Surprise (or not) – iPad has a “handwriting keyboard”

iPadHandwritingEngadget almost got me excited with a mention of a prototype handwriting keyboard on the iPad, uncovered with a look at the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK.  But then I saw the screenshot that led to it.

Sorry folks, it’s not new; it’s just the Chinese language keyboard that’s been part of the iPhone for more than a year.

It gets me thinking about handwritten input on the iPad though. Capacitive touch doesn’t stack up to an active digitizer, but some people get by with it. Comments from anyone who’s used handwritten input on the iPhone would be much appreciated.