It appears to be like like Apple might lastly undertake full mouse assist for the iPad. According to a report from The Information, Apple is creating an iPad keyboard that has a trackpad constructed into it and should launch the brand new product alongside a new iPad Pro mannequin later this 12 months.
If the knowledge seems to be appropriate, will probably be the newest occasion of Apple bringing a laptop-associated function to the iPad.
When Apple first launched the brand new iPadOS operating system, which is basically an iPad-focused fork of the iOS cell working system, it launched some mouse support — nevertheless, the function was restricted to being a a part of the AssistiveTouch accessibility function. When the function is enabled, as an alternative of a normal mouse cursor, you’ll see a circle on the display aimed toward emulating the contact of a finger.
That mentioned, iPadOS was largely seen as a method for Apple so as to add extra productivity-focused options to the iPad without having to additionally add them to the iPhone.
Of course, even when Apple does launch an iPad keyboard with a trackpad, that doesn’t essentially imply that it’s going to add full mouse assist. For starters, a minimum of initially, mouse assist may very well be restricted to the Apple-made keyboard — that means you could not be capable to merely use the Bluetooth mouse you have already got. Not solely that, however assist for the trackpad or mouse could also be restricted by the software program. There’s no phrase but on whether or not or not Apple will assist issues just like the right-click, and it might as an alternative attempt to bake regular contact gestures into how the mouse works with the iPad.
Apple truly wouldn’t be the primary producer to develop a touchpad keyboard for the iPad. When the AssistiveTouch function was added, accessory-maker Brydge started creating an iPad keyboard that additionally had a touchpad. The keyboard basically makes the iPad look extra like a MacBook. The keyboard is currently available for pre-order, and helps the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
There have been different rumors about upcoming keyboards for the iPad, too. A Digitimes rumor suggests Apple will launch a Smart Keyboard with backlit keys this fall. The Information’s report didn’t word backlit keys, so we’ll have to attend and see if these are the identical equipment or not.