Still severely constrained at Apple's own stores, Apple Pencil expands to Best Buy

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The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro launched at electronics retailer Best Buy on Friday, with some stores showing inventory in stock, despite the fact that Apple's own retail locations continue to face constraints.

As of Friday, shoppers can check Best Buy's website to see if their local location is carrying the Apple Pencil. Online orders for the stylus are not yet available.

This year, Best Buy has become a closer retail partner with Apple, serving many areas where the iPad maker doesn't have a retail presence. Accordingly, Best Buy locations have sold new devices like the fourth-generation Apple TV on product launch day, alongside Apple's own retail outlets.

Best Buy was also among the first to discount the Apple Watch, offering savings of up to $50 off new purchases of the wearable device. The company also began offering and servicing AppleCare and AppleCare+ warranties this summer.

Availability of the Apple Pencil has been extremely limited since it went on sale last week, due to apparent production issues with the Bluetooth accessory. It is only compatible with Apple's new jumbo-sized iPad Pro.

For more, see AppleInsider's first look at the Apple Pencil, as well as a breakdown of what it can and cannot do. The drawing and pointing tool is priced at $99.99.