Craig Federighi talks how machine learning makes iPad's Scribble possible
What you need to know
- Apple's Craig Federighi sat down with Popular Mechanics to talk about Scribble.
- The feature converts handwriting into text on iPadOS 14.
- The senior VP talks about how it was created and how it's able to run on device.
In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, sat down to talk about how Scribble, the company's newest feature for the Apple Pencil and iPad in iPadOS 14, came to be.
When it came to understanding how people wrote, Apple literally had tons of people physically write. Doing so allowed the company to understand all the variations that go into how someone writes fast, slow, at an angle, and more.
Apple's machine learning, which understands not only what you are writing but what you may write next, is calculating everything on the iPad itself. Federighi says that this is required in order to protect user privacy and perform at the speed that people need.
The Scribble feature, which allows users to convert writing into text with an Apple Pencil, launched with iPadOS 14.
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