Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Apple Buys Handwriting Code for iPhone?

A Chinese developer claims that Apple has bought his software for recognizing handwritten input on the iPhone.

iPhone Atlas writes that, "The developer is currently unwilling to discuss his work, citing a non-disclosure agreement with Apple, and has sent requests for removal to forums publishing screenshots of his previously freely available third-party application.

Dubbed “HWPen,” the third-party handwriting recognition application was developed by to allow Chinese character input on the iPhone, but the program works equally well with English input. Apple has reportedly stripped English character input from the tool, sieving for only Chinese character recognition for iPhone OS 2.0."

The software is still available for download as we reported last month.

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