Here's How a Trackpad Works With an iPad Pro in iPadOS 13.4

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Apple yesterday unveiled a new 2020 iPad Pro with a new Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the iPad for the first time. Apple didn't stop there, though, and built support for mice and trackpads into all modern iPads through the iPadOS 13.4 update.


The new 2020 iPad Pro doesn't come out until next week and the Magic Keyboard won't launch until May, but with the iPadOS 13.4 beta and a current iPad, it's possible to test just how trackpad functionality works.


In our latest video, we paired an iPad Pro running iPadOS 13.4 with one of Apple's Magic Trackpad 2 accessories, which is one of the supported trackpad options.


A Bluetooth trackpad or mouse can be paired through the Bluetooth section of the Settings app on the iPad, and there are a few settings to adjust, such as adjusting cursor speed and enabling tap to click.


When using the trackpad, the cursor displays as a circle on the screen, popping up only when you have a finger on the trackpad. It's similar to using a trackpad on a MacBook, though there are some gestures to learn and nuances to become accustomed to when using the trackpad as Apple designed from the ground up for the iPad's touch-first experience.

The circle here is the cursor​

Navigating through iPadOS with the cursor is similar to using a cursor on a Mac. The little round button (which Apple made round because it resembles a finger tip) shifts when over a user interface element that can be interacted with. For example, hovering over an app icon will let you know that you can tap it.

There are several gestures that activate different iPadOS functions. Scrolling all the way to the top right corner of the iPad and tapping brings up the Control Center, where you can interact with all of the elements through clicks and long presses without ever taking a finger off of the trackpad.

Scrolling over to the date and time in the top left corner brings up the Notification Center, and a swipe downwards with three fingers accesses the Home screen from anywhere. A two finger swipe downwards brings up Spotlight search, and a three finger swipe up opens up the multitasking interface. Swiping to the left or the right with three fingers swaps between apps.

You can also enter the Slide Over multitasking interface with the trackpad by moving the cursor over to the right side of the screen or dragging an app over from the Dock. Scrolling through a webpage in Safari works like it does on a Mac, and you can use two fingers to scroll up or down. Selecting text to copy or drag and drop can be done with a quick long press. Writing and text editing benefits from the trackpad because it's easy to scroll over to the text you need to tweak.

Scrolling in Safari with the trackpad​

Two finger tap gestures in a text editing app bring up Cut, Copy, and Paste options, and there's a right click gesture to bring up menu bars in most apps. Apple says many apps will support mice and trackpad interactions right when iPadOS 13.4 is released, but there is an SDK available for developers to build in deeper support. Apple's own apps will work with trackpad gestures, and Apple is also building compatibility into Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

Text editing in the Notes app. A gesture brings up cut/copy/paste.​

iPadOS 13.4 is set to launch on Tuesday, March 24, and it will bring mouse and trackpad support to all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 and later, the fifth-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later.

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kissmo

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Is scrolling support with the magic trackpad 1 or magic mouse 1?
Nope. I have both and nothing works unfortunately :(((

The trackpad is particularly useless.
You will be able to pair but you will not get the settings for two fingers tap or for scrolling. This makes it impossible to use and you need to do touch screen to make basic operations.

I don't get the logic behind (technically)... Financially it may make sense...

The article is incorrect. Only Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 function with scrolling and gestures.
 

Joniz

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I’ve heard the Magic Mouse 2 does not allow swipe to scroll.

Can anyone confirm if this is true or not?
 

pdaholic

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I’m using 13.4 with a mouse. Little issues I’m noticing using the mouse like difficulty closing slide-over (always ends up replacing the window it is under). Can’t grab a web page and scroll, so I have to use the scroll wheel which is choppy. Also highlighting various buttons is slightly annoying as it slows movement of the pointer when you’re moving across the screen. Text selection is, however, fantastic.

Edit: just saw they addressed slideover in the video.
 
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rp2011

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The only issues I’ve had with the iPad was how frustrating text editing was. So this should solve that issue for me. Other than the software side such as with autocorrect and such.
 
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Is it possible to swipe between home screens with the trackpad? Because using a mouse its not possible to scroll or drag from an empty space on the home screen, I have to click the small dots on the home screen. Quite annoying.

EDIT: just paired my Magic Trackpad 2 and it’s possible to swipe between home screens!
 

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Ok. Stupid question time. I’m considering jumping into an iPad Pro. I really like what I see in the 12.9. And my plan is to also purchase the Magic Keyboard when it comes out in May. I really want to be able to use a keyboard and mouse/trackpad.

Here’s the dumb question: If I we’re to order today and get the iPad next week, what could I use for the next month and a half until the Magic Keyboard comes out?

thanks
 

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Apple is getting closer and closer to merging Mac OS and iPad OS. Pairing up a Magic Trackpad and Bluetooth keyboard makes the iPad much more like a standard laptop (or Surface). Desktops are getting some impressive competition.
It needs 16:9 support for external monitors.

