when will iOS be compatible with Apple Pencil?

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There is no way to enter text with the Apple Pencil. The only thing it lets you do is use the pencil to tap on keys on the soft keyboard. I can do this easier with my fingers. When will iOS support the Apple Pencil and why does it seem like nobody cares about this?
 
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There is no way to enter text with the Apple Pencil. The only thing it lets you do is use the pencil to tap on keys on the soft keyboard. I can do this easier with my fingers. When will iOS support the Apple Pencil and why does it seem like nobody cares about this?
It seems that you are asking about handwriting-to-text recognition. If so, i agree that its time that Apple add that feature. It exists in different ways in a number of iOS apps. Nebo from MyScript does a decent job. For a time MyScript had an app called Stylus that was an alternative iOS keyboard but has been pulled.
I believe the feature exists in Notability. I would like to see the feature baked into the iOS.
Handwriting-to-text existed in the Newton Message pad 20 years ago and was rather good with the second version of that device's OS (i have a Newton 120).
 

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It seems that you are asking about handwriting-to-text recognition. If so, i agree that its time that Apple add that feature. It exists in different ways in a number of iOS apps. Nebo from MyScript does a decent job. I believe the feature exists in Notability.
Handwriting-to-text existed in the Newton Message pad 20 years ago and was rather good with the second version of that device's OS (i have a Newton 120).
I have 7 notes apps that all work reasonably well, but differently, for handwriting and corrections. Not a single one of them lets me enter text into anything useful or into normal text input elements. I have like $50 tied up in all these notes apps!
 

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I have 7 notes apps that all work reasonably well, but differently, for handwriting and corrections. Not a single one of them lets me enter text into anything useful or into normal text input elements. I have like $50 tied up in all these notes apps!
Yep, they all behave differently. Having handwriting-to-text built into the iOS would make for a nicer customer/user experience. I am surprised that Apple has not bought MyScript.

I am hopeful that handwriting-to-text will be a feature in the next iOS.
 

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It seems that you are asking about handwriting-to-text recognition. If so, i agree that its time that Apple add that feature. It exists in different ways in a number of iOS apps. Nebo from MyScript does a decent job. For a time MyScript had an app called Stylus that was an alternative iOS keyboard but has been pulled.
I believe the feature exists in Notability. I would like to see the feature baked into the iOS.
Handwriting-to-text existed in the Newton Message pad 20 years ago and was rather good with the second version of that device's OS (i have a Newton 120).
They must be halfway there as you can even search through your handwritten stuff in the notes app!
 

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Even when the Nebo myscript app existed, it was JANKY. I want to just write directly on the text input element, but it would pull up this self-scrolling pad in place of the soft keyboard. I could never make the corrections I wanted to because the text was always scrolling by itself. I need the iPad to let me write text directly on input elements. I'm genuinely curious how they could hype the Apple Pencil so much when it is not even supported in ios.
 

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I use Mazec Handwriting recognition which acts as an additional keyboard in any IOS app, hence it does what you want. It’s not native though.

Of the handwriting apps, I’ve got GoodNotes, Notability, ZoomNotes, Noteshelf2 and a few others None are perfect; but the program that get’s the most is GoodNotes.

So mostly, Don’t get a lot of use out of Mazec. Where it does come in handy is directly writing into a Google Docs document. But honestly with the quality of *my* writing - it isn’t very good.

Tom
 
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