Apple’s iPadOS 13.4 is a major productivity upgrade for iPad users

Yesterday, Apple released iPadOS 13.4. Although its version number indicates that this is merely an incremental update, it’s actually a significant boost to iPad productivity.

iPad productivity. The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro with trackpad delivers the best typing experience ever on iPad.
The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro with trackpad delivers the best typing experience ever on iPad.

Jeff Benjamin for 9to5Mac:

The big news in iPadOS 13.4 is the arrival of advanced mouse and trackpad support for the iPad, features that 9to5Mac reported about in advance. Users can now pair a Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, or other third party pointing devices via Bluetooth, and instantly change the way they use their iPads…

iOS 13.4 has quite a few new features that iPhone users will enjoy, but iPadOS 13.4 is a downright game-changer with its mouse and trackpad support. This update will be remembered as the update that truly ushered the iPad closer into laptop replacement territory. It’ll get even better once Apple launches its new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro next month, and when developers get time to update their apps.

But the truly great thing about iPadOS 13.4 is that it doesn’t just apply to the iPad Pro. Even entry-level devices, like the 7th-generation iPad, stand to benefit immensely from mouse and trackpad support. And third-party accessory makers like Logitech are already on board with new keyboards with integrated trackpads for Apple’s cheapest iPad.



MacDailyNews Take: iPad productivity has certainly taken a leap forward and, once Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is released, it’ll jump even further! The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

4 Comments

  1. Is it just me? Or does $300 for a keyboard seem a bit high? Particularly if it’s a short-travel travesty like the thing they put on the MBP 16″. $300 for a hard-to-type-on keyboard seems ridiculous.

    1. Yes. I bought the attachable keyboard for my new (last October) iPad Pro with 1TB. Including the pencil it was very pricey. Wish now I’d bought an iMac or MacBook.

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