Saturday, June 12, 2010

Why the iPad does not have Handwriting Recognition

Without the stylus wand,
there's really no magic.
Quoted from a USAToday recap of Steve Jobs in the D8 interview:
On tablets and the creation of the recently-released iPad, Jobs says Apple tried to reimagine the device because handwriting on it was doomed to fail. "We said if you need a stylus you've already failed," Jobs says.
With the Apple Newton, they did fail. Even worse with the Inkwell and hence the transition to multitouch technology. Apparently experience has taught them not to tinker with handwriting recognition any longer. Maybe Jobs' latest device is, after all, not that "magical", having lacked a feature I really consider essential for tablet devices.



When questioned about a network issue, one of his responses was:
You can bet we're doing everything we know how to do
I interpret that as Apple having inferior research and development. It is as if like they're just exaggerating the features they currently have to cover up the missing, and probably more important, features of tech devices.

Is Apple really changing the way we perceive computing? Yes, but with the iPad it is for the worse. In a writer's review for the iPad as a writing tool for example, he says you either need to adjust to its limits or wait for a hardware upgrade and updated software if the current iPad fails to live up to your expectations. If the latter happens for handwriting recognition, the iPad would be so cool for everyone. If not, we're stuck with iPad's rather inaccurate virtual keyboard.