It sure looks like the iPad is getting mouse support with iOS 13

It sure looks like the iPad is getting mouse support with iOS 13 1

It goes without saying that Apple has dominated the tablet market, despite efforts from Google and Microsoft to have their say. But iPads lie in a sort of limbo for traditional productivity – better than a phone, but not quite as good as a laptop. A big reason for that is the lack of support for a proper mouse, but that may soon change.

Several sources are reporting that Apple is working to add USB mouse support to iOS – perhaps as soon as iOS 13’s upcoming reveal during WWDC in June. These sources include MacStories’ Federico Viticci and developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilheme Rambo, each having proved reliable in past reports.

However, the feature is expected to be incorporated as an accessibility feature rather than one applicable to everyday users. I certainly wouldn’t expect the next iPad keyboard to come with a trackpad, but it might open up options for third-party accessory-makers.

As noted by MacRumors, you’ve been able to add accessories like joysticks and trackballs through Apple’s accessibility portal before, but support for a USB mouse would be a major change. From an accessibility perspective, it would make it way easier for users who already use a USB mouse to get started on the iPad. For everyone else, it’s a neat bonus. I’ve gone through entire work shifts on an iPad Pro, and despite Apple’s touch-friendly design standards, tapping all over the screen does feel cumbersome and less efficient than a mouse when sitting at a desk.

Of course, we don’t yet have much of a clue of what this mouse support will actually look like, such as whether it’ll allow advanced gestures or offer more functionality than a tap on the screen would. Still it’s a step towards making the iPad something a little closer to a laptop replacement, especially if accessibility needs require you to use a traditional mouse.

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Published April 25, 2019 — 20:56 UTC

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