Any news on handwriting recognition?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by applesupergeek, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. applesupergeek macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    This is one of the missing items on the ipad, and the one app I am aware of (writepad) leaves a whole lot to be desired.

    So, I was wondering if anyone had come across another solution for handwritting recognition.

    It's hard to believe how the Newton had handwriting recognition that worked pretty well (eventually) way back when, and the ipad hasn't...
  2. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    No news that I heard of. This issue was covered in some older threads here on MR. Apple could have easily enabled their Notes application with the handwriting technology from Newton, which actually worked quite well. Instead, the Notes app is as barebones as it can get. Pretty pathetic for them to actually ship something like that.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    For some reason, there is a handwriting recognition feature for Chinese -- has been there since at least OS 2.0.

    Personally, I'm not sure I'd use a handwriting feature for English even if there is one. Inputting English with the keyboard is accurate and fast, so any handwriting recognition will have to be as accurate as keyboard input or it's just a novelty feature that slows you down.
  4. applesupergeek thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    Yes it is pathetic as is, they should step up and put handwriting recognition in notes. No excuse when the tec is already there to not include it, sure typing is handy and fast, but a lot of times you need to just jot something down.
  5. Fraaaa macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    London, UK
    When Jobs made his team working on the iPad he decide to avoid two this:

    1. Stylus
    2. Handwriting recognition as form of input.

    I think I heard of it on D8 full video.

    Sorry guys, is not going to happen.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Typing is faster.

    Speech to text recognition from Dragon works ok.
  7. Spudracer macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2009
    Handwriting recognition is the dumbest use of processing power ever. Is there a slower method of input? And I certainly don't want a detachable stylus to keep track of. How would you use a stylus on a capacitive touchscreen anyway? Wouldn't dragging your hand across the screen along with the stylus just confuse the crap out of the touch sensors? Gotta slip on a special insulating glove to write? Glove stores in a pouch next to the stylus? Sorry, but this belongs on the retard's wish list with full desktop operating systems and flash. :confused:

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