Apple yesterday announced the 2020 iPad Pro lineup along with a Magic Keyboard that shipped with a built-in trackpad. It will also native mouse and trackpad support to all iPads with the upcoming iPadOS 13.4 update. In a video shared with The Verge, Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, demonstrates how trackpad support on the iPad will work.
The SVP also does a good job of clearing all the doubts regarding trackpad support in iPadOS. In its press release, Apple had mentioned that it had completely reimagined how a mouse will work in iPadOS which you will realize is true if you go through Craig’s video. In iPadOS, you don’t get a typical arrow as a cursor. Instead, the cursor is circular just “like your fingertips” and it automatically transforms depending on the content you hover it over.
There are plenty of gestures as well so you can bring up Slide Over apps, switch between open apps, pinch-to-zoom, and more. Most of the gestures are similar to what you get on a Mac, though first-time users are going to take some time to get used to it.
Below is a GIF from The Verge showing how the cursor adapts to the content on the screen:
What’s clear from the video is that trackpad support in iPadOS 13.4 will make text selection and formatting easier. The cursor will also only show up on the screen when you touch the trackpad. With these changes, Apple is hoping to ensure that the touch-first nature of iPadOS is not hampered in any way. Apple is still not allowing users to run apps in windowed mode on the iPad Pro which could turn it into a true multi-tasking beast. However, it is possible that we could see the company announce this as a part of iPadOS 14 at WWDC 2020.
Remember that iPadOS 13.4 will add trackpad support to all iPad models so the cursor support and gestures will not be limited just to the 2020 iPad Pro lineup.[Via The Verge]