“Over the course of the iOS 9.3 beta testing period, iPad Pro users running the update have noticed a disturbing feature removal that limits the functionality of the Apple Pencil,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.
“In the current version of iOS, iOS 9.2, the Apple Pencil can be used for navigational purposes, just like a finger,” Clover reports. “It’s possible to tap on buttons, select text, scroll, swipe between apps, access menus, and access general editing controls in non-drawing apps.”
“With iOS 9.3, much of that functionality has been removed,” Clover reports. “In a recent podcast, Relay.fm co-founder Myke Hurley said he’s heard that the decision isn’t a bug, but an intentional design decision. ‘Sources in the know confirm that removing the functionality of the Apple Pencil is a decision inside of Apple. It is not a bug they have overlooked for three betas. It is a decision.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: iOS does not require a stylus and, it seems, Apple wants to make sure that remains the case.
Apple Pencil is just that: An electronic pencil, not a stylus.
It’s highly likely that this decision was not made lightly and, of all the tech companies on the planet, we trust Apple to make proper UX design decisions, especially one as fundamental as this.