine

Storage: 128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB

RAM: 8GB

Weight: 1.4lb (620g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

11″

Display: 11″ LED-backlit IPS display; Wide color P3 gamut

Resolution: 2360x1640px at 264PPI

Brightness: 500 nits

Chip: M2 with neural engine

Storage: 128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB

RAM: 8GB

Weight: 1.4lb (620g)

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro (recommended)

Compatible

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024

My Summary

   

I think the iPad Airs M2 are a great middle ground between the entry-level iPads and the Pro models. If I were buying a new iPad today, I’d probably go for the Air – it’s just such good value for what you get.

Pros Cons
➕ Price ➖ No ProMotion tech
➕ Powerful M2 chip
➕ Enough RAM for Procreate layers
➕ Large screen
➕ Wide color profile (P3)
➕ Generous storage options
➕ Apple Pencil PRO
Canvas size Layers @8GB RAM
3000px x 3000px 112
16″ x 16″ @300 DPI 41
A4 @300DPI 116
A3 @300DPI 56
A2 @300DPI 23

Now, let’s talk about the new iPad Air models with the M2 chip. I

think these are really great value for money, especially if you’re upgrading from an older model but don’t want to splurge on the iPad Pro.

The M2 chip is the same one that was in the iPad Pro 12.9″ from 2022, so it’s got plenty of power for drawing and animation.

I’ve been using Procreate on it, and honestly, I haven’t noticed any significant difference in the drawing experience compared to the Pro models.

One thing I’m really excited about with the Air models is that they now come in two sizes – 11-inch and 13-inch.

Plus, there are more storage options to choose from – 128GB up to 1TB.

I think the iPad Airs with M2 chip are great value for artists of all levels.

Budget Pick: Apple iPad 10.9-inch

Budget Pick
Apple iPad 10th Gen (10.9″)

Best Budget iPad for drawing and Procreate

Apple A14 Processor :: 10.9-inch Liquid Retina LED Display with True Tone :: 2360-by-1640-pixel resolution :: 500 nits brightness :: ±10 hours Battery Life :: Late 2022 model :: Apple Pencil 1 compatible :: Get my popular Procreate Brushes

My Summary

   

I think iPad 10 with 10.9″ display is the best budget iPad for Procreate beginners, students and hobby digital artists.

Pros Cons
➕ Price ➖ Limited RAM so fewer Procreate layers
➕ Faster A14 chip ➖ Limited storage options
➕ Large screen ➖ Apple Pencil 1
Canvas size Layers @4GB RAM
3000px x 3000px 55
16″ x 16″ @300 DPI 19
A4 @300DPI 57
A3 @300DPI 26
A2 @300DPI 11

I think iPad 10th generation steps up the game with a more updated, sleek look, offering a larger screen size compared to its predecessor, the 9th generation. Read more in my review of iPad 10 for drawing, Procreate, and artists!

I really believe its modern aesthetics can be a significant draw for design-conscious users, not to mention its range of funky color options for a personalized touch.

I was surprised to see that the iPad 10 features a landscape side camera, a unique feature in the iPad family, which I think is great for video calls when you have the iPad mounted on a holder.

When it comes to charging the Apple Pencil, this iPad is a bit different than iPad 9.

Like iPad 9, it’s compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil, and charging it requires an adapter and cable, which, I think, feels much better and less fragile than the pencil’s charging method on the iPad 9.

I also think a major advantage of the iPad 10 is the increased number of layers available for artwork in Procreate.

For instance, with a 3000 by 3000 pixels canvas, you can utilize up to 55 layers, and a 16-inch by 16-inch canvas offers 19 layers – a significant increase over the iPad 9.

In a nutshell, the iPad 10 offers a modern look, a larger screen size, an updated charging method for the Apple Pencil, and, importantly, more layers for artwork in Procreate. If these aspects align with your needs and preferences, the iPad 10 is a worthy upgrade from the iPad 9.

Portable Pick: Apple iPad Mini 8.3-inch

Portable Pick
Apple iPad Mini 6th Gen

Best Portable iPad I recommend for drawing and Procreate

Apple A15 Processor for Best-in-Class Performance :: 8.3 inch Liquid Retina Display for Superior Color, Contrast, Brightness :: Light and Extremely Strong :: Premium Fit and Finish :: Up to 10 Hours Battery Life :: Late 2021 model :: Compatible with Apple Pencil 2 | Get my popular Procreate Brushes

My Summary

   

I think iPad Mini 6 is a great budget option for either beginners, students and hobby digital artists or for professional artists who want a secondary iPad to use with Procreate on the go.

