After Apple introduced the iPadOS for the first time, many users noticed a long-awaited feature, which is external mouse support. Apple has always said that the iPad is a perfect replacement for personal computers, and to be able to replace the computer is necessarily a mouse pointer, not just a simple touch screen.
However, the iPadOS has not been officially released yet, so users still cannot experience this feature. Even so, Apple released the iPadOS Public Beta version yesterday. Let's see if using the mouse on the iPad Pro is as we expected.
First you will need to download and install the iPadOS Public Beta version, the same steps as the iOS Public Beta in this article. You then need to enable the mouse feature, because it is disabled by default. This feature is an AssistiveTouch extension, which you can activate in Settings> Accessibility.
iPadOS supports the mouse to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, or wired via USB-C port (you can use the USB-A switch to USB-C to plug directly into the iPad Pro). Experimenting with Logitech MX Master wirelessly and Mad Catz RAT wired is pretty easy.
Apple's Magic Trackpad accessory is also supported and can be connected to the iPad, thanks to the USB-C to Lightning cable. However, using the touchpad on the iPadOS is no different from manipulating the finger on the screen, many features such as scrolling a web page or zooming in with two fingers are not working.
In AssistiveTouch's Settings menu there are a few options, such as the speed of moving the cursor (in the form of a one-to-one slider rabbit head) and the mouse pointer on the screen. Note that you should turn off the AssistiveTouch virtual Home key to avoid confusion.
Not yet experienced using the mouse on the iPad, but there are many steps to activate and customize right? Obviously Apple does not encourage the use of mice even on iPadOS, adding this feature is still only a test. And the experience of an experimental feature is often not as good as expected.
The reality is that. First, you will see a fairly large mouse pointer. It has a fuzzy circle with a central dot, rather than the mouse pointer we often see on a computer, which looks more like a virtual Home button than a mouse pointer.
Perhaps that is because the operating system was originally designed for touch control, with contact fingers on the screen. So in fact this is not a mouse pointer, but a user's virtual finger. And the features of this finger are still very rudimentary.
Left clicking will correspond to the finger touching the screen, which means that the way to use the mouse on the iPad is very different from the usual usage on the computer. And of course there is no concept of the right mouse in iPadOS, but when you right-click it will bring up a menu of custom shortcuts like the virtual Home button.
Other familiar buttons on the mouse have also been changed. For example, clicking the middle mouse button will bring you back to the main screen. However, scrolling up and down does not work.
However, this mouse pointer is not completely useless. When typing, it proved useful. Because many times you will have to move the cursor to a certain position in the text to correct or add something, at this time the use of the mouse will be more convenient and accurate than using the finger. Browsing the web is much more comfortable, as you can lean back in the chair and use the mouse to drag the web page.
But basically, using the mouse on the iPadOS will be very different from the usual usage on the computer. It will take a long time for users to get used to it, and even if you get used to it, it may not help the iPad replace a personal computer.