What about a mouse?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by richpjr, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I haven't anything about mouse support in an iPad. We know about the dock-keyboard and bluetooth keyboard support - will it support a mouse as well? If it's docked and you are typing, it would be real inconvenient to have to use the touchscreen to click on things.
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Get used to not using the word "click". It is a multi-touch device.
     
  3. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I realize it's a multi-touch device. That doesn't mean it wouldn't occasionally be useful to use a mouse with it.
     
  4. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

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    The way the dock connects to the iPad, I'm fairly certain it won't be all that inconvenient to move your hand a couple of inches to tap the screen. No more so then moving it a couple of inches to mouse.
     
  5. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Unless one was sitting further back using a bluetooth keyboard, as I most would likely do. I guess time will tell. It's not a huge deal either way to me.
     
  6. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

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    I'd be inclined to say that it's not going to happen. Not because I think it wouldn't be nice to have on occasion, but because I think it's inconsistent with Apple's vision. I suppose someone will jailbreak it or develop an app that communicates with a BT mouse, but we won't see an official Apple solution.
     
  7. jeznav macrumors 6502

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    Then you have to worry developers about supporting mouse pointers.
     
  8. jaykk macrumors 6502a

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    can iPhone/iPod Touch can act as a input device. On desktop setup, with keyboard in place, we need mouse/touch input device next to our keyboard, right?
     
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    How far back can you sit using a 10-inch screen? I seriously don't think you'll miss a mouse on a multitouch screen. I don't think most people will use a keyboard, so supporting mice is probably just a waste of time when there are so many other features it could use in the future.
     
  10. gkarris macrumors 604

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    What if your fingers are greasy from burgers/fries? :eek:

    I would rather get a keyboard and mouse dirty rather than a screen...
     
  11. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    How about support for 2, 3, 4... 10 mice for that true multitouch experience? :)

    Mouse support is not going to happen.
     
  12. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Why on earth would you want mouse support on a touchscreen device? Does that not defeat the whole object? :rolleyes:
     
  13. Etnies419 macrumors 6502

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    That's like asking for horse support on a car.
     
  14. goobot macrumors 603

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    it has the same screen as the 3gs so it doesnt get dirty. just trust me, my 3gs still looks new while my 3g is, well, i cant even describe it.
     
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Use the mouse that comes with the iPhone/iPod touch. Wait, what? :rolleyes:
     
  16. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Congrats, you've discovered why a touchscreen iMac is a bad idea.
     
  17. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hang on now - if you use a Magic Mouse with it, you could get multi-touch with it!
     
  18. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Uh, the entire OS is designed to not use a mouse.

    Where would you use one? To click icons for apps?
     
  19. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Not in the least. For the times you want to be mobile and light, you use the touch screen. For the times you need to sit down in a hotel room and bang out some emails or work on some Pages documents, you could use it as a mini-laptop. They are already supporting keyboards - how hard could it be to turn on a mouse cursor on when paired with a bluetooth mouse and handle single clicks or even multi-touch gestures with a Magic Mouse?
     
  20. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Again, in what instance on this OS would a mouse even be useful?:confused:
     
  21. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't the OS just translate the apps normal touchscreen input to mouse input when you hook a mouse up to it?

    I think that already happens when you use the iphone simulator on your mac. You can control the app with a mouse to test out your app. Although I'm not 100% sure about that since I'm not a programmer.
     
  22. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Uhhh...to click on things without reaching towards the screen when it's sitting in the dock? I say this from experience - I have done a lot of work on embedded manufacturing systems with touchscreens and it can arm fatiguing to reach up towards a vertically mounted screen to click on things for a long period of time. Clearly this only applies when it is sitting in the dock - but that's the only time you'd likely use an external keyboard instead of the virtual one as well.
     
  23. richpjr thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I am a programmer and adding basic support for a mouse is technically trivial.
     
  24. MTI macrumors 65816

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    If you have the need to run apps that require mouse inputs . . . you already know that there's a platform for that. Along with optical drives, usb/firewire, wired ethernet, audio in, DVI out . . . ;)
     

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