Apple Pencil: Authentic or 1:1 Replica? (GUIDE)

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Last Updated on May 7, 2024 by Ch David

You’re here to learn how to spot a fake Apple Pencil — we’re here to help with this guide that works for both generations.

Are there fake Apple Pencils?

Yes, there are fake Apple Pencils. Pricing is the #1 indicator, so make sure you don’t cheap out on Apple products, as it’s always dangerous getting scammed with fakes.

How to check if Apple Pencil is Original

1.  Pencil

Apple Pencil Logo Fake Vs Real
  • Authentic:
    • Apple + Line above has the same thickness.
    • “Pencil” uses the right font: Apple San Serif.
  • Fake:
    • Line above the apple is too thin.
    • “Pencil” uses the wrong font.

Every authentic Apple Pen uses the same font.

Below’s a worser replica:

Apple Pencil Fake Logo
  • Fake: Font is way too thin.

Apple’s logo is almost right this time, but the “Pencil” print is way off.

Finding it too hard? Reach out to our Apple experts:

2. Designed in California

Apple Pencil Real Vs Fake Comparison: Designed by Apple in California
  • Authentic: Smaller, darker “Designed by Apple in California” text.
  • Fake: Text is too big and faded.

The original Apple Pen’s text is supposed to be an intense dark gray.

3. Serial number

The serial number is found in 3 places: Settings, Box, Inside the Tip.

If you’re not sure, check out Apple’s guide on where to find it.

Fake Apple Pencil Serial Number

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Grab the serial number
  2. Go to this website:
  3. Type the number + complete the captcha
  4. Hit the blue button

If your serial number is authentic, you’ll see a Valid Purchase Date.

If it is a fake:

Apple Pencil Fake Serial Number

If it says that your serial number belongs to a “product that has been replaced”, it’s +60% confirmed that the pen is a replica.

Further explanation:

  • For other products (e.g AirPods 3 or iPhone 15), the serial number is a 100% trustworthy test.
  • However, the pen isn’t as popular, so the test isn’t as reliable.

Let’s move on.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Box

Apple Pencil Real Vs Fake Comparison: Box Logo
  • Authentic: Thinner text with less space between the Apple and “Pencil”.
  • Fake: Too much space between  and “Pencil”.

Also, the “l” in Pencil” is too thick.


There you go!

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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