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kiminfl Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

Hello all ---

 

I searched the forums for the answer - and the answer I found was from 2010 -- so figured I would check to see if anything had changed with the newer iPads.

 

Can I pair a wireless mouse (or trackpad for that matter) with my iPad 2 and/or iPad 3?  The bluetooth keyboard is fantastic --- but of course having a mouse would probably make it too convenient for a lot of people to use their iPad as a laptop; thus losing sales for MacBook Pro?  Just thinking out loud about why my wireless mouse won't get recognized by my iPad...

 

Any help/information is greatly appreciated!

 

KiminFL


iPad, iOS 4.3.3
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (103,985 points)

    No, mice are not supported on the iPad - there is no pointer for a mouse to control, there is only an insertion point when entering/editing text.

  • kiminfl Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Thanks so much for the quick response... I figured as such -- but also figured I'd ask the experts to be sure!

     

    Thanks again,

    KiminFL

  • mcashatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand that mice are not supported, but this should probably be addressed if iPad hopes to stay ahead of the pack.

     

    I just came across this thread after searching for the same answer (on the same morning as the OP!).  On other Apple and non-Apple threads, it seems that plenty of Mac fans get disgusted by this simple question and act as if the OP is attempting to use the iPad as a toaster.

     

    It's very simple: in some instances, the user needs to be able to type a lengthy document (or whatever else) so they start by pairing a BT keyboard.  I use the Magic Keyboard and it works great for that.  So now you are typing happily (and quickly) with your iPad propped up in front of you but guess what? You need to insert a new sentence in the middle of the paragraph.  Now you take both hands off of the keyboard so that you can tap the screen with one hand while bracing it with the other so the bloody thing doesn't fall backwards.

     

    Want to zoom in?  Now you need to lay the iPad flat, PTZ, and then set it up again in place before resuming your original task.

     

    Do these things several times when attempting to compose a document and suddenly you can see why the ability to connect something like the Magic Trackpad would be nice.

     

    Now, before I get slammed with, "Well the iPad is not a business machine. . .blah blah blah", please let me point out that last week I had the good fortune of going on vacation to Hawaii and, not wanting to haul around my 17" laptop, I brought the iPad for entertainment and for answering the occaisional work e-mail.  I brought my Magic Keyboard which really helped in quickly replying to e-mails, but I kept knocking over the iPad any time I needed to move the insertion point.

     

    Very frustrating. . .

  • mcashatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Post Script--

     

    The reason I am searching about mice capabilities is because I am one click away from buying an iPad (the third in our home) for my wife for her birthday. 

     

    This would replace an old PC laptop and would be great for her, I think.  However, my wife is very slow with change and will be wanting that keyboard and mouse feel sometimes as she transits out of 15 years of that HCI paradigm.

     

    So--a purchase decision is literally coming down to iPad support for mice right now. 

     

    HELP US OUT APPLE!!

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (103,985 points)

    These are user-to-user forums, they are not monitored by Apple (there are too many forums/threads/messages for that to happen). If you want to leave feedback for Apple then you can do so here : http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html - but as mouse support hasn't happened yet, it's probably doubtful that it will do so

  • mcashatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks King_Penguin.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,090 points)

    So--a purchase decision is literally coming down to iPad support for mice right now. 

     

    HELP US OUT APPLE!!

    IMO, not gonna happen anytime soon, i.e. in the next 2-3 years.  If ever.

     

    There are many BT keyboards that work but no mice.

     

    Has your wife not used any of the other iPads in your home?  Are you sure she thinks she needs a mouse?  The vast majority of users just pick it up and intuitively know how to use it... very short/shallow learning curve, as you probably already know.

  • mcashatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks paulcb and GIG 'EM (I'm class of 2001)!!

     

    I think that for most of the time, no peripherals (mouse and keyboard) is fine with her, but she does so much e-mailing that I think she may get frustrated since this will probably replace her laptop alltogether. 

     

    Aside from text editing, she does a good bit of (novice-level) photo editing using free web apps by Kodak, Shutterfly, etc.  Mostly just cropping, resizing, red-eye removal, etc.  This can be done by tap gestures, but would be nice if she could prop up the iPad on the kitchen table and use the Magic Trackpad so that she has one hand free for coffee or whatever.  Just one of many simple examples.

     

    So, in summary, yes the iPad will be used sans periphals 90% of the time, but that other 10% could really be made perfect if she could use a trackpad or mouse.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Matt

  • r00lfool Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Fine answer, King Penguin. However, I use the VMWare View client on my iPad to run my Win7 virtual machine in my enterprise data center. In this case I need a mouse to work with the iPad so I can control my Windows machine. (ironic, isn't it?) I don't carry a laptop anymore and have no need to store my work documents locally as I have ubiquitous connectivity via wifi or 3G/4G. works great! the only drawback is the lack of that darned mouse ... it's a real trick to do precision Visios or Powerpoints using my fat fingertips!

  • pablo m Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi mcashatt,

     

    i too wish that i could use a mouse on the ipad.  i would make composing documents on the ipad so much easier.  i prefer working on the ipad for many tasks, mainly becasue the screen res is so nice... if i was made of money, i would immedialy pluck down the dough for the new 15" retina display macbook pro.

