Apple Pencil Navigation Functionality to Return in Next iOS 9.3 Beta

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    The early iOS 9.3 betas removed key functionality from the Apple Pencil, an unpopular move that eliminated its ability to be used for navigation. There were rumors suggesting the feature removal was intentional, but Apple today told The Verge that's not the case.

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    Apple has confirmed that the features that have been removed in iOS 9.3 will be returning in the next beta, and that they have been temporarily pulled as the company works on improvements.
    Since the first iOS 9.3 beta, the Apple Pencil has not been able to be used for tasks like selecting text, scrolling, swiping between apps, accessing menus, and general editing functions in non-drawing apps. These are all features that are available in iOS 9.2, and their absence from four betas in a row led customers to think the removal was both permanent and intentional.

    The inability to use the Apple Pencil for navigating has been frustrating for iPad Pro owners, and many of our own MacRumors readers said they would not upgrade to the new operating system if it meant being unable to use the iPad Pro outside of drawing apps.

    Article Link: Apple Pencil Navigation Functionality to Return in Next iOS 9.3 Beta
     
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    Forget all the FBI stuff, this is what Apple is about!
     
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    That is good to hear. Now hopefully the feature will be compatible with iPad Air 3 :)
     
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    Wow, that is extremely weird of Apple to say something so exact like this, like "It's coming in next beta" rather than be all secretive and vague.
     
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    Good to see public outcry influences Apple.
     
  9. BSben macrumors 6502a

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    Well I hope the people that threw tantrums over the removal will throw even bigger tantrums over the return of the functions. Beta testing is something not meant for everyone, there are way too many crybabies taking part, but at least their whining kept some of us entertained.
     
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    ain't no wrath like the prosumer's wrath.
     
  11. BSben macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you read that in the article?
     
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    I thought there was never gonna be next beta given that March 15 is not that far away.
     
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    Lots of babies crying like crazy in the forums yesterday when it was reported (incorrectly) that it wouldn't return. Smart folks knew it would return but that didn't stop plenty from cursing Apple and going on and on about how "STEVE JOBS WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS!"
     
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    Apple made the statement so fast because of the public outcry. When Macrumors, Serenity Caldwell, and John Gruber are writing their opinion on it, it's hit the Mac scene big.
     
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    Good news.

    They would also believe that a finger will always be the primary way to respond to the FBI, were it not for the need to make those actual pesky legal argument things....
     
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    That's not what the statement says nor implies, which is the exact opposite.
     
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    This is why it's good to complain people. Just don't sit there and take it.
     
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    It's like... removing iMessage because we want you to SMS.

    Ok bad analogy. Someone give me a better one please.
     
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    In this case, all that it influenced Apple to do was reveal that it would be in the next Beta.
     
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    This is why betas are important. If you're willing to do them, and provide the feedback, the experience is good. Many people will never know the annoyance these testers went through...
     
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    Ok everyone take your meds and get back to work. Sheesh....
     

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