Addressing questions why 2019 iPad Air and mini do not support second generation Apple Pencil, a report on Tuesday claimed that the required inductive technology was too expensive to include in the buildings.
A 2018 iPad Pro and a Second Apple Pencil.
The "inductive charge data port" for connecting a second generation pen is "expensive enough to be prohibitive for the new Air and Mini". Daring Fireball John Gruber said. Gruber is known for being "reliably informed" in the matter, but he knew he had deep industrial contacts.
The second generation pencil has some advantages over the first, but the main one is typically considered the ability to magnetically attach to a 2018 iPad Pro, which solves both charge and storage. It is not compatible with any other iPad.
In addition to inductive technology, the updated Air and Mini would also have been reshaped with flat magnetic edges. Alternatively, Apple might have added a Lightning port to the newer pen, but it would have left the problem of having a removable cover that is easily lost.
The latest iPads are basically performance upgrades with some major changes. Enhancements include a 10.5-inch screen on Air, A12 processors, True Tone displays, up to 256 gigabytes of storage and the first generation Apple Pencil support.