iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Introduce Mouse Support on iPads, iPhones

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS, iPadOS with 19 Comments

Apple launched major versions of its operating system last night. Along with splitting up the OS that powers its iPhones and iPads, the company also introduced a number of major new features for both iPhones and iPads.

And one of the new major features is support for mouse. Even though, Apple introduced a bunch of new gestures on the new iPadOS that makes it much easier to work on iPads with touch, support for the mouse has been long awaited and should be a welcome addition for many:

And even though iPadOS is now supposed to be a different OS than iOS, the mouse support still works on iOS 13. As long-time Apple enthusiast Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted, mouse support works on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. The only limitation here is that the mouse support doesn’t work on external displays, and the cursor simply doesn’t show up on external displays when your device is connected to one. It does, however, work with both wired and wireless mouses.

iPads getting mouse support is especially important because so many people use iPads as their main computer. And even though it’s a huge addition to the iPad, Apple didn’t make any mention of the new mouse support at WWDC, which is a little odd. I guess the company really wanted people to focus on the touch features and all the crazy new gestures it’s adding with iPadOS 13.

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