The Apple Pencil can’t be used as a navigational tool in iOS 9.3


Right now, iPad Pro users using the Apple Pencil running the latest version of iOS 9.2 can use the stylus as a navigational tool. Turns out Apple doesn’t have plans to keep that feature around.

Many iPad Pro owners are raising their voice to the fact that Apple has removed the feature of using the Apple Pencil as a navigational tool in the betas for iOS 9.3, which just saw the release of beta 4 to developers this week. Right now, the Apple Pencil can be used to scroll, swipe between apps, select text, tap on buttons, and more, all without needing to be within a drawing/art-based app.

However, many iOS 9.3 beta users are pointing out that those pieces of functionality have been removed in each version of the beta, and Apple doesn’t appear to be addressing it within release notes, leaving many to believe that the specific functionally as it is won’t be making a return in iOS 9.3 when it launches later this year for the public.

While some believed that it was a bug in the betas, and that Apple didn’t have intentions on removing those use cases for the stylus, that doesn’t appear to be the case. As noted by MacRumors, and originally stated by Myke Hurley on the podcast, sources say that this isn’t a bug at all, and it’s a decision made by Apple to make the stylus not be used as a navigation tool.

“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.”

With the bigger display, using the Apple Pencil as a tool to navigate between apps, select text, and more would certainly make sense. Dropping those pieces of functionality as they are now seems strange, but considering Apple has positioned the Pencil as a tool for drawing, or other creative aspects, perhaps not too surprising. Then again, it is a stylus, so those

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