You’ll still be able to use the Apple Pencil as a navigational tool with the iPad Pro in iOS 9.3

BY Evan Selleck

Published 24 Feb 2016


Turns out Apple isn’t actually taking anything away from the Apple Pencil‘s vault of functionality features with iOS 9.3.

Earlier this week, a report indicated that Apple had removed features from the Apple Pencil while using the stylus with the iPad Pro. Specifically, using the accessory as a navigational tool, to scroll, select text, and more, has been removed from iOS 9.3 in its latest beta. However, that’s not going to be the case.

As reported by The Verge, Apple has every intention of bringing those features back to the Apple Pencil in a subsequent beta release. Here’s the full statement from Apple, as provided in the original report:

“Apple Pencil has been a huge hit with iPad Pro users, who love it for drawing, annotating and taking notes. We believe a finger will always be the primary way users navigate on an iPad, but we understand that some customers like to use Apple Pencil for this as well and we’ve been working on ways to better implement this while maintaining compatibility during this latest beta cycle. We will add this functionality back in the next beta of iOS 9.3.”

The software releases are betas, so some functionality coming and going makes sense. People being concerned that their $99 accessory not being able to be used anywhere on their expensive tablet other than in a drawing app also makes sense.

[via The Verge]