After the keynote presentation of the new Apple Watch and the new iPad, Apple last night released the new operating system updates for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch. However, a lot of new features have arrived in a short time. Let’s focus on one of the most striking and at the same time useful: gestures when writing with an Apple Pencil on our iPad.
Gestures to add, select, delete, delete, etc.
Thanks to iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil is much more efficient on iPad. The new features can be summarized in four points: the ability to write in any text field, the ability to select and edit handwritten text, as well as to recognize it to convert it, to be able to draw shapes with precision in the Notes application and that the data detectors now work in these notes and handwritten texts. Plus, all of this comes with the different gestures we can do while we’re writing.
The feature that allows us to write system-wide with Apple Pencil is called Scribble. The operation itself is explained in a few words: we can write with our pencil anywhere. Whether it’s an SMS, a tweet, a phone number in Contacts, a reminder, or an email, just to name a few examples, we can write it with the Apple Pencil.
While we are writing our iPad will recognize the handwriting and convert it to text and to edit, modify, select or delete parts of the written text we have several resources, as shown in the following video:
These are the gestures that we can use when we write by hand with Apple Pencil on our iPad (with iPadOS 14). pic.twitter.com/MpMVtoguLR
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- Remove: Deleting one or more words from a text is as easy as crossing them out (with something other than a straight line) with our Apple Pencil.
- To select: Also very simple, we simply draw a line above the words we want to select or we draw a circle around them.
- Insert: If we want to add a new word in an already written sentence, we stay together in a hurry where we want to write. After less than a second, the text will separate and leave us space to write. If we change our mind and don’t write the text, it will come back together.
- Lien: Joining or separating words is as easy as drawing a vertical line right where we want to divide a specific word or between the two we want to join. Very useful for correcting some small mistakes when writing too fast.
It must be said that for now it seems that Scribble is only available in Chinese or English, although, according to the tests we have carried out, it seems to work perfectly in spanish. It works in Spanish as long as we add the English keyboard in Settings > general > Keyboard and that we do not use language specific characters such as ñ or accents.
We can therefore create folders in the Shortcuts application of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14
Useful, right? In iPadOS 14, Apple really took a barter shift towards the use we can give Apple Pencil, pushing the iPad + Pencil couple much further.