Apple on iPadOS 14 introduced an Apple Pencil feature called “Scribble,” which allows users to write in any text field on the iPad, with the text written by hand and then automatically converted to typescript.
At launch, Scribble was limited to the English and Chinese languages, but with the iPadOS 14.5 beta being available to developers and public beta testers, Apple is expanding Scribble support to German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
With the beta version installed on an iPad, users in these countries can now type in their native languages and iPadOS can translate text accurately. Enabling a language is done through the “Keyboard” section of the Settings application.
Any supported language that is enabled as a keyboard option will be listed under “Squiggle” in the Apple Pencil settings on an iPad, and that language will be available to use when writing, with special characters supported.
Scribble can be used in iPadOS 14 to write iMessages, search in Safari, find directions in Maps, create notes, schedule calendar events, and more. It comes with other features like Smart Select for copying / pasting handwritten notes, and there’s built-in data detection that converts numbers and email addresses so they can be touched.
Apple’s feature availability page continues to list only English and Chinese as available Scribble options, but that should change when iPadOS 14.5 sees an official release in early spring.
There are many other feature changes and additions that Apple is introducing in iPadOS 14.5, including support for the latest game controllers, a loading Apple logo that correctly displays horizontally when the iPad is in landscape mode, new characters emoji and more, with everything. new featured in our iOS 14.5 guide.