If it has that, the iPad might be my new PC.
 
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kissmo

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I assumed that. Really bad...
Maybe it's a GM issue or I am missreading things but this is what The Verge says:

"Apple says that trackpads and mice will be available for any iPad running iPadsOS 13.4. Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2, and even third-party mice or trackpads connected over Bluetooth or USB will support the feature, too."

However I doubt they will support Original Trackpad.
It's really insane.... Macbook Pro 2018 supports it. I actually prefer the Original keyboard and trackpad vs the V2....
 

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Ok. Stupid question time. I’m considering jumping into an iPad Pro. I really like what I see in the 12.9. And my plan is to also purchase the Magic Keyboard when it comes out in May. I really want to be able to use a keyboard and mouse/trackpad.

Here’s the dumb question: If I we’re to order today and get the iPad next week, what could I use for the next month and a half until the Magic Keyboard comes out?

thanks
Any bluetooth keyboard will work. Get something inexpensive with decent reviews off Amazon. Don’t spend a ton of money because you’ll be blowing a huge chunk on the Magic Keyboard. I would even consider getting the last gen iPads, I’ve got both the 12.9 and 11 and they are working perfectly fine.
 
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Can any one with the 13.4 GM try this on an iPhone? For some meetings and work related communication on the go I like to just bring the iPhone and a foldable bluetooth keyboard, the assistive touch method for cursor support up to 13.3 worked the same across iOS and iPadOS... I usually put the iPhone on a mini portable stand and write emails, etc with the keyboard and use an MX Anywhere 2S to scroll, switch betweens apps, etc... would love to see trackpad/mouse support to continue to grow along the iPad.
 
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Nope. I have both and nothing works unfortunately :(((

The trackpad is particularly useless.
You will be able to pair but you will not get the settings for two fingers tap or for scrolling. This makes it impossible to use and you need to do touch screen to make basic operations.

I don't get the logic behind (technically)... Financially it may make sense...

The article is incorrect. Only Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 function with scrolling and gestures.
I didn't specify which devices work with scrolling and gestures in the article because it didn't seem to be confirmed. Apple's release notes say iPads support Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2 and third-party USB and Bluetooth mice, without specifying which features work with which device. Not trying to be unclear, though, so I've taken out the sentence about supported devices.

From iPadOS 13.4 release notes:

Mouse and Trackpad Support
- All-new cursor design highlights app icons on the Home Screen and Dock and buttons and controls in apps
- Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ support on ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) and ‌iPad Pro‌ 11-inch (1st generation or later)
- Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, and third-party Bluetooth and USB mouse support
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ and Magic Trackpad 2 enable you to scroll, swipe between app spaces, go Home, access App Switcher, zoom in or out, tap to click, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Mouse 2 enable you to scroll, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages
 
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Hope iPadOS 13.4 has the same configurations as iPadOS 13.3 has in Accessibility/Touch/AssistiveTouch, for example Pointer Style.
 

jdblas69

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My original track pad does not work well at all, no scrolling, no gestures.
Same with magic mouse 1. Basic mouse functions only. Point/click/right click/text select. Long press does work but no scrolling features at all. Not surprised but even with the basics it is very good
 

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Apple is getting closer and closer to merging Mac OS and iPad OS. Pairing up a Magic Trackpad and Bluetooth keyboard makes the iPad much more like a standard laptop (or Surface). Desktops are getting some impressive competition.
If Apple had it's way, they would develop iPadOS to a point where they could break macOS off. Not saying this is a bad or good thing, but it's where things should be heading.
 

kissmo

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I didn't specify which devices work with scrolling and gestures in the article because it didn't seem to be confirmed. Apple's release notes say iPads support Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2 and third-party USB and Bluetooth mice, without specifying which features work with which device. Not trying to be unclear, though, so I've taken out the sentence about supported devices.

From iPadOS 13.4 release notes:

Mouse and Trackpad Support
- All-new cursor design highlights app icons on the Home Screen and Dock and buttons and controls in apps
- Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ support on ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) and ‌iPad Pro‌ 11-inch (1st generation or later)
- Magic Mouse, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2, and third-party Bluetooth and USB mouse support
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad‌ and Magic Trackpad 2 enable you to scroll, swipe between app spaces, go Home, access App Switcher, zoom in or out, tap to click, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages
- Multi-Touch gestures on Magic Mouse 2 enable you to scroll, secondary click (right-click), and swipe between pages
True.
It’s very vague info across the net anyway and hard to track.
Either way, good to know that original trackpad and mouse do not support gestures in GM.
My apologies and thanks!
 
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