- Apple will release support for trackpad and mice for older iPads.
- The iPadOS 13.4 update will bring the trackpad support to older iPads.
- Apple will also release iOS 13.4 update for the iPhones.
Last evening, Apple announced a brand new iPad Pro and while the new cameras, as well as the updated chipset, promise a lot, the feature that's got most iPad users excited is the support for trackpads and mice. Whether or not you buy the expensive Magic Keyboard with a trackpad built-in, you will be able to use third-party accessories that do the same function. Moreover, if you already have an Apple Magic Mouse, you can simply pair to your iPad and use it like a computer.
While the feature debuted with the 2020 iPad Pro, Apple is extending this feature to all iPads that are currently running on iPadOS 13. Hence, with the next iPadOS 13.4 update, Apple is going to release the support for trackpad devices and mice to all iPads. This update will be also replicated to the iPhones with iOS 13.4, although there's no mention of whether iPhones will get support for mice or trackpad (that would be weird, right?)
The new iPadOS 13.4 update will hit online servers on March 24 along with the iOS 13.4 update. iPad users who are already on the latest version of iPadOS 13 will have to head over to software update section in settings and download the update.
The new trackpad feature has been requested on the iPad since a long time. Apple had been reluctant to release iPad specific features on the iPad over the last few years but since iOS 11, the iPad has been getting some exclusive features that make better use of the bigger display. Last year, Apple renamed iOS for iPads as iPadOS and it introduced a couple of multitasking features so to let users make more out of their iPads.
iPad users had so far the ability to use a mice through the Accessibility feature in the Settings. With iPadOS 13.4, users can now officially have a cursor similar to a PC with the help of Apple-certified accessories. The cursor won't function in the same way as it does on a MacBook but Apple says it will make the user experience better for those who are looking for more productivity out of their iPad
Apple launched a new iPad Pro with updated firepower, better cameras now equipped with a LiDAR sensor and new accessories. There's also a new MacBook Air which now sees the return of the scissor style keyboards.