Pros Cons
➕ Portable size ➖ Limited RAM so fewer Procreate layers
➕ Price ➖ Limited storage options
➕ Faster A15 chip ➖ No ProMotion tech
➕ Wide color profile (P3)
➕ Apple Pencil 2
Canvas size Layers
3000px x 3000px 55
16″ x 16″ @300 DPI 19
A4 @300DPI 57
A3 @300DPI 26
A2 @300DPI 11

Moving onto the iPad Mini, despite its size, I believe it’s a fantastic model. Find out more in my review of iPad Mini for drawing, Procreate, and artists!

This small, lightweight iPad is perfectly portable and easily used with one hand, making it incredibly convenient for travel or as a digital sketchbook. A huge upgrade that I personally appreciate in this model is its compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil.

With the ability to charge the pencil on the side of the iPad, it’s always ready to go and also has a storage solution to prevent misplacement.

In my experience, the Apple Pencil generation 2 is a vast improvement over the first one.

With my prolonged usage of the first generation pencil, I realized that it could cause some hand fatigue due to its slippery surface, which isn’t an issue with the second generation pencil. Plus, the flat side of the second generation pencil provides a better resting place for your hand, and the lack of a cap on the charging option alleviates worries about losing parts.

From a technology standpoint, the iPad Mini offers an upgrade in the screen department, featuring a laminated display. There is a slight distance from the canvas to your pen when looking closely, but I assure you it’s barely noticeable. However, the smaller size does mean you’ll have to consider how you’re going to draw – whether you rest your hand on the side or place it on top of the iPad, which may cover a larger part of your artwork.

In terms of layers in Procreate, the iPad Mini does not disappoint. With a canvas size of 3000 by 3000 pixels, you get 55 layers and 19 layers for a 16-inch by 16-inch canvas, which I believe is more than sufficient for most people.

To sum up, I wholeheartedly believe that the iPad Mini is an exceptional choice, offering a great tech specification, sufficient layers, an improved drawing experience with the Apple Pencil 2, and most importantly, its unbeatable portability. If your key criteria is a small, lightweight iPad, I think the iPad Mini is undoubtedly a great choice.

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What is the Best iPad for Procreate on a Budget?

Photo: Iva showing her iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2nd Generation - © Art Side of Life
Photo: Iva showing her iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2nd Generation – © Art Side of Life

The best iPad for Procreate on a budget is either the older iPad 9th gen (10.2″), the newest iPad 10th gen (10.9″), the iPad Mini 6th gen, or the renewed iPad Air 4h gen.

You don’t have to get the older model. Just get a used and renewed model with a guarantee. You will still enjoy new iPad model features while on a budget!

What Should You Decide on When Getting iPad for Procreate?

Which Screen Size Should You Get for Procreate?

I think you should get the 13″ screen size if you are a professional artist and you will be drawing in Procreate for long hours on complex artworks.

I’d say get 11″, 10.9″ or 10.2″ screen size if you are on a budget.

And get the 8.3″ screen size in two cases: 1/ you like to draw in small sketchbooks, and 2/ you are professional artists who need a secondary iPad for drawing in Procreate on the go.

If you still can’t decide, think about what size of sketchbook you use most often. I’d then get an iPad screen size similar to that:

I started using Procreate on the now-discontinued iPad Pro 10.5″. I used it in my studio, on the go, on public transport, in the passenger seat in the car, in the parks, cafes, shopping malls … you name it.

When I upgraded to the latest iPad Pro 12.9″, I was worried it would be too big to fit into my backpack and too heavy to draw on the go.

But after a week of getting used to it, I no longer noticed the size difference.

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What is the Number of Layers You will be Getting on Procreate?

💡 See my post about Procreate Layers Calculator to get full info on Procreate layers.

I always like to explain it in simple terms:

I think the number of layers available in Procreate is one of the most important things you should consider when getting your iPad for Procreate.

It can be really frustrating that there’s no formula to calculate the number of layers, and the Procreate team hasn’t made a calculator. The reason? It’s quite complex and depends on too many things.

