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Edoru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 3, 2011 11:56 AM
Can I use Apple's wireless mouse on the Ipad 2? I have connected my wireless bluetooth keyboard to my Ipad. I am not too sure whether Apple's wireless mouse can also be connected to the Ipad 2 as this will empower me to use the Ipad as a mini laptop.
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  • Ron Warrick Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 12:01 PM (in response to Edoru)
    And you would use the mouse to move what cursor?
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 12:07 PM (in response to Edoru)
    Edoru wrote:
    Can I use Apple's wireless mouse on the Ipad 2? I have connected my wireless bluetooth keyboard to my Ipad. I am not too sure whether Apple's wireless mouse can also be connected to the Ipad 2 as this will empower me to use the Ipad as a mini laptop.


    No, the iPad does not support mice.
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  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:02 PM (in response to Ron Warrick)
    There is a cursor when typing in emails, notes, documents, search bars, address bars, replies to this forum, etc.
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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:11 PM (in response to igmackenzie)
    igmackenzie wrote:
    There is a cursor when typing in emails, notes, documents, search bars, address bars, replies to this forum, etc.


    If you want to get technical, I believe that's an insertion point not a cursor. You can use the mouse to move the cursor to set the insertion point on a computer. On the iPad, you use your finger. To see the difference, if you're typing a reply to this forum on a computer, there is the insertion point just to the right of where your're typing which is the same as on the iPad, however, there is also a cursor which could be anywhere on the screen.
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  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:26 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    Meg, I think we're arguing over semantics here! Cursor/insertion point - call it what you want. It's still the same thing in documents, etc.
    I wasn't trying to say that mouse control would be a good thing. Why anyone would want to use a mouse on the iPad is beyond me, but each to his own, I guess.
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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:29 PM (in response to igmackenzie)
    igmackenzie wrote:
    Meg, I think we're arguing over semantics here! Cursor/insertion point - call it what you want. It's still the same thing in documents, etc.
    I wasn't trying to say that mouse control would be a good thing. Why anyone would want to use a mouse on the iPad is beyond me, but each to his own, I guess.


    It's not entirely semantics. The point is +there is no cursor+ for the mouse to control, even in text entry. There is an insertion point but, it's not the same thing. Most folks probably aren't going to see why the difference matters. What they want is to be able to control the insertion point with a mouse. Which is beyond me as well.
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  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:42 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    I think we are agreeing Meg, but nevertheless, most people refer to there being a 'cursor' in docs, etc., not an insertion point. Direction keys on keyboards are called 'cursor keys'.

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:46 PM (in response to igmackenzie)
    And, on keyboards such as the Zaggmate, the insertion point can be moved by the arrow keys, something I always forget when I use it.
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  • kief123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 6, 2011 8:53 AM (in response to Ron Warrick)

    i have Jump Desktop remote installed on my ipad that lets me connect to my PC remotely. i can work on Powerpoint presentations using my ipad. Jump presents a cursor on the ipad that can be moved around by normal touch o the ipad and the corsponding cursor on the PC moves. i think it makes a lot of sense to have (wireless) mouse support for the ipad. i can leave my PC at home and carry my ipad to work.

  • MyMac8MyPC Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)
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    May 6, 2011 9:50 AM (in response to Ron Warrick)

    Ron Warrick wrote:

     

    And you would use the mouse to move what cursor?

    LOL.... as soon as I read the title of this thread that's exactly what I was thinking.

     

    Don't worry Edoru, I'm sure someone will come out with an app that adds a cursor, even if it's not needed

  • RCfromOG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 22, 2011 1:21 AM (in response to MyMac8MyPC)

    It's not really about a cursor for me. But we recently added citrix mirroring of our hospital electronic record on the iPad. It's nearly impossible to select what you want to just using your finger. You can by zooming, but then you are constantly zooming in and out. Battery life on a laptop is insufficient for all day. I'd like a mouse.

  • mentat_70 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 15, 2011 1:59 PM (in response to Edoru)

    I have been looking for a mouse for the iPad, too.  We use an EMR software at work that is Windows based and it would be nice to use the mouse to do some functions- like open a panel inside of a person's chart so you could read all of the contents.  Some of the arrows are so small that the touch screen doesn't register when I try to press a directional arrow (when trying to scroll down or up).

  • tedfromtaylorville Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 9, 2011 8:06 AM (in response to igmackenzie)

    mentat_70

    There are activities that require a mouse to function properly... some games, some photo editing apps, some other processing types of things... a mouse (or an equivilent function) is absolutely required... so the ipad is useless in these environments.

  • cam.smith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2011 10:23 PM (in response to tedfromtaylorville)

    Been looking too, only thing I can find is BT Stack Mouse, which requires JBreak.  Not interested in that personally, hope Apple will eventually allow an app to deliver that functionality.  Don't understand why they would want restrict any useful productive application.

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