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beef7776 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

i would like to use a bluetooth mouse, ipad cant pair up.  what is the fix?


iPad 2, iOS 4.3.2
  • kbo1087 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No bluetooth mice or trackpads will not work. The apple bluetooth keyboard will work and stereo bluetooth headphones will work

  • Barry Porter1 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    there are no mouse drivers of any kind for the iPad, the only way to navigate is with your fingers or a capacitive stylus.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (114,125 points)

    No, you can't - there is no cursor (just an insertion point when typing/editting text) on the iPad, so there is nothing for a mouse to control.

  • skeezerweezer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    They are right, you can't. This cannot be done due to the decsion of the design of the Ipad. But that is not the answer. Can it be done? Yes. It's called "programming".

     

    Despite the biased "AppleHood" of posts like "Why should you?" , It's a touch screen, get with it" attitude, the real world has to work, play and read boosk, etc.,later. The Ipad is awesome but it's singular flaw in getting in the enterprise is the ability to get things done. Some the touch screen is a short cut, to others, it's a death grip. Ever need to remote in to a Windows server and get some IT work done? Got FAT fingers? Forget it. In some cases, especially in work environments, the mouse is absolutely neccesary. Don't let these "Applehoods" tell you any different. Look, I love Apple stuff, have an Iphone 4 and a Ipad 2. But mostly they are my play things. not work things. Apple would go a long way to give the Ipad mouse support and would make other laptops "go away". Till then...I have my little trusty 299 netbook to get work done..and oh by the way...it plays Flash. I can actually see my clients websites. My Ipad? It is a fun little toy that I can read, check my email, and read books.

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (51,220 points)

    You are correct, it could be done, but it would not be a mere matter of "programming", it would take a major redesign of iOS and greatly increase the complexity of the OS leading to evermore bugs. The iPad is not a computer nor a netbook and it was never intended to be. Need something to remote in from Apple that you can use a mouse with? They have the MacBook Air.

     

    I know you will find this hard to believe but lots of iPads are being used in enterprise very ably. Just because it doesn't suit your needs doesn't make it wrong for everybody nor give it a fatal flaw.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (11,820 points)

    Wow, that was nice, but in the posts up to the one you provided, show me where anyone put on an AppleHood air and tried to put the question down?

  • ollien Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry to see that people here are so ill informed. You certainly can use a bt mouse on an ipad, and the software needed to do so is already available. It does not require "major redesign" of iOS, nor does it "greatly increase the complexity of the OS.". Thats just silly.

     

    Sadly Apple won't let you do it, so you would have to jailbreak you ipad. I have no idea why.

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (51,220 points)

    Yes, if you jailbreak your iPad, which removes most of the security on the iPad and much of the sandboxing, and use a kludge to add the driver, and combined with Cydia, the layer to use a mouse pointer, then you can use a mouse. But doing so? That's just silly. If you want a mouse and a keyboard get a laptop. Or one of those Motorola Atrix things.

     

    Apple does it that way because they designed a touch screen interface. If you want to use the keyboard and mouse driven interface they designed use OS X.

  • skeezerweezer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Exactly and see the remark below. "Applehoods" don't get it. IT can be done, it has been done, it SHOULD be done, but...oh wait....buy a laptop or buy something else. And furthermore, be happy with the "Applehood" way, the only way. What a joke. Why? Follow the money......

     

    It's all so ********. The "Remote Desktop" apps allow you 2 access a windows interface, and then try to teach you convoluted ways to mimick mouse commands through touchy. Why? ***? OH wait,,, that's right...buy a Laptop. Ipad is just for reading and games......this is one who believes it can be way more than that. Give us mouse support please!

  • ollien Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Adding mouse support to ipad would not remove anything from it's current functionallity. It gives the user an additional option. I have no idea why that would be a bad thing. It's an easy fix for a need many users have identified. I cannot see that it would cause any type of user, software or hardware problem that Apple would have to deal with.

     

    The ipad is nice. It has a lot of potential, but sadly Apple restrict its usablilty in some strange ways. It's very frustrating. The Flash thing I sort of get (flash is terrible and compromises security), but just sort of. The mouse thing I don't get - at all. The Ipad would be even nicer with mouse support, and there is nothing to lose in adding it.

     

    I have no interest in an OS X device, and a laptop would be a completely different animal than ipad+mouse. If Apple continues to make strange decisions like this, I might very well get a strong interest for an Android device though.

     

    And I'm not suggesting that anybody should jailbreak their ipad. If I felt that jailbreaking was an OK way to go, I would probably not be here complaining ;)

  • skeezerweezer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ^Totally agree

  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (19,530 points)

    You guys can debate the issue till the cows come home, but the bottom line is, Apple didn't design the iPad to be compatible with a bluetooth mouse.  That's it.  End of story.  Can't happen.  Debating the pros and cons isn't going to change anything.

     

    You don't like it, then the iPad is not for you.  You should definitely buy a device that fits your needs, and if it's not an iPad, so be it.  It's your money.  Spend it how you choose.

     

    But to debate the issue here on and on is a waste of time.  Give your feedback to apple ( http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html ) if you want.  It's all you can do.

     

    Move on.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    ollien wrote:

     

    The Ipad would be even nicer with mouse support, and there is nothing to lose in adding it.

    You don't know that. Apps are currently not designed with mouse support in mind. Mouse actions you take for granted may not be available in iOS and would have to be added, or the user would not have the expected experience. For instance, a mouse drag works on selected objects, but on an iPad, a finger drag scrolls the screen. You'd have to use a mouse in a way that is not how it's used on Macs and PCs.

     

    Going the other way, one of the reasons Flash doesn't work well is the lack of support for a "cursor hover" mode which you have with a mouse but not on a touchscreen. There are often subtle complications like this that are not obvious to most people.

  • ollien Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Network 23 wrote:

     

    You don't know that. Apps are currently not designed with mouse support in mind. Mouse actions you take for granted may not be available in iOS and would have to be added, or the user would not have the expected experience. For instance, a mouse drag works on selected objects, but on an iPad, a finger drag scrolls the screen. You'd have to use a mouse in a way that is not how it's used on Macs and PCs.

     

    Oh, but I do know that. I've tried it! And it works good.

     

    I don't expect the mouse to behave like it does on a PC or Mac. It's an iPad, and I expect an implementation that suits an iPad. I expect it to do simple things that are awkard to do via the touchscreen, at least once you have set up the iPad with a stand and keyboard (which they do support). And I absoultely don't expect a mouse to be useful for all apps, or that all apps should be designed with a mouse in mind. Some tasks, however, like text editing or operating a remotely connected machine is so much easier with a mouse. And this is for apps that are already available, they don't need to be adapted in any way.

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