iPadOS 14 expected to add new uses for Apple Pencil

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Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more useful.
Get ready for Apple Pencil to become useful for more than artists and students.
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iPadOS 14 reportedly will bring multiple new features to Apple Pencil. On Tuesday came word that Safari will offer new markup tools for webpages.

An earlier report indicated the next iPadOS version could finally bring handwriting recognition to Apple tablets.

More Apple Pencil markup tools?

Today, 9to5Mac reported on the additional markup tools coming to iPad: “iPadOS 14 might include full support for Apple Pencil input on websites, making it compatible not only to scroll and touch but also to draw and markup with all its capabilities in Safari and other browsers.”
But it’s not clear exactly what new features are in the offing. As noted, a stylus can already be used to navigate around on websites. And it’s possible to take a screenshot of a website as an image or PDF and mark it up.

But iPad handwriting recognition is certainly big

There’s no question that the earlier report of iPad handwriting recognition, if true, will change how many people use their tablets. It will supposedly be a system-wide feature, allowing users to write words with an Apple Pencil into any application.

This change would save people already using Apple’s stylus from having to type with the on-screen keyboard. They could instead write words into a floating text-entry area.

The source for both these Pencil-related reports is allegedly a copy of Apple’s upcoming operating system that leaked out earlier this year.

The time for rumors is almost over, though. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22. Apple also could take this opportunity to introduce the Apple Pencil in a new black casing.