Apple introduces USB and Bluetooth mouse support with iPadOS but don't expect an arrow cursor

Apple introduces USB and Bluetooth mouse support with iPadOS but don't expect an arrow cursor
After introducing support for external hard drives, USB sticks and memory cards in the new iPadOS, developers are now finding that Apple has more surprises in store for its tablets. Tucked as an Accessibility feature, Apple has included the ability to connect a USB or Bluetooth mouse to your iPad, making it a better productivity machine.

Introduced as an AssistiveTouch helper in the iPad's accessibility options, mouse support includes both wired and wireless gear, as well as the Magic Trackpad thingy of Apple. Once connected, the "cursor" won't look like a typical mouse one, of course, but rather a circle imitating a finger touch. Apple isn't listing the new option in its extensive new iPadOS features list, but it's there.

Remember, that's because it is an accessibility feature, but folks who have been waiting for a mouse and cursor support, any cursor, would nonetheless be glad this is happening. The new iPadOS aims to close the gap between tablets and laptops, and introducing mouse support is just one more arrow in Apple's quiver on the quest to do just that.



8. Jphones

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I had usb mouse support on tablets back in 2012. So Apple takes 7 extra years and doesn't even improve on it. Smh yet they'll charge you $125 for a moose

7. geordie8t1

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

About time, I mean Usb support is such a basic feature, it should be across the board, but FINALLY at least its on the iPad, the pro's will benefit from this

5. TBomb

Posts: 1750; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The fall will have some new product introductions. The $129 AppleMouse! "We've invented an entirely new and innovative way to interact with your iPad. *cheer* With our never before seen technology IntuitiveClick will be able to accurately measure the pressure of your click to 400 different degrees *cheer* so you can control your music without ever opening AppleMusic. *cheer* We developed the AppleMouse with AI and ON-DEVICE machine learning so all you need is a light click and swipe right for the next song. *cheer* To tell you more about the amazing AppleMouse I'd like to invite our VP of Physical Interactions John Brown! *cheers*

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

How accurate is the click when your manuvering a dime around the screen?

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2289; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This means iPad’s will become more expensive...

2. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android butthurt that apple getting more features they already had: what year is this? Apple fans that do not waste buying cheap android for many years: this is very nice update

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

What are you smoking dude? How hard is it to add a mouse support? Why don't you understand that your beloved fruit company has MacBooks to sell hence they are limiting all these features on their tablets. It's pretty clear to see when you are not blindfolded or brainwashed. But I feel ya my man.

1. limporgyuk

Posts: 378; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

What year is this??

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