All iPads Any way to use a Mouse yet?

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  1. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    Hi all,

    There are times that I would love to be able to use a mouse with the iPad. Just wondering if anyone has figured out a way to do it yet.

    Thanks.

    PS -- Yeah, I know that the iPad wasn't designed to be used with a mouse, but I'd still like the option if at all possible.
     
  2. Bheleu macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like you want a Surface... Good luck with that.
     
  3. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nope. I want to use a mouse with an iPad.
     
  4. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    Nope. Not at this time.
     
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Wait for the jailbreak.

    Doesn't sound like that to me.
     
  6. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is this true? Would a jailbreak allow a mouse to be used?
     
  7. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Yes, there are ways to do it with a jailbreak and a bluetooth mouse.
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    What would you use a mouse for?
     
  9. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

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    Have you considered using a stylus with an iPad? I suspect that would be more practical.
     
  10. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    I think the OP means that the iPad would be just used as a screen, standing upright on a tabletop while he uses a keyboard & mouse. Ive also wondered about this. It would get us closer to replacing the laptop completely. Or, almost completely.
     
  11. chabig macrumors 68040

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    But...using the mouse to do what? iPad has a touch-based user interface. It simply cannot be controlled with a mouse.
     
  12. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    BT Mouse on jailbroken iPads would argue that a mouse can be used, just not for multitouch things.
     
  13. pat park macrumors 6502a

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    With no cursor how would you know where you are at on the screen?

    You don't need a cursor with a touch device as your finger tip selects where you want to go. A mouse needs some kind of visual pointer, cursor to identify the position.
     
  14. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. The OP hasn't thought this through very well.
     
  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Same way as on any tablet that supports a mouse, when you connect or pair a mouse, the cursor appears. And when you disconnect that mouse, the cursor disappears.
     
  16. chabig macrumors 68040

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    My mistake. I though we were talking about iPads in this thread.
     
  17. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I love how just because some one doesn't want to do something it is either impossible or stupid. :rolleyes:
     
  18. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    We are, you implied the OP hadn't thought through his question because how would the iPad's touch UI show a cursor. I replied that just like any other touch UI that supports a mouse, once the mouse is connected the cursor is displayed, and when the mouse is disconnected the cursor is hidden.

    That's how it would work on the iPad as well.
     
  19. rrm74001 macrumors regular

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    No one is going to "figure it out". There is zero mouse support in iOS. And there probably never will be. Even if you were somehow able to pair a mouse with it, a cursor will not magically appear.

    If you jailbreak, that is different story. Almost anything is possible then. I have never heard of such a thing though.
     
  20. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Looks like you aren't reading through this very well. It SIMPLY can be done on an IPAD.

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    Here you go: http://www.gizmag.com/jailbreak-tweak-allows-mouse-ipad/24468/

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    Look, a cursor!

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  22. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Not a bad question at all. If someone wanted to do more "detailed" or precise editing of pics, slideshow, etc., a mouse would be welcome vs a finger. Surprised this is not an option as it does not seem like it would be that difficult.

    As to the "no cursor" comment - come on folks. If there was a way to use a mouse, the software could create a cursor. Those comments are so off the wall.
     
  23. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    From the link above....

     
  24. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    That's why I said wait for the jailbreak.
     
  25. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Are you asking me or telling me?
     

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