Using the Apple Bluetooth Mouse on the iPad?

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  1. macrumors member

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    Anyone know if the Apple Bluetooth mouse works w/the iPad?

    No luck w/my iPad seeing it.


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  2. macrumors regular

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    no.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    How would that work!? the iPad has a touch UI not a point and click one. It wont even have mouse drivers.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Good point, though it would be a nice feature to have when docked w/the Bluetooth keyboard.

    Thx.


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  5. macrumors 603

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    No such luck. Start training your arm for that :D
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    why?

    just why?

    i mean why would the iPad even have the little pointer icons in its system?

    and why use it?

    i mean why not just complain that your laserjet printer doesn't have movable type faces?

    there is nothing about this that even makes sense...
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    how do u think developers generate touch events in the simulator?


    Touch interface vs point and click?
     
  8. macrumors member

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    The iPad is a touch based device. It doesn't know what to do with a mouse.
    On the other hand the standard wireless (bluetooth) Apple keyboard should work. Just got mine so what I say is not set in stone.

    Ken

     
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    Why have an external keyboard then?

    Anyway, I was just asking. ;)



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  10. macrumors 65816

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    I wish
     
  11. macrumors member

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    Virtual desktop? No? Ok.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors member

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    The standard bluetooth keyboard does work.

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  13. macrumors 6502a

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    It's a simulator... it simulates them.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    If there is a Jailbreak for the iPad, a bluetooth and mouse will work if third party developers decide to implement this. It currently works with my iPhone 3GS.

    As for you people saying it's silly and why, it will be like using a laptop when your iPad is docked. You will be able to scroll/click through pages without touching your iPad, there's nothing silly about that.

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  15. macrumors 6502a

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    I asked this question some time ago and folks came back with a serious of ridiculous reasons why it's not possible or why it would never be possible but you can bet that Apple doesn't want an iPad to emulate the function of any of their macbook's. That's the only reason why bluetooth mice don't work on an iPad. If you think about how a developer has to test their application in the simulator it's perfectly reasonable to expect that you could use your mouse with the tablet when using a bluetooth keyboard. Any other response is simply isn't convincing.

     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    The simulator get them from the mouse on the computer. That's the point. The device is useable with a mouse.

     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    What's silly is the idea that you should have to touch something whilst using an external keyboard. That's what's silly. Apple should be called out for what is deliberately missing functionality so as to not hurt hardware sales.

     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    No, the simulator flukes the OS into thinking the touchscreen has just been pressed, probably by loading a certain value into one of the devices simulated registers.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    What the hell are you talking about? The device has a windowing system that processes events it just gets the events in the simulator from a mouse. Why's that so hard to understand and what are you talking about by "registers?"

    The simulator is a cocoa application that takes cocoa events from the mouse. There's no reason why the same events couldn't be generated thru driver on the device when the mouse is paired with the device.

    "registers?"

     
  20. thread starter macrumors member

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    That was kind a my point. Here I am typing this on my iPad, using my external keyboard, yet I have to go an touch the screen in order to move around it.

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  21. macrumors 6502a

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    My point is simply this. Apple knows that it's stupid to have to touch the screen if using a keyboard but they also know people who want to be productive need to then step up to a laptop. If they didn't have to step up to a laptop that would hurt Apple's laptop sales. That's why a bluetooth mouse will never be supported by Apple on the iPad.

     
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    UIKit (as well as all the apps in the App store) doesn't support any mouse pointer. So exactly what would a mouse do, even if the events were sent to the OS?
     
  23. r0k
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    No need to defend your question. I want to turn my iPad into a remote terminal so I don't have to walk down the stairs to use my MacBook in the basement. Ane while I'm using my iPad in this mode, how the heck can I do drag and drop or right click without a proper mouse. All these people shouting about how stupid this question is just need to go find a thread they understand rather than spout nonsense.
     
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    You mean something silly like a touchscreen imac perhaps?
     
  25. thread starter macrumors member

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    Moving around on this forum, as well as surfing on the net.

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