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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 will 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 pen for drawing in Procreate.

FYI – the current version of Procreate is 5.3.7 and requires iPadOS 15.4.1 or newer to install. (Source: procreate.com). At the time of writing, the latest iPadOS 15 is 15.8.2, iPadOS 16 is 16.7.7, and iPadOS 17 is 17.4.1 (Check the latest versions on apple.com).

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  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

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  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

NEW Best Value
  • My rating:
    5.0
  • Newest iPad Air 2024 with M2, amazing display, generous storage options has just become the best value iPad for Procreate
  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

NEW Best Value
  • My rating:
    5.0
  • Newest iPad Air 2024 with M2, amazing display, generous storage options has just become the best value iPad for Procreate
  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

My Pick
  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+

    ❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

  • Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+

    ❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

  • My rating:
    1.5
  • iPad Pro model from 2015
    Small RAM and way too little storage
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  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

    ❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

  • My rating:
    2.0
  • iPad Pro model from 2017
    Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
    Get it refurbished with a discount
  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

  • Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

    iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

    Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

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My rating:
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Newest iPad Pro 2024 with M4, amazing display, generous storage options and RAM for a lot of Procreate layers

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

NEW
My rating:
5.0
Newest iPad Pro 2024 with M4, amazing display, generous storage options and RAM for a lot of Procreate layers

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

NEW Best Value
My rating:
5.0
Newest iPad Air 2024 with M2, amazing display, generous storage options has just become the best value iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

NEW Best Value
My rating:
5.0
Newest iPad Air 2024 with M2, amazing display, generous storage options has just become the best value iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil Pro

My rating:
5.0
iPad Pro model from 2022
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
M2 chip
Apple Pencil hover feature

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

Get more details in my review of iPad Pro 12.9″ for Procreate and digital artists!

My Pick
My rating:
5.0
iPad Pro model from 2021
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

Get more details in my review of iPad Pro 12.9″ for Procreate and digital artists!

My rating:
4.9
iPad Pro model from 2022
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
M2 chip
Apple Pencil hover feature

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.9
iPad Pro model from 2021
8GB or 16GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.8
iPad Air model from 2022
8GB RAM for high number of Procreate layers
Best value iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.6
iPad model from 2022
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
4.2
iPad Mini model from 2021
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.5
iPad model from 2021
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Great budget iPad for Procreate

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

Get more details in my review of the iPad 9th generation for Procreate and digital artists!

My rating:
0.0
iPad Air model from 2015
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil

Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+

❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

My rating:
0.0
iPad Mini model from 2015
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil

Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+

❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

My rating:
1.5
iPad Pro model from 2015
Small RAM and way too little storage
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
2.0
iPad Pro model from 2015
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
0.0
iPad model from 2017
Doesn't work with Apple Pencil

Compatible with Procreate: 🟠 Yes, but doesn't support Apple Pencil

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+

❌ Not compatible with Apple Pencil

My rating:
2.0
iPad Pro model from 2017
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
2.5
iPad Pro model from 2017
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
2.5
iPad model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
3.5
iPad Pro model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
3.5
iPad Pro model from 2018
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
3.0
iPad Air model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
3.0
iPad model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
3.0
iPad Mini model from 2019
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

My rating:
4.0
iPad Pro model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.0
iPad Pro model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
4.0
iPad Air model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 2

My rating:
3.5
iPad model from 2020
Small RAM equals less Procreate layers
Get it refurbished with a discount

Compatible with Procreate: ✅ Yes

iPadOS version: iPadOS 15+, iPadOS 16+, iPadOS 17+

Compatible with Apple Pencil 1

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, 5 as well as iPad Air 13 and iPad Air 11. I recommend iPad Air 2024 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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