iPad Pro Trackpoint on Bluetooth keyboard folio, anyone?

ricebag1891

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Just got my ipad pro 11 and a keyboard folio with it. I love using the keyboard as a support leg on bed, and I don't have to hold my ipad anymore. Big release for my hand.
However, when using it in notebook mode, I found it weird that I don't have a mouse to move around. With that setup, naturally I was looking for a mouse instead of clicking on the screen. Now that with the support of mouse in ipados. I think it would be so much more convenient to add a trackpoint to the keyboard. This way I have my mouse with me anywhere-even when I'm using it on a bus or something, and I have precise control of mouse which I believe is way better than the trackpad. And, the mouse could hide automatically if I'm not using it.
I would buy an 13 inch ipad pro as a true replacement of my laptop if that happens in the near future. I mean, the technology is almost there. A super fast cpu, super thin chassis and a very good screen. That's all I wanted for a macbook pro replacement. and one last piece to add is the trackpoint that I have always loved to use back to my thinkpad times. Anybody has the same thought?
 
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Shirasaki

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While it is great, based on how Apple position “mouse support” as an accessibility feature, I doubt it will support trackpoint anytime soon, as trackpoint cannot be added as a “bluetooth device”.
But, if iPad somehow can support trackpoint, this will have some huge potentials.
 

AutomaticApple

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Just got my ipad pro 11 and a keyboard folio with it. I love using the keyboard as a support leg on bed, and I don't have to hold my ipad anymore. Big release for my hand.
However, when using it in notebook mode, I found it weird that I don't have a mouse to move around. With that setup, naturally I was looking for a mouse instead of clicking on the screen. Now that with the support of mouse in ipados. I think it would be so much more convenient to add a trackpoint to the keyboard. This way I have my mouse with me anywhere-even when I'm using it on a bus or something, and I have precise control of mouse which I believe is way better than the trackpad. And, the mouse could hide automatically if I'm not using it.
I would buy an 13 inch ipad pro as a true replacement of my laptop if that happens in the near future. I mean, the technology is almost there. A super fast cpu, super thin chassis and a very good screen. That's all I wanted for a macbook pro replacement. and one last piece to add is the trackpoint that I have always loved to use back to my thinkpad times. Anybody has the same thought?
If trackpoint ends up being supported, I’ll go nuts.
 

sracer

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Just got my ipad pro 11 and a keyboard folio with it. I love using the keyboard as a support leg on bed, and I don't have to hold my ipad anymore. Big release for my hand.
However, when using it in notebook mode, I found it weird that I don't have a mouse to move around. With that setup, naturally I was looking for a mouse instead of clicking on the screen. Now that with the support of mouse in ipados. I think it would be so much more convenient to add a trackpoint to the keyboard. This way I have my mouse with me anywhere-even when I'm using it on a bus or something, and I have precise control of mouse which I believe is way better than the trackpad. And, the mouse could hide automatically if I'm not using it.
I would buy an 13 inch ipad pro as a true replacement of my laptop if that happens in the near future. I mean, the technology is almost there. A super fast cpu, super thin chassis and a very good screen. That's all I wanted for a macbook pro replacement. and one last piece to add is the trackpoint that I have always loved to use back to my thinkpad times. Anybody has the same thought?
I have a Motorola Bluetooth keyboard with Trackpoint that I use with my Amazon Fire HD 10 (and my other Android tablets) and on my iPad when I used to jailbreak it. Works great. It's currently $85 on Amazon but I bought mine on clearance for $20 and can be found on eBay for about that too.

The downside is that it isn't a keyboard case... just a thin keyboard.

If a company were to produce a keyboard COVER (not case) with a trackpoint for the iPad Pro, I'd get it in an instant (and an iPad Pro).
 

ricebag1891

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Aug 19, 2010
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I have a Motorola Bluetooth keyboard with Trackpoint that I use with my Amazon Fire HD 10 (and my other Android tablets) and on my iPad when I used to jailbreak it. Works great. It's currently $85 on Amazon but I bought mine on clearance for $20 and can be found on eBay for about that too.

The downside is that it isn't a keyboard case... just a thin keyboard.

If a company were to produce a keyboard COVER (not case) with a trackpoint for the iPad Pro, I'd get it in an instant (and an iPad Pro).
yeah, I was hoping apple could add trackpoint to the their keyboard. The motorala one is detached from ipad and couldn't be used as a laptop, you need an extra cover/stand for the ipad. Plus, you may need to connect to ipad everytime you use it. that alone will be an issue for me.
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While it is great, based on how Apple position “mouse support” as an accessibility feature, I doubt it will support trackpoint anytime soon, as trackpoint cannot be added as a “bluetooth device”.
But, if iPad somehow can support trackpoint, this will have some huge potentials.
I didn't mean bluetooth trackpoint. I thought the apple keyboard was connecting by bluetooth. Looks like I'm wrong on that. I just want the apple keyboard with trackpoint. It's very easy to connect and disconnect.
 

Shirasaki

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I didn't mean bluetooth trackpoint. I thought the apple keyboard was connecting by bluetooth. Looks like I'm wrong on that. I just want the apple keyboard with trackpoint. It's very easy to connect and disconnect.
I know that does not mean “Bluetooth trackpoint”. What I want to say is Apple need to write driver for that type of keyboard with trackpoint so the point can be used as a mouse. As of now, I doubt that is the case in iOS 13 or even iOS 14. One can always hope though.