Apple Includes Chinese Handwriting Recognition in iPhone 2.0 Beta

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    Apple has quietly included handwriting recognition for Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) into the latest iPhone Firmware 2.0 beta. When you select Chinese input, you are given the option to use handwriting recognition allowing you to draw characters on the screen. As you write the character, four possibilities appear on the right side of the screen. Wretch.cc (Chinese) details many screenshots of the new feature, and MacRumors has been able to independently verify that this does exist in the latest iPhone firmware beta available to registered iPhone developers.


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    Apple was one of the pioneers in handwriting recognition technology with their Newton Personal Digital Assistant. While the original Newton contained a 3rd party handwriting engine that generated some early bad press, Apple later deployed their own much improved handwriting technology known as "Rosetta". Rosetta technology later found its way into Mac OS X under the name "Inkwell".

    Apple recently started hiring for a new Handwriting Recognition Engineer, so it appears Apple is reinvesting in this technology.

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    This is simply AWESOME. Can't wait to try the 2.0 out!!

    But how are we suppose to write the character? Use my big fingers to write complex characters?? Umm...
     
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    Can't ignore China...

    Apple can't ignore China and its growing market. Of course Steve wouldn't do so as he was told by Hillary and Bill Clinton to support their biggest cash cow.

    How do you say how many Loral missile systems do you need in Chinese? :p
     
  5. mzlin macrumors member

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    Awesome

    Awesome. This always seemed to me to be the killer app among touchscreen devices. Chinese lends itself to computer handwriting recognition in a way alphabetical languages never did. iPhone lust just went up among 1 billion Chinese.
     
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    seems like great technology. glad to see apple working on this
     
  9. AlphaAnt macrumors regular

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    So since they've added Chinese, is it safe to assume that Japanese, Korean, etc. will be in the final version?
     
  10. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816

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    It's also much more likely that this technology is not so much for the iPhone but indicates Apple moving back into tablets in a big way.

    Right now there isn't a single mobile OS that can touch them. It will take years for Android to produce anything like a viable alternative to Apple's multi-touch.
     
  11. Shasterball macrumors 6502a

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    I'm confused. If you can use a computer using a keyboard to input in Chinese, why do you need handwriting recognition? Why not just use the same keyboard?
     
  12. Simmerl macrumors member

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    Kanji recognition and Leopard's Japanese/English dictionary, and even I'd buy an iPhone!
     
  13. arn macrumors god

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    You mean this keyboard? http://www.slate.com/id/2136757/

    I don't know if Apple will introduce English Handwriting Recognition, but I'd still like to see it. I really liked the Newton.

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    Have you ever seen a Chinese keyboard? 1,200 keys should just about cover your needs.
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  15. Novaoblivion macrumors member

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    Very very cool! I would love to see this working for English and Japanese too! :D
     
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    And I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords!
     
  17. JimmyDreams macrumors 6502

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    We don't really need this in an iPhone...

    I mean, c'mon! How hard is it to say "I'll have the #9, extra spicy"?

    (that's humor folks...let it go!)
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    I'm mixed. I'm pretty proficient with the soft keyboard as it stands. A handwriting interface, while neat, seems less efficient, especially without a "pen" to write with. It's be like finger painting. Imagine how may "Eat Up Martha"'s it could make.

    But, what does it hurt to put a handwriting option in there for those who would use it? Rosetta already exists, so pop that engine into the iPhone and bob's yer uncle.
     
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    I don't see why we would need an English handwriting system, I can understand the Chinese part though.
     
  20. redrabbit macrumors 6502

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    Typing in Chinese on a QWERTY keyboard is fairly easy once you learn how to do it. That said, this on the iphone is AWESOME.
     
  21. roach macrumors regular

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    Tablet PC had this feature for eons

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  22. TimelessWind88 macrumors newbie

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    Japanese Too?

    This is really interesting. I wonder if they could also implement the same programming toward Japanese, too? I'm taking Japanese in college so I may actually have a use for this if American iPhones could get it. Both languages use many of the same characters. In fact, the character being drawn means "inside/in the middle of" as a kanji in Japanese.
     
  23. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    Don't tell me...you can learn how to use it in "15 minute!" LMAO:D
     
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    Not really. Chinese and other languages like it will generally have a romanji (roman letter based) spelling for words. This romanji form can then be transformed (with the space bar generally) into the 'complex' character forms of the language. When there's more than one character for that romanji (which there generally is) you'll be prompted for which character you really want, just like the screen shot shows at the right side of the screen. This is how I'm able to type in Japanese on my Mac while having a US keyboard. There are more specific keyboards like the one arn linked to, but it can all be done with a standard ascii keyboard.

    喝采 (cheers)
     
  25. hahajose macrumors newbie

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    The handwriting support is only for Traditional Chinese of the Republic of China (commonly known as "Taiwan") .. There will be no keyboard support for Traditional Chinese. And no handwriting support for Chinese of People's Repbublic of China.


    Apple developed handwriting recognition only for Traditional Chinese, so does it mean that iPhone will be sold "legally" in Taiwan soon??!!
     

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