Apple finally added trackpad and mouse support on the iPad with the iPadOS 13.4 update. It seemed imminent ever since Apple decided to release iPadOS last year, as a derivation of iOS, but with a greater emphasis on multitasking. In this article, we will show you how to use the trackpad or mouse with your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini.
iPad Tips and Tricks
Every couple of years, the iPad gains new software capabilities that inch it ever so closer towards the Mac when it comes to productivity. iPadOS is a big leap in this direction. There’s a lot more you can do when it comes to multitasking, like opening multiple windows of the same app. But what if you’re new to the iPad life? It can seem overwhelming at first. Take it slow and learn all about the joys of multitasking in our guide below.
The new 2019 iPad Air bridges the gap between the standard iPad and the new iPad Pros. It’s a repackaged version of the old 10.5 inch iPad Pro, and that’s not a bad thing. You get access to a laminated 10.5-inch display, A12 Bionic Chip and you get support for Smart Keyboard and first-generation Apple Pencil. The new iPad mini 5 breathes new life into a form factor that’s 4 years old at this point. The iPad mini 5 is easily the best and most powerful small tablet you can buy.
By default, apps on your iPhone or iPad will update automatically overnight when they’re connected to power and a Wi-Fi network. It’s a really useful feature if you’re the kind of person who always wants to use the latest version of the apps. But the way that some app updates move, this can be a double-edged sword.
The 2018 iPad Pro is a big departure from every iPad that came before it. The Home button is gone, and so is Touch ID. You get edge-to-edge screen with Face ID, a new Smart Keyboard Folio and an Apple Pencil that’s not frustrating to charge or store.
iOS 12 brings all new gestures to the iPad. And this is just a year since we saw a big overhaul of iPad features. Basically, Apple has now brought gesture parity between the latest X-style iPhones and the iPad. Presumably, this is a preamble to the Face ID equipped, home button less, edge-to-edge iPads. Right now, we’re caught in the transitionary time. This means, new gestures to go home, use the Dock and of course, the Control Center.
While it’s clearly not for everyone, the iPad is starting to become a great productivity machine for many of us. The simplicity of iOS now meets mac style multitasking. When you bundle in the power of the new iPad Pros and the sheer efficiency of the Smart Keyboard, you end up with a package that’s just right for communication, planning and writing jobs. If you’ve got an iPad, just attach a keyboard (it doesn’t have to be a Smart Keyboard) and use the following keyboard shortcut to fly through iOS.
iOS 11 brings the one thing iPad pro users have been asking for the past two years. A better, faster multitasking system. iOS 11 has an entirely new method for using Split View on the iPad. Here’s how to use the new feature.
iOS 11 brings systemwide drag and drop functionality to the iPad. If you can touch it, you can probably drag it. You can drag any kind of content, text, links and even files between different apps. This works across apps and with multiple files (including multiple file types).
Once you upgrade to iOS 11, your entire iPad life will revolve around the new Dock. And that’s a great thing. iOS 11 gives the iPad a Mac style dock that can be summoned from anywhere, with just a swipe. This means switching between apps and adding an app to multitasking just got a whole lot easier.