With the new update 13.4 on the iPad, a cursor appears and you can connect a mouse to it
Apple finally added cursor support for the iPad running the updated iPadOS 13.4 system (this feature will also be enabled in future updates to the Apple OS). After installing the update, it becomes possible to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, like any other accessory, which allows you to get support for the dynamic cursor and gestures on your iPad.
In a sense, this is a revolution for the company from Cupertino, at least if we discard unnecessary pathos, then a clear hint at the further development of devices from Apple, showing which direction the development of the company’s tablets has gone (as was previously predicted). Apple is counting on time to evolutionarily advance your tablets into the category of full-fledged PCs and their substitutes.
So how to connect peripherals to the tablet? To do this, follow the instructions below.
Apple has implemented cursor support for the iPad in its own unique way. So, the iPad is still a touch-sensitive operating system, but this does not mean that the cursor simply simulates your fingers.
The cursor on the iPadOS appears as a circle and automatically disappears when you are not using this feature. It also adapts to what you do. For example, when you hover over a button, it actually highlights it. Initially, this trick was used on Apple TV, so for them such functionality will not be a curiOSity.
Note: As already mentioned, mouse and trackpad support is available starting from iPadOS 13.4. Make sure your iPad is updated to the latest version so that this feature starts working on your tablet.
IPadOS supports Bluetooth mice and trackpads, including the Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. If you connect the trackpad, you will also get access to the new gestures of the trackpad. If you do not have Apple accessories, do not worry, the system also supports third-party hardware developers, for example, the same Logitech.
Cursor support for iPad works on devices supporting iPadOS 13 or later: iPad mini (4th and 5th generation), iPad (5th, 6th and 7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd- e and 3rd generation) and newer devices.
When you are ready to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad, first make sure that your Bluetooth accessory is not currently connected to a Mac or Windows PC. If you are using a Mac, go to System settings Bluetooth, Find your device and select the “Delete” item in the context menu.
Windows 10 users can access the Bluetooth menu from the “Search“(The magnifying glass icon next to the Start menu) or by using the search in the Control Panel (in the upper right corner, writing”Bluetooth“). Once in the menu, click on the mouse or trackpad, and then select the “Delete device“.
How to connect a mouse or trackpad on the updated iPad?
You are now ready to pair your mouse or trackpad with your iPad. Open the “Settings“(Settings) on your tablet, and then go to the “Bluetooth“.
Here, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on by clicking on the switch next to the “Bluetooth“.
Now put the mouse into pairing mode. If you use the branded Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, you just need to turn them on to activate pairing mode.
Once the Bluetooth device is recognized by your iPad, you will see it in the “Other devices“(Other devices) Click on the name of your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to select a device.
If you receive a pairing request, click on the “Pairing“(Pair)
The mouse is now connected to your iPad. You will see a cursor in the form of a circle on the screen.
How to disable a mouse or trackpad on iOS 13.4?
If you want to disable the mouse temporarily or completely, you can do this by going to the Bluetooth section in the settings, and then clicking on the “i” button next to the device name.
To temporarily disable the mouse or trackpad, select the “Disable“. To remove the device from the iPad’s Bluetooth connection, click on the “Forget this device“(Forget this device)
You can also do this from Control center. Press and hold the Bluetooth switch to expand the list of devices. From there, click on the device to disconnect it.
After connecting a mouse or trackpad, you can configure its appearance and work in the menu Settings General Trackpad and mouse (Settings General Trackpad Mouse)
From here, you can change the tracking speed, disable natural scrolling, and adjust the right-click.