What are the chances iPad 2g will officially support Magic Mouse and/or TrackPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by elcoyotelocoatx, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. elcoyotelocoatx macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2010
    Without getting into the pro/con argument (already covered ad nauseam in other threads) regarding Magic Mouse / TrackPad support, what is your prediction as to whether or not Apple will decide to provide it with the next iPad?
  2. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2008
    Carlisle, UK
    why do you need a mouse/trackpad for a touch device?
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Apple will never have a mouse or mouse like device interact with an iDevice.
  4. elcoyotelocoatx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2010
    Again, not interested in getting into a discussion as to whether or not they should or shouldn't. I'm asking if you think they will or won't.

    @Intell: Thanks for actually answering the question.
  5. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I don't think an iPad will ever support a mouse. Although to the neigh sayers, the need for a mouse is the same as the need for and external keyboard, I can see how many would find it useful.
  6. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    They definitely won't. As steve jobs said ioswasdesigned for the precision of a finger, osx was designed with the precision of a cursor. You need a pointer to move a cursor but if you drop the cursor you can use something more intuitive like your finger. Going to a mouse on an ios device wouldn't make sense as it was designed specifically to be used without one
  7. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    0.01% chance. If the iPad ever does support a mouse or trackpad it will be tied to a software release not hardware.
  8. elcoyotelocoatx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2010
    Could you elaborate, please? Are you talking about an iOS, firmware, etc. update from Apple, or are you saying it's feasible that a third-party app could be released that includes mouse support that's acceptable to Apple (ie not a hack like jailbreak)?

    Also, thanks for the responses. :)
  9. Richard A macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    That would all depend on Apple wanting to have mouse support for the iPad. Either with Apple releasing an update to support a mouse or allowing a third party the rights to have an app that allows a mouse. So only Apple knows, everyone else would just be guessing. :)

    Either way I hope not, it's a touch device.
  10. newmacboyoutube macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Ontario, Canada


    That is the one word answer which Steve Jobs would give you, if you asked him. :D
  11. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
  12. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010

    Kinda defeats the purpose of a touch screen doesn't it? Besides doing so would result in the entire system having to be redone to support a cursor and then we wouldn't be able to use it as a touch device anymore :(

    The best thing about the ipad is that you don't need any peripherals, so it is easy and convenient to cart around.
  13. Speedyparker87 macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2010
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    Mouse - 0%
    Trackpad - 1%

    There will never be a mouse cursor on the iPad's screen. I would have to try a trackpad with the iPad in order to say if it could be done. I think it could be implemented on a limited basis for certain apps.
  14. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
  15. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    If you read other threads covering the same subject why start another thread where you already know the answer? Seems like a waste to me but to answer your question. NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    There is no pro or con, just no.

    They won't, for reasons that are patently obvious to all but you.

    You ARE persistent in your miscomprehension. The concept of a mouse/screen pointer is as anathemetic to iOS as entering line commands in a GUI-based computer.

    So, how many may pages can you stoke out of this thread?
  17. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Mouse support would be nice for VNC apps, where you're interfacing with OS X/Windoze.

    Would also be handy for text selection/manipulation - the finger interface is just too clunky, especially if you're spending a lot of time editing a document.

    Chances of it happening? In iOS - nil, in individual apps - maybe.
  18. joudbren macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Well, I usually don't wade into these discussions but what's with all the negativity regarding mouse or trackpad support on this device? I use remote desktop apps (currently logmein) on my iPad all the time when I'm on the road to connect to my office PC. I can assure you some sort of bluetooth mouse support would be an extremely welcome addition to my iPad for RDP or VNC support applications.

    Apple has been astounded at the adoption rate of iPads for business users (much to the dismay of Microsoft) and are quite eager to support them so why not mouse support? They clearly have bluetooth support for keyboards and yet nobody seems to complain about that functionality being built into a "touch device". What difference would it make to add a little extra code to the firmware to support an external pointing device for those apps that could make use of it? The bluetooth support could simply "be there" same as the keyboard support and then leave it up to the user as to whether or not they want to make use of it.

    Personally I think Apple would be crazy to not add this support to a device that is clearly being used for business apps in a lot of cases. Obviously it wouldn't be for everyone but leave it up to the user as to which input method they want to use. At a bare minimum at least make the O/S hooks available to the app developers so they can add the support specifically to their application.

    It certainly in no way would detract from the basic functionality of the device by just being available to those who might need it. 90% of the time I use my iPad by itself and am perfectly happy swiping away with my finger tips and/or using the onscreen keyboard but for those odd times when I need to do remote work I would love to have mouse support along with my "already existing remote keyboard support". Just sayin'...


    P.S. I could also see this being a huge benefit to support input devices for physically challenged individuals who like the portability and physical format of the iPad but may have issues working with the touch interface.

  19. elcoyotelocoatx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2010
    Wow, so much fanboi in this thread, what with all the personal attacks, multiple !!!! and ALL CAPS in a discussion about an appliance. Seriously, I've seen teenage girls who have more emotional control than you lot.

    Thank you for reminding me why I've never owned an Apple product in my life: I don't ever want to be associated with you clowns.

    I suppose I'll have to "settle" for a PlayBook or a Slate. And you know what? Just like the rest of the 95% of computer users, I'll be perfectly happy not centering my life and personal identity around a consumer product.
  20. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    The naysayers really haven't offered any sound reasoning for their position.

    I'll say that there is indeed a possibility... not necessarily within the next year, but the claims of "never" are pretty shortsighted.

    Apple supports physical keyboards on the iPad. The arguments expressed here against a physical mouse are equally applicable to a keyboard... and yet there is support for a keyboard. This is especially puzzling for a device that was marketed primarily as a media consumption device where most content would be accessed by touching an icon or link on the screen.

    Apple has plans that reach far beyond what their products currently provide.

    Apple produced a keyboard dock. I have one, it's great. But it isn't very conducive to using it in combination with touching the screen. I temporarily jailbroke my iPad to try the mouse driver. The combination of keyboard dock and mouse were fantastic!

    iOS is still in maturing. iOS 4.2 will bring initial support for printing. Subsequent releases will only add more needed functionality. When those pieces are in place, I would not be surprised to see support for a mouse.

    The iPad would then be in a position to deliver the decades long pursuit of a computing "appliance".
  21. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    mouse: never because the apps are made for touch.

    trackpad: not next release because many things with higher priority must be optimized. later it's a possibility if the ATV2 get a similar UI and apps. Then the iOS5 may get trackpad control across all iOS devices. I give it 25%.
  22. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I think it is a possibility. The Adam tablet is supposed to have a trackpad on the back of it and if it makes certain things more natural and easier to use, I can see other tablet companies adopting it.
  23. X1Lightning macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007

    That is a pretty bad comparison, as both OSX and windows are gui yet each have a command line.
  24. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.

    There's no pointing device integration in the iOS core, and most likely it never will.
    There's still a possibility that bluetooth pointing device integration could be implemented at the application level, but not system wide.
  25. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Facepalm. (How old are you? I remember mainframes and punch key cards.)
    Yes, and entering pre-1984 era line commands by keyboard to perform tasks on a mouse driven GUI (Windows OR MacOS).

    The mouse in iOS is the finger...to put an addition layer of device between the device and the screen is an anthema. A physical keyboard, it can be argues, can be more comfortable than the onscreen one.

    And to the OP...it's not "fanboyism", it is understanding the philosophy behind the device. And even if Apple eventually supports a mouse, no one here has any more clue than you.

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