Frustrating typing experience with Apple Pencil on iPadOS 14
So I’m someone who primarily uses my iPad with the pencil. Almost all the time I use the pencil. I’m not an Artist or Graphic designer; I’d consider myself an average iPad user. I like the pencil primarily because I can comfortably reach the whole keyboard by moving my fingers and wrist in a small area. It feels comfortable, quick, and intuitive, as opposed to reaching across the whole screen with my finger.
With iPadOS 14, everything about how I interact with my iPad feels wrong. Suppose I want to visit a website. First, I tap the address bar with my pencil and accidentally draw an apostrophe. Next, instead of going straight to the keyboard, I’m presented with weird pencil menu which, afaik, initially only has one useful control which opens the keyboard. The other buttons are to undo/redo markups, and a link to the pencil settings. So finally, I have the keyboard open after pressing two buttons. Only rather than the normal keyboard, I get a small copy of an iPhone keyboard (on the left side of the screen, wtf). If I want to type a number or symbol, I have to change to that keyboard then change back. What’s worse, the keys are small and difficult to type on accurately using the pencil. I can actually type faster on the pencil keyboard with my hand, and on the finger keyboard with my pencil. Finally, I delete the apostrophe I accidentally drew and type what I initially wanted. Ughh!
I feel like Apple really missed the ball in terms of how streamline the pencil UI. I feel like in iPadOS 14 I’m supposed to only use the pencil for handwriting and drawing, and my finger for typing. I don’t think I’ll be getting used to the new way of doing things and intend to downgrade to iOS 13 until these issues are resolved.
I would propose the following changes to improve the UI:
1) By default, a single tap in any text field from the pencil opens the regular keyboard in typing mode.
2) Only when a user begins handwriting in a text field, open a control menu which allows undo/redo, etc.
3) Add controls to the Pencil Settings menu to set the keyboard to the full sized or compact version.