Does the Apple Pencil become a viable tool for the blind in IOS14 with character recognition?

Hardware & Accessories


I was wondering what people's thoughtts were on the apple pencil and IOS14. My understanding is that it can be used to write text that is then converted into digital text, similar to the handwriting feature in universal access.

Firstly I was wondering if this feature is accessible and secondly, whether it was something that could be useful.

I'm a writer, or try to be, and there is something exciting about the slow thoughtful method of writing down ideas long hand rather than blasting them out at 100 words per minute. Maybe it's just a call back to when I could see and write, but there is a certain romance to hand writing something even if the output is a digital content.



Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Also this new Scribble feature where you can draw shapes too. If the pencil is accessible for the blind then I would like to write in cursive again. I loved writing too!

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, July 23, 2020

I'd be surprised if there wasn't some accessibility to it. It seems like a great feature for someone with fluctuating sight, or even some residual. Like brailing, it only relies on muscle memory rather than seeking out buttons on a sheet of glass. Could be a powerful input tool.