Apple to Release iPadOS 13.4 Next Week With Full Mouse and Trackpad Support

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Mobile, iPadOS with 3 Comments

Apple revealed its upgraded iPad Pro line today, and the big new feature is a new Magic Keyboard with a built-in trackpad. Yes, the iPad Pro is finally getting a trackpad.

And although we expected Apple to add full trackpad support to iOS/iPadOS with iOS 14/iPadOS 14, it turns out Apple was planning an earlier release. The company will ship trackpad support for the iPad with iPadOS 13.4 next week — on March 24, to be exact.

Trackpad support on iPadOS 13.4 is not a regular cursor experience. Instead, it’s something completely different — because of course it is.

“Designed specifically for the touch-first experience on iPad, the cursor appears as a circle that highlights user interface elements, text fields and apps on the Home screen and Dock, giving a clear indication of what users can click on. Fluid gestures on the trackpad make it easy to switch between apps, access the app switcher and activate the Dock, Control Center and apps in Slide Over,” says Apple.

Apple claims trackpad support on iPadOS will work just fine in first-party apps, and “most” third-party apps will work without any changes. There’s apparently new APIs for developers who want to improve the trackpad experience even further.

Apple will also update its iWork suite of apps to take full advantage of the new trackpad support on iPadOS.

Trackpad support on iPadOS 13.4 will not be limited to the new Magic Keyboard, however. Apple is only releasing the Magic Keyboard in May, so iPadOS 13.4 adds trackpad support for other devices. To be exact, Apple says the trackpad support will work with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. It will also apparently work with third-party mice connected over Bluetooth or USB.

The new update will be for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

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3 responses to “Apple to Release iPadOS 13.4 Next Week With Full Mouse and Trackpad Support”

  1. wshwe

    If my understanding is correct mouse support is coming to my 10.5” iPad Pro. That’s great news! If I can use a mouse I don’t need a new keyboard with the trackpad built in. Now I just need mouse support for the Microsoft Office apps.

    • igor engelen

      In reply to wshwe:if the trackpad support works for most 3rd party software, wouldn't that mean the same for mouse support? Or is it a known fact already that it will not work in Office?

      • SvenJ

        In reply to Igor Engelen: When I tried it under accessibility options a while back, it did work in Office. It is however not 'mouse' support as you would expect. As it implies above, it is touch support without touching the screen. It remotely mimics your finger. May be better than that when this shows up, but it doesn't sound like it.

      • Paul Thurrott

        Microsoft Office will absolutely work with this.