All iPads Can we expect to see keyboard with trackpad for IPAD?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by yalinc, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. yalinc macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2019
    Since it has mouse support, can we expect to see keyboard with trackpad? I am about to buy one, but don't want to waste money a few months later.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    No. And Apple won’t release such a product in a few months, even if they are building one right now.
  3. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    No, I wouldn’t say so.
  4. rowspaxe macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Timing aside, it will happen. However, designing a trackpad into the smartcover pup tent is no small task
  5. dontpokebearz macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2018

    I don't see this to be a jerk, but we need to curb our expectations with mouse support. This is not going to and most likely won't ever get the level of support that macOS/Windows has.

    Mouse support on iOS is simply an accessibility feature for people with dexterity issues. We don't get a mouse cursor - we get a giant 'finger-esque' cursor.
  6. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    I swear I saw someone using the apple trackpad with the ipad using the ios 13 beta os.
  7. handheldgames macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
  8. yalinc thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2019
    seems many people want a trackpad as me. Hopefully it will be available soon from Apple or somebody..
  9. Mainsail macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2010
    Apple will find a way to monetize mouse doubt. There will be a proprietary Apple trackpad that supports iPadOS gestures, and it will cost over $100......count on it. It might be integrated into the Keyboard case, which will become more expensive, or it will be stand alone accessory or both. But, Apple can’t pass up an opportunity to make some money off of this feature.

    They did the same thing with keyboards and pencils. For years, you could use third party BT keyboards and stylus on your iPad, and you still can. But then, Apple created the proprietary Keyboard Connector and Apple Pencil chip......voila, $200 keyboard case and $100 pencil. A proprietary trackpad is a no-brainer accessory for Apple.
  10. Jedimindtrick macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2017
    I think eventually there will be an apple product that is similar to a Microsoft Surface.

    The preliminary stages of the mouse support, iPadOS is now its own separate OS, and the fact that MacOS will soon be running iPad apps natively - all the framework for a new Apple hardware to eventually hit the market. Things are merging slowly but surely.
  11. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Yes. There will be 3rd parties that will make keyboard covers and cases with a trackpad. As for one made by Apple? No.

    This is the correct answer.
  12. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    We will see quite a few very soon. My advice is to not buy the first wave of accessories, especially when there was no advance warning. Case makes will put out some questionable stuff at first
  13. pippox0 macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2014
  14. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    I could see Brydge making something like this. They might. You never know. You just have to hold out and see. This whole mouse and iPad thing is still a shock to most.
  15. eltoslightfoot macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2011
  16. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    They could make the iPhone the trackpad?

    Isn’t that what Android does?
  17. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    I can almost see it coming out for the Pro eventually, but maybe not until next year - and i'm assuming iPad OS (2? 14?) will feature a "desktop mode" with a dedicated key on the keyboard to trigger it. They might lock it into being a pro feature by the pro keyboard being the only one to feature it (obviously unless third parties add it to theirs)

    Naturally, just wild speculation.
  18. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
    BRYDGE takes their time but this will be a natural for them.

    There's plenty of real estate on their keyboard for the 12.9" iPad Pro, for example. I have one and it's great — if a trackpad version becomes available, I'll buy in a heartbeat.

    I just hope they build it for the gen 1/2 like mine. If they only come out with a gen 3 model, that might push me to upgrade but I hope not. There's no feature in the gen 3 iPad Pro that appeals to me.
  19. jerryk, Jun 12, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Of those people saying Apple will not create a keyboard with a trackpad, how many thought Apple would create a separate iPadOS and add support for a mouse to iPadOS on day one.

    Ever day Apple developers are adding iPad only features to iPadOS making more and more different than IOS
  20. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    Right, it's only been a few days. Apple will realize (at least the negative faction) that people REALLY want this, they will adapt. It's a business after all not a religion (at least not since SJ AD)
  21. yegon, Jun 15, 2019 at 1:34 AM
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2019 at 1:58 AM

    yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the the next iPad Pro had one incorporated into the Smart Keyboard but - surprise! - it wouldn’t be compatible with current iPad Pro’s.

    Although I think even this scenario is a stretch and dependent on Apple bringing mouse support upfront and out of accessibility. Not sure they will as they like to emphasise the touch focus of the os.

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