Mouse and trackpad support coming to iPad in iOS 13?

“On last week’s episode of the Connected podcast, MacStories editor Federico Viticci revealed a pretty interesting scoop he’d been sitting on: mouse support is apparently coming to iPad with iOS 13, which will be previewed at WWDC 2019 on June 3 ahead of launch this fall,” Christian Zibreg writes for iDownloadBlog.

I started doing some research and I learned that actually it’s already possible, if you have right accessibility hardware like special joysticks and motors, to have some kind of cursor on iOS. This is already possible and has been possible for years. But what I heard from sources is that without any adapter you will be able to use a USB-C mouse, on your iPad, as an accessibility device. — Federico Viticci

Zibreg writes, “His claim was corroborated by prolific Irish developer Steven Troughton-Smith who confirmed on Twitter that ‘as far as I’m aware, that is indeed in the works.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That sounds like something that a lot of “Pro” iPad users would turn on immediately. Having cursor support already in iOS apps would also make sense for improving Marzipan apps as they transition to Mac.

4 Comments

  1. Yes – please!!!!! I use a keyboard with my iPad Pro on a stand for ergonomic use but still get neck and shoulder aches from “gorilla arm” to touch the screen. I hope that you can use the Apple Mouse with it – I would be surprised if a corded USB-C mouse would be required.

  2. For the life of me why have they been so against it for so long. Most of the time I would never need it but for some, at least some of the time it would be a great asset. Sadly now it just looks like a late acceptance by Apple of the obvious when in reality their prejudice was more about selling us both Macs and iPads rather than one more flexible device. Just add it the Pro version if necessary and give people a reason to pay more in compensation.

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