     

    regarding your frustration with using the ipad with a keyboard - a nice stand goes a long way to making it more managable.  i use the logitech keyboard/stand combo (not the ones where the ipad docks, but a separate keyboard very similar to the apple aluminium wireless keyboard)... and honestly, the apple keyboard is a bit nicer, has a nicer typing feel to it.  but, the big plus to the logitech keyboard is that it comes with a really nice case for the keyboard that keeps the ipad from toppeling over when you are typing on it.  the logitech keyboard itself is fine, and it does have one very handy feature that the apple keyboard does not have -- a physicl on/off switch.  i'm typing on it right now, using the case that doubles as a stand.  overall, i'd recommend it.  the link is below; the item is called the "Logitech Tablet Keyboard For iPad"

     

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054L8MR8/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539 851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00512W4Y2&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DE R&pf_rd_r=01YNTZW32VY98SFFMWGN

     

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/tablet-accessories/keyboards/tablet-keyboard-ipad

  • tobysmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Or try the Origami case for the Apple wireless keyboard made by INCASE. very simple, but holds the iPad very steady and protects the keyboard while travelling.

     

    https://goincase.com/m/#product/cl57934

     

    Toby

  • BasketCaase Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand that mice are not supported, but this should probably be addressed if iPad hopes to stay ahead of the pack.

     

    I just came across this thread after searching for the same answer (on the same morning as the OP!).  On other Apple and non-Apple threads, it seems that plenty of Mac fans get disgusted by this simple question and act as if the OP is attempting to use the iPad as a toaster.

     

    It's very simple: in some instances, the user needs to be able to type a lengthy document (or whatever else) so they start by pairing a BT keyboard.  I use the Magic Keyboard and it works great for that.  So now you are typing happily (and quickly) with your iPad propped up in front of you but guess what? You need to insert a new sentence in the middle of the paragraph.  Now you take both hands off of the keyboard so that you can tap the screen with one hand while bracing it with the other so the bloody thing doesn't fall backwards.

     

    Want to zoom in?  Now you need to lay the iPad flat, PTZ, and then set it up again in place before resuming your original task.

     

    Do these things several times when attempting to compose a document and suddenly you can see why the ability to connect something like the Magic Trackpad would be nice.

     

    Now, before I get slammed with, "Well the iPad is not a business machine. . .blah blah blah", please let me point out that last week I had the good fortune of going on vacation to Hawaii and, not wanting to haul around my 17" laptop, I brought the iPad for entertainment and for answering the occaisional work e-mail.  I brought my Magic Keyboard which really helped in quickly replying to e-mails, but I kept knocking over the iPad any time I needed to move the insertion point.

     

    Very frustrating. . .

     

    Very well said!  It seems like one is treated like a heretic for mentioning any feature you'd like to have included if Apple has purposely chosen to not inlude them.  I own just about one of every Apple product made, but it doesn't mean I think they are all perfect.  For apple to have longterm success, we can't build them up as some infalible entity that doesn't need any feedback.  I think this post makes the case strongly for why Apple should take a mouse serious in this instance.  Though mouse is inot ncluded, I have been very happy with the keyboard case combo that I have used.  I don't think I'm typing as much as you are, but getting the keyboard right is important to me.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PRHNHO

  • vipinb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is by far the most stupid decision of Apple among others...it is unbelievable my collegues take out their android tablets and do all the work so quickly using a mouse and then laugh at me for being a moron to have bought a ipad

  • BasketCaase Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Vipinb,

     

    Just ask them if your legal department has contacted them yet about leaking company documents b/c their android devices are infected with malware.

     

    I actually totally agree with you.  I'm still waiting on common sense to kick in on this one!

    BasketCaase wrote:

     

    I understand that mice are not supported, but this should probably be addressed if iPad hopes to stay ahead of the pack.

     

    I just came across this thread after searching for the same answer (on the same morning as the OP!).  On other Apple and non-Apple threads, it seems that plenty of Mac fans get disgusted by this simple question and act as if the OP is attempting to use the iPad as a toaster.

     

    It's very simple: in some instances, the user needs to be able to type a lengthy document (or whatever else) so they start by pairing a BT keyboard.  I use the Magic Keyboard and it works great for that.  So now you are typing happily (and quickly) with your iPad propped up in front of you but guess what? You need to insert a new sentence in the middle of the paragraph.  Now you take both hands off of the keyboard so that you can tap the screen with one hand while bracing it with the other so the bloody thing doesn't fall backwards.

     

    Want to zoom in?  Now you need to lay the iPad flat, PTZ, and then set it up again in place before resuming your original task.

     

    Do these things several times when attempting to compose a document and suddenly you can see why the ability to connect something like the Magic Trackpad would be nice.

     

    Now, before I get slammed with, "Well the iPad is not a business machine. . .blah blah blah", please let me point out that last week I had the good fortune of going on vacation to Hawaii and, not wanting to haul around my 17" laptop, I brought the iPad for entertainment and for answering the occaisional work e-mail.  I brought my Magic Keyboard which really helped in quickly replying to e-mails, but I kept knocking over the iPad any time I needed to move the insertion point.

     

    Very frustrating. . .

     

    Very well said!  It seems like one is treated like a heretic for mentioning any feature you'd like to have included if Apple has purposely chosen to not inlude them.  I own just about one of every Apple product made, but it doesn't mean I think they are all perfect.  For apple to have longterm success, we can't build them up as some infalible entity that doesn't need any feedback.  I think this post makes the case strongly for why Apple should take a mouse serious in this instance.  Though mouse is inot ncluded, I have been very happy with the keyboard case combo that I have used.  I don't think I'm typing as much as you are, but getting the keyboard right is important to me.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PRHNHO

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