From my experience, the number of layers depends on RAM and the iPad OS you have installed on your iPad.

Let’s have a look at Procreate layers comparison with different iPad models:

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Canvas size /
# Procreate layers
iPad Pro
13″ or 11″
8GB RAM
iPad Pro
13″ or 11″
16GB RAM
iPad Air
13″ or 11″
8GB RAM
iPad 10
10.9″
4GB RAM
iPad Mini
8.3″
4GB RAM
3000px x 3000px1122041125555
16″ x 16″ @300DPI4177411919
A4 @300DPI1162111165757
A3 @300DPI56103562626
A2 @300DPI2649261111
Table: No. of Layers Comparison of iPad Pro 13 and 11″, iPad Air 13 and 11″, iPad 10 10.9″ and iPad Mini 6 8.3″ – Source: ©Art Side of Life Research

How Much iPad Storage for Procreate Should You Get?

I think you should get bigger storage if you are a professional artist and you want to get bigger RAM (at least with iPad Pro models). I actually recommend min. 512GB of storage and higher if you will be using iPad with Procreate in your creative business.

I think you should get at least 256GB of storage if you plan to use your iPad for also for storing photographs, videos, and other files.

I’ve, for example, use more than half of the 512GB storage in my iPad Pro 12.9″ in almost two years. I use it for Procreate, to store reference images, online classes for offline viewing, and office files.

For comparison, below are the storage options coming with different iPads for Procreate:

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iPad Pro 13″ and 11″
M4 chip
iPad Air 13″ and 11″
M2 chip
iPad 10 10.9″
A14 chip
iPad Mini 6
A15 chip
Storage 64GB
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
RAM 4GB
Storage 256GB
RAM 4GB
Storage 512GB
RAM 8GB
Storage 512GB
RAM 8GB
Storage 1TB
RAM 16GB
Storage 1TB
RAM 8GB
Storage 2TB
RAM 16GB
Table: Storage and RAM options for iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 11″, iPad Air 10.9″, iPad Air 10.2″ and iPad Mini 6 – Source: Apple.com

What Apple Pencil Should You Get for Procreate?

NEW
My Pick
Previous Pick

PRO Generation Apple Pencil :: Next Level Drawing and Painting Experience

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Second Generation Apple Pencil :: Best Drawing and Painting Experience

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

First Generation Apple Pencil

Features: Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art.

Compatible with: iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024
Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation); iPad Pro 11-inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation); iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)
Compatible with: iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2″), 10th (10.9″) generation, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation) and iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch
NEW

PRO Generation Apple Pencil :: Next Level Drawing and Painting Experience

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Squeeze, Barrel roll, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with: iPad Pro M4 2024 and iPad Air M2 2024
My Pick

Second Generation Apple Pencil :: Best Drawing and Painting Experience

Features: Hover, Double-tap, Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art. Attaches, Charges, and Pairs Magnetically

Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation); iPad Pro 11-inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation); iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)
Previous Pick

First Generation Apple Pencil

Features: Pixel-Perfect Precision, Tilt and Pressure Sensitivity, Low Latency for Note-Taking, Drawing, and Art.

Compatible with: iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2″), 10th (10.9″) generation, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation) and iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Since version 5.3, Procreate doesn’t support third-party pens, so you need to get a stylus using Apple Pencil technology. Get more details on the best stylus for Procreate here.

As you can see in my video, the Apple Pencil Pro comes with amazing new features which will make drawing in Procreate even more enjoyable – squeeze, barrel roll, hover, haptic feedback and more!

Photo: Iva showing the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation Double-Tap Feature - ©Art Side of Life
Photo: Iva showing the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation Double-Tap Feature – ©Art Side of Life

What Other Accessories Should You Get for Procreate?

Here are a few things I can’t live without when using my iPad with Procreate.

 
 
 
 
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Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking like on Paper

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I recommend you get them if you use a matte Paperlike screen protector

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iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes. Different sizes available.

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Amazing for typing and doing office work on your iPad. Available for iPad Pro models, iPad Air and iPad models.

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Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking like on Paper

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I recommend you get them if you use a matte Paperlike screen protector

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iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes. Different sizes available.

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Amazing for typing and doing office work on your iPad. Available for iPad Pro models, iPad Air and iPad models.

Get ideas for more accessories for your iPad here.

