Introduction🔗

As I wrote before, I am on the iOS 14 beta. I forgot to download the iPadOS beta, though! While I have an iPad (the regular model), I infrequently used it, but wanted to change that, so I wiped it, upgraded, and started from scratch. I mainly made it a note taking and reading device, and one feature made the experience so much better: Scribble.

Before🔗

With my iPad, I also bought an Apple Pencil. It is a joy to use, but I needed apps to take advantage of it. I could not simply use it anywhere I wanted, which became inconvenient when taking notes in an ebook or paper. If I did not have my bluetooth keyboard with me (and usually, I do not), using the large screen to type annoyed me. I even moved to PDFs (which I then stuck with and still use for reading), so I could use my Pencil in PDF Expert to take handwritten (although, my handwriting is atrocious) notes.

Scribble🔗

With iPadOS 14, Apple added Scribble (among other features), which transcribes what you write with the Pencil. After a day of using it, I can confirm it is incredible. Now, I can have the speed of handwriting on the iPad but have it transcribed into actual text. It even somehow transcribe my aforementioned godawful handwriting (with about 90% accuracy, so nice job Apple).

Remaining Issues🔗

While I use the Apple Pencil for handwriting (and then transcribed) notes, I also use it as a way to navigate my iPad. Instead of using my hands, I may use the Pencil which is already over the screen to click a button. As Scribble is not restricted only to the text box, but also some room around it, a tap may occasionally be registered as a period. Minor issue, yet will take some time to get used to. Also, sometimes there is not enough room to write, so I need to pause a little for it to be transcribed. If not, words may not be spaced out and be combined into one. Although, Apple realized this as drawing a line between any two letters will have a space appear.

Future🔗

While I only use it to make notes on readings for now, I want to see how I can incorporate this into general writing as well. Perhaps I will write my wiki and blog posts with it? We will see.