Mouse support

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  1. David-Livingstone macrumors newbie

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    is there any plan to have mouse support in the future for the iPad Pro 3rd gen.?
    Thank.
     
  2. metalsiren macrumors 6502

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    You have to wait and see what’s in iOS 13. Prob not but I hope so
     
  3. EugW macrumors 603

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    No such announcement. I’m not optimistic for iOS 13 either.

    Interestingly, there is a Bluetooth mouse available from Citrix that works perfectly apparently... but only within Citrix’s own apps.
     
  4. sracer, Apr 14, 2019
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    The Citrix mouse also works with Jump Desktop remote desktop software for the iPad. Using it on any iPad (Pro or non) is an enjoyable user experience when connecting an iPad to a macOS device (or even Windows system).
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I would like to see trackpad support. I don’t think we will see either one, though.
     
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  7. rowspaxe macrumors 68020

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    Can Apple resist the lure of a $129 ipad mouse?
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Don't hold your breath.
     
  9. AutomaticApple macrumors 6502a

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    That’s disappointing.
     
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  12. DNichter macrumors G3

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    I'd like it with certain apps, but don't need it system wide. I don't see it happening with iOS 13.
     
  13. noboranka macrumors newbie

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    While I’d love to see it, and it would make the idea of using an iPad as a computer replacement that much closer, as I’ve always found the constant keyboard->touchscreen maneuver awkward. It’s part of why I prefer smaller, handheld-oriented iPads like the Mini over the larger models.

    It’s not really a matter of “can they do it”, but rather they built an entire philosophy around having no crossover between mouse/trackpad support for one product category, and no touchscreen support on the other. It’s still kind of a shame.
     
  14. mrex macrumors 68040

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    if it isnt system wide, dont bother to introduce it at all - there is no point then.
     
  15. DNichter macrumors G3

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    Of course there is, for use in productivity apps. I use an iPad as my main computer and it would be handy to us occasionally in productivity apps, but I don't see why you would need it system wide. I don't think Apple would go that route anyway.
     
  16. rowspaxe macrumors 68020

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    I don't get it. Apple would be engineering a pointer overlay, but then have it disappear when using
    'non-productivity' apps? Does it work in the ios pages?
     
  17. mrex macrumors 68040

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    i have been using a mouse with my Note tablet and using a keyboard to type letters. i dont understand why i should sometimes tap the screen while using a keyboard and the mouse. it is also almost ”impossible”, atleast cumbersome, when the tablet is standing as a display in front of you.

    many times when i mirrored my tablet to the tv for example, it would also have been literally impossible to tap the tablet when the tablet wasnt in front of me but i was only having a keyboard on my lap and a mouse next to me.
     
  18. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    On my Android devices, with a Bluetooth mouse connected the cursor is always visible and acts the same as a mouse on a laptop, PC, etc. Works extremely well in all apps.
     
  19. DNichter macrumors G3

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    Yea, something like that. It’ll need to disappear over games/media apps. Pages would be an app that it would function. I obviously don’t know and could be completely wrong, I don’t think we’ll ever see a mouse clicking on apps in the home screen. I just can’t see it.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 15, 2019 ---
    That’s fair, see above for my description. I just don’t see Apple ever doing it system wide.
     
  20. sracer macrumors 604

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    When you say "cursor" are you referring to the mouse pointer or text cursor?
    On my Android devices, the mouse pointer is only visible when I have a mouse attached to the system (either hardwired or bluetooth) *AND* the mouse is being moved. If I stop moving the mouse, the pointer is still visible but if I start typing or touch the screen the mouse pointer disappears.
     
  21. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Your description is correct - I was too imprecise in mine. I should have said pointer, not cursor, and your description of functionality matches what I see.
     
  22. rowspaxe macrumors 68020

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    Doesn't require much imagination: this was essentially windows 8. Worked fine, although obviously there
    were other issues. It's also likely ios apps are porting to MacOS soon; so you may be seeing pointer driven
    apps on MacOS before ios.

    Question: do you see a reason this couldn't work, or are you just expressing a preference
    that it shouldn't work this way? Follow up: whats lost if all apps and home screen did work
    with a mouse or track pad?
     
  23. sracer macrumors 604

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    Android's support for mice is near-perfect and shows that Apple's reluctance isn't a technical one, nor even a design issue, but a marketing one.
     
  24. DNichter macrumors G3

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    It's not that it can't be done or that it would be a challenge to do, I just don't think Apple will do it. I can't see a pointer on the home screen.
     
  25. chrism_scotland macrumors newbie

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    I use Citrix Workspace daily and had to source an X1 Mouse from abroad (Germany) but its brilliant - and also great for Jump Desktop - it doesn’t solve the fact that Citrix/RDP isn’t ideal all the time and in fact I returned my iPad Pro 12.9 to get a Surface Pro 6 for work as I can’t get away from needing Windows Applications that just work far better natively than via RDP.

    That said I picked up an iPad Air 3 to try yesterday with the Pencil and Keyboard and I’m using that today, nice bit of kit!
     

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