Craig Federighi Demos New iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard

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Given the ongoing situation in the United States and other countries, Apple was not able to hold an official March event to unveil its new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, and MacBook Air.


With no event, Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi created a little demo video that shows off the capabilities of the new Magic Keyboard and trackpad support on the iPad. The video created by Federighi was shared by The Verge.

In the demo, Federighi walks through the various features available on the trackpad and provides some insight into why Apple added trackpad capabilities.
Our goal with iPad has always been to create a device so capable and so versatile it can become whatever you want it to be. And that versatility is built on the power of touch.

But of course, we give you so many other ways to interact with the iPad, and sometimes you want to type. For typing, nothing beats the Magic Keyboard. It's when typing that you most appreciate the precision and ergo of a trackpad.

In bringing mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS, we deeply considered the way to bring a cursor to a touch-first environment.
The mouse/trackpad cursor is in the shape of a circle on the iPad's display, which Federighi says makes the most sense for the iPad and a touch first experience because it mimics a fingertip. The cursor is not persistent on the display and shows up only when the trackpad or mouse is touched.


As the cursor moves over various elements on the Home screen and in apps, it transforms to highlight what can be selected with a tap.

Federighi says that the trackpad is "amazing" for text, with the cursor transforming into a precise tool for text editing purposes. It's "super easy" to select text, apply formatting, and select whole blocks of text for dragging and dropping.

The trackpad can be used to access all of the capabilities of iPadOS. Moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen brings up the Dock with apps that can be selected, while moving the cursor to the upper corner of the display brings up Control Center.


Accessing Slide Over apps with the trackpad is possible by sliding the cursor to the side of the screen for simple and quick multitasking capabilities.

iPadOS also supports three finger gestures. Swiping up with three fingers accesses the Home screen, swiping left or right with three fingers swaps between open apps, and a swipe up and hold gesture enters the multitasking view. Pinch gestures work for zooming in and out in an app.

Many apps will also be able to take advantage of the cursor. In a spreadsheet app like Numbers, for example, precise selections can be made for easy edits, and resizing cells can be done with pinch gestures.

Federighi's full demo video showing off the new cursor capabilities on the iPad can be watched over on The Verge's site.

Apple's new Magic Keyboard with trackpad for the iPad Pro isn't coming out until May, but recent iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad models will support the Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, and third-party mice and trackpad options when iOS 13.4 launches on Tuesday, March 24.

We'll be checking out how the Magic Trackpad works with existing iPads in a video coming later this week, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors for that.

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Relentless Power

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Not gonna lie, trackpad support on the iPad is something I never wanted, but never knew I needed. Seems like this thing is bringing loads of functionality to iPadOS. Can't wait to try it out.
In terms of my workload, 90% of it is through my iPad, and I don’t know that this is a ’game changing’ feature for me, but the way you worded it, was perfect. It’s one of those features that you really never contemplated because of how we adjusted without having something like this all these years, but you realize how much more it adds to the experience with the trackpad to task quicker/more efficiently.
 

Relentless Power

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I guess we know how the WWDC “Keynote” will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple makes this the new announcement format going forward. It really works.
Agreed. We live in a digital world now, where webinars, Meetings/presentations, group assignments, etc. are all conducted online now. 2020 will be a year where the format for ‘large based’ crowds will be migrating online, but as you said, it works. What not a better way to market this iPad not just through social media, but With online tutorials given the pandemic. (And it’s always good to see ‘Hair force one’.?)
 

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Not sure how the floating keyboard stand charges the iPad. Does it have wireless charging now? That would be huge for those of us who use iPads for Kiosks. We could then just have a wireless charging mount in the back with no wires, just a clean sheet of glass kiosk. I will buy a lot of these, if that's possible.
 
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This was Apple’s opportunity to reinvent what a cursor should be in 2020. Rather than an arrow and a little gloved hand, the circle metamorphoses itself into the required shape for the action. It doesn’t just change shape, you can see the little circle becoming a character cursor or a focus selection.

This is why we love Apple. They could’ve just copied the Mac’s long-standing cursor to the iPad but instead reinvented it specifically for a predominant touch device with all the little details that surprise and delight.

Apple’s still got it!
 

Relentless Power

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Excellent video. I'm contemplating a new iPad and Apple's keyboard.
There’s no comparison to Apple’s keyboard. The felt-like carpeted fabric, the tactile feedback from the keys and overall integration with iPad is excellent. If you’re considering any alternative, I would look at Logitech, but I personally would spend the money on Apple’s OEM keyboard.
 

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In terms of my workload, 90% of it is through my iPad, and I don’t know that this is a ’game changing’ feature for me, but the way you worded it, was perfect. It’s one of those features that you really never contemplated because of how we adjusted without having something like this all these years, but you realize how much more it adds to the experience with the trackpad to task quicker/more efficiently.
Actually, it was pretty clear that when you moved to an external/physical KB, what I would call, the "interface gap" posed a bit of a disruption in the seamlessness of use. To use the full display + physical KB, we've always needed an input device so the iPad became the computer + display, without the need for touch interaction.
 

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Is the round cursor a good idea? I'd think that the whole point of using a trackpad is to increase precision, and a big circle doesn't seem to do that. I know the interface is designed to require less precision but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work with an arrow, there's no such thing as "too precise".

It's interesting to see all the Mac features creeping into iPad, like the fully foldable laptop-like hinge, keyboard and trackpad, Mission Control-esque gestures, etc. Apple really wanted to keep the iPad and the Mac separate, and while they technically did, the iPad is getting more and more Mac-like every year. If you get this trackpad/keyboard cover, you're pretty much turning it into a top-heavy laptop.
 

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Would've been more useful if they had overlaid a small video of him using the touchpad to see text selection. Also needs some Steve Ballmer enthusiasm.
 
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There’s no comparison to Apple’s keyboard. The felt-like carpeted fabric, the tactile feedback from the keys and overall integration with iPad is excellent. If you’re considering any alternative, I would look at Logitech, but I personally would spend the money on Apple’s OEM keyboard.
Agree. I'd get the new keyboard/stand.

$300 is pricey. But if it works well after trying the combination out, I'll only cry once. If not, I'll send it back.

I have the same philosophy with my woodworking tools. As an example, for rulers and combination squares I'll only buy Starrett. They're old-school and the company goes back to the late 1880s. A 12" or 24" hook rule is pricey as I can buy an imported knock-off far cheaper. But Starrett rules and combination squares are more readable, durable, and a joy to use. Every time I pick one up. Cry once, only when purchasing.
 
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