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What iPad Works with Procreate in 2024

Iva Mikles
What iPad Works with Procreate in 2024

In this episode of Procreate FAQs, I am going to answer your question about Procreate iPad compatibility.

What iPad is Compatible with Procreate?

Procreate is compatible with any iPad that can run iPadOS 15.4.1 or newer, with iPadOS 16 being the best choice because of the higher number of Procreate layers, new features such as Apple Pencil hover, and overall improvements that enhance the drawing experience in Procreate.

So, which iPad models work with Procreate? Find out in my useful table below, which also features iPads compatibility with Apple Pencil, the best stylus for drawing in Procreate.

FYI – the current version of Procreate is 5.3.5 (Source: procreate.com), iPadOS 15 is 15.7.8 and iPadOS 16 is 16.6 (Source: apple.com)

  • Procreate compatible:
    🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    ❌ Not compatible
  • Procreate compatible:
    🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    ❌ Not compatible
  • My rating:
    1.5
  • Notes:
    iPad Pro model from 2015
    Small RAM and way too little storage
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Appe Pencil 1
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • Procreate compatible:
    🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    ❌ Not compatible
  • My rating:
    2.0
  • Notes:
    iPad Pro model from 2017
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • My rating:
    2.5
  • Notes:
    iPad model from 2018
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • My rating:
    3.0
  • Notes:
    iPad Air model from 2019
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • My rating:
    3.0
  • Notes:
    iPad model from 2019
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • My rating:
    3.0
  • Notes:
    iPad Mini model from 2019
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • My rating:
    3.5
  • Notes:
    iPad model from 2020
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Description:
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
My Pick
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
  • My rating:
    4.2
  • Notes:
    iPad Mini model from 2021
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Great budget iPad for Procreate
  • Description:


  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
Best Pick
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • My rating:
    4.9
  • Notes:
    iPad Pro model from 2022
    8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
    M2 chip
    Apple Pencil hover feature
  • Description:


  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 1
Best Value Pick
  • Procreate compatible:
    ✅ Yes
  • iPadOS version:
    iPadOS 15+
    iPadOS 16+
  • Apple Pencil compatibility:
    Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
0.0
Notes:
iPad Air model from 2015
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil
Description:
Procreate compatible:
🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
❌ Not compatible
My rating:
0.0
Notes:
iPad Mini model from 2015
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil
Description:
Procreate compatible:
🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
❌ Not compatible
My rating:
1.5
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2015
Small RAM and way too little storage
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Appe Pencil 1
My rating:
2.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2015
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
0.0
Notes:
iPad model from 2017
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil
Description:
Procreate compatible:
🟠 Yes but doesn't support Apple Pencil
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
❌ Not compatible
My rating:
2.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2017
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
2.5
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2017
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
2.5
Notes:
iPad model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
3.5
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
3.5
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
3.0
Notes:
iPad Air model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
3.0
Notes:
iPad model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
3.0
Notes:
iPad Mini model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
4.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.0
Notes:
iPad Air model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
3.5
Notes:
iPad model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My Pick
My rating:
5.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2021
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.9
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2021
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
Description:
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.5
Notes:
iPad model from 2021
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
My rating:
4.2
Notes:
iPad Mini model from 2021
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
Best Pick
My rating:
5.0
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2022
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
M2 chip
Apple Pencil hover feature
Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.9
Notes:
iPad Pro model from 2022
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
M2 chip
Apple Pencil hover feature
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
My rating:
4.6
Notes:
iPad model from 2022
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 1
Best Value Pick
My rating:
4.8
Notes:
iPad Air model from 2022
8GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
Best value iPad for Procreate
Description:


Procreate compatible:
✅ Yes
iPadOS version:
iPadOS 15+
iPadOS 16+
Apple Pencil compatibility:
Apple Pencil 2
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Why is Procreate NOT Compatible with Your iPad?

Procreate is not compatible with your iPad because the iPadOS installed on your iPad is older than iPadOS 15.4.1. You most likely don’t see the option to download Procreate in the App Store.

The iPads NOT compatible with Procreate are the following: iPad Air 1st generation; iPad 1, 2, 3, and 4; iPad Mini 1, 2, and 3 (Source: wikipedia.org).

The following iPad models are compatible with Procreate but are not compatible with a stylus such as Apple Pencil, so I DON’T recommend them for Procreate: iPad Air 2nd generation; iPad Mini 4; iPad 5 (Source: apple.com)

FAQs – Does Procreate Work on All iPads?

No, Procreate doesn’t work on all iPads. I answered the most common questions about what iPads Procreate is compatible with below:

Is Procreate compatible with iPad Air?

Yes, Procreate is compatible with iPad Air 2, 3, 4 and 5. I recommend iPad Air 5 as the best value iPad for Procreate.

Is Procreate compatible with iPad?

Yes, Procreate is compatible with iPad 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. I recommend iPad 9 and 10 as the best iPads for Procreate on a budget.

Is Procreate compatible with iPad Mini?

Yes, Procreate is compatible with iPad Mini 4, 5 and 6. I recommend iPad Mini 6 as the best secondary iPad for professional artists and best iPad for Procreate for students and kids.

Is Procreate compatible with iPad Air 2?

Yes, Procreate is compatible with iPad Air 2, but this iPad model doesn’t support Apple Pencil so I don’t recommend getting it for Procreate.

Does Procreate work on iPad 2nd generation?

No, Procreate doesn’t not work on iPad 2, because the software support of this model was discontinued in 2015.

Does Procreate work on iPad 4th generation?

No, Procreate doesn’t not work on iPad 4, because the software support of this model was discontinued in 2016.

Does Procreate work on iPad 5th generation?

Yes, Procreate works on iPad 5, but this iPad model doesn’t support Apple Pencil so I don’t recommend getting it for Procreate.

Can you use Procreate on iPad 6th generation?

Yes, you can use Procreate on iPad 6th generation. This iPad supports Apple Pencil 1.

Does Procreate work on iPad 7th generation?

Yes, Procreate works on iPad 7th generation. This iPad supports Apple Pencil 1.

Does Procreate work on iPad 8th generation?

Yes, Procreate works on iPad 8th generation. This iPad supports Apple Pencil 1.

Does Procreate work on iPad 9th generation?

Yes, Procreate works on iPad 9th generation. I recommend it as one of the iPads you should get if you are on a budget. This iPad supports Apple Pencil 1.

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