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Missing Apple Pencil features will return in next iOS 9.3 beta

A minor panic ensued when the ability to navigate around an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil was removed in the first beta for iOS 9.3. Three more beta versions have followed and have seen no return of the stylus-like features.

However, Cupertino is not planning to permanently remove the functionality from the accessory, in order to make it a drawing-only tool.

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Instead the firm is working on improving the means of moving around iOS with the Pencil and will restore the functionality in a forthcoming version.

In a statement offered to The Verge the company said it’ll be back within the next beta cycle.

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.”

So there you have it. Apple has no intentions of taking away your stylus-style usage even though it seems to resent it a little bit.

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The fourth beta of iOS 9.3, released on Tuesday, cleans up some issues for the full release expected next month.

iOS 9.3 will bring the new Night Shift display colour brightness and temperature feature into play as well as Touch ID functionality to protect the Notes app.

CarPlay will also be fully compatible with Apple Music and new 3D Touch shortcuts.

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