Why doesn't the pencil work like your finger?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by marlman, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. marlman macrumors regular

    marlman

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    i have the 10.5 Pro and Apple Pencil combo and love it. I use the pencil for a bit of note taking but mostly navigation.

    On the screen it works exactly like your finger but not when swiping down or up to get notifications or control centre.

    I am sure there is some technical reason which someone will tell me but I just thought it would work like your finger!
     
  2. ventmore macrumors 6502

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    Probably so you don't accidentally activate either one whilst tying to use the pencil inside applications.
     
  3. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

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    A better question might be why would you want it to work like your finger? The further they keep it from a generic stylus, and focused on writing and drawing, the better. The design philosophy of iOS is based on touch.
     
  4. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    My vote is for the Pencil to work just like your finger when navigating. Just to take it a step further 3D touch should be part of the Pencil functionality during navigation. I just bought my 10.5" Pro so I don't have any experience with the Pencil yet.

    Or at least give us a toggle to turn certain Apple Pencil features off. Better to have more options than no options especially if it's geared towards pro's right?
     
  5. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

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    The iPad doesn't have Taptic Engine, so 3D Touch behavior might be a bit confusing.

    I always thought Apple should have an optional, unsupported, advanced settings app for power users. In a case like that, they'd be free to add any imaginable setting. Right now, things aren't very configurable with the Pencil.
     

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