Photo: Iva's iPad Pro and Procreate Accessories - ©Art Side of Life
Photo: Iva’s iPad Pro and Procreate Accessories – ©Art Side of Life

Which iPads does Procreate work with?

Most recent iPads and Apple Pencils will work with the newest version of Procreate – version 5.3.10, which requires PadOS 16.3 or newer to run.

Unfortunately iPads older than a few years, except iPad Pro and iPad Air models, won’t be able to run Procreate.

You are already good to go with Procreate if you get any of the below iPads which support iPadOS 16.3 or later:

ModeliPadOS 16
(Procreate compatible)
iPadOS 17
(Procreate compatible)
iPad Pro 13″ or 11″
with M4 chip
and optional nano-texture display
iPad Pro 13″ M4
iPad Pro 13″ M4 (nano-texture)
iPad Pro 11″ M4
iPad Pro 11″ M4 (nano-texture)
iPad Air 13″ or 11″
with M2 chip
iPad Air 13″ M2
iPad Air 11″ M2
iPad Pro 12.9
3rd Generation (2018)
4th Generation (2020)
5th Generation (2021)
6th Generation (2022)
3rd Generation (2018)
4th Generation (2020)
5th Generation (2021)
6th Generation (2022)
iPad Pro 111st Generation (2018)
2nd Generation (2020)
3rd Generation (2021)
4th Generation (2022)
1st Generation (2018)
2nd Generation (2020)
3rd Generation (2021)
4th Generation (2022)
iPad Air3rd Generation (2019)4th Generation (2020)
5th Generation (2022)
iPad5th Generation (2017)
6th Generation (2018)
7th Generation (2019)
8th Generation (2020
9th Generation (2021)
10th Generation (2022)
iPad Mini5th Generation (2019)6th Generation (2021)
Table: iPadOS 16 and iPadOS 17 compatibility with Procreate at the time of writing – Source: Apple.com and Procreate.com

For the up-to-date list of Procreate-supported iPad models, look at the newest update from the team at Procreate, located in beautiful Hobart, Tasmania – The latest version of Procreate and supported iPad models.

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What iPad does Procreate work best on?

Procreate works best on the iPad Pro 13″ because of its newest technology (M4 chip and Apple Pencil Pro squeeze, barrel roll, haptic feedback and hover), a lot of RAM, and storage space, which gives you more Procreate layers and tandem OLED display with ProMotion technology, making drawing in Procreate so enjoyable.

Do you have to have an iPad for Procreate?

Yes, you have to have an iPad for Procreate. Procreate is an app exclusively available on iPads. There is also Procreate Pocket available on iPhones.

Do I need an iPad Pro for Procreate?

No, you don’t necessarily need an iPad Pro for Procreate. You can get an iPad Air, iPad 10, or iPad Mini and enjoy drawing on Procreate, too. It all depends if you are a beginner or professional artist.

Is iPad Air enough for Procreate?

Yes, the iPad Air is enough for Procreate! The iPad Air M2 comes with a powerful chip, great screen and supports Apple Pencil Pro, which makes drawing in Procreate very enjoyable!

Can I use Procreate without an Apple Pencil?

No, you can’t use Procreate without an Apple Pencil. Since Procreate version 5.3, third-party styluses are not supported. Get more details here.

What are the iPad requirements for Procreate?

The iPad requirements for Procreate are iPadOS 16.3 or later; min. 256GB storage or higher; min. 4GB RAM, but I recommend 8GB or higher; Apple Pencil 1 or Apple Pencil 2, depending on your iPad model.

What is the cheapest iPad for Procreate?

The cheapest iPad for Procreate is iPad 9th generation, iPad 10th generation, or iPad Mini 5th generation.

Does Procreate work better on iPad Pro or iPad Air?

Based on my experience, Procreate works better on iPad Pro than iPad Air. iPad Pro has a better display, more generous storage options, and more RAM, so more Procreate layers. Get more details in my post comparing iPad Pro vs. iPad Air for Procreate.

How much is Procreate a month?

Procreate costs $12.99 (or your local currency), and you can get it on Apple App Store. There are no recurring subscription fees, which makes Procreate one of the best and most affordable drawing programs!

Is 32GB enough for Procreate?

Yes, 32GB is enough for Procreate if you are a beginner.

Is 64GB enough for Procreate?

Yes, 64GB is enough for Procreate if you are a beginner.

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