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Asmlam Level 1 (0 points)

I just got the iPad 3 and is there any way that the magic mouse can work alone or with the keyboard on it? If not, can the mouse work with a PC?


iPad, iOS 5.1.1
  • raymiemusser Level 1 (100 points)

    the magic mouse is only for mac computers

  • HereIsTom Level 4 (1,475 points)

    No Magic Mouse can't be used with an iPad, because the iPad don't use a cursor.

     

    For use with Windows you can look here; http://www.redmondpie.com/apple-magic-mouse-works-on-windows-7-914013/

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    This is the only mouse/cursor that will work with the iPad.

     

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     Cheers, Tom

  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    HereIsTom wrote:

     

    No Magic Mouse can't be used with an iPad, because the iPad don't use a cursor.

    It would not be difficult to add a pointer. Especially since iOS already supports floating cursors for accessibility purposes. The magic mouse can't be used with an iPad simply because Apple has chosen not to include support for it.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,155 points)

    The magic mouse can't be used with an iPad simply because Apple has chosen not to include support for it.

    Which is fair enough. Where are you going to put this mouse in order to use it with an iPad... you need a handy flat surface... oh, I know - the iPad screen. Much easier than moving your fingertip around it.

  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    tonefox wrote:

     

    The magic mouse can't be used with an iPad simply because Apple has chosen not to include support for it.

    Which is fair enough. Where are you going to put this mouse in order to use it with an iPad... you need a handy flat surface... oh, I know - the iPad screen. Much easier than moving your fingertip around it.

    You would put it the same place you put the wireless keyboard.

     

    In fact the existing keyboard support is one of the big reasons many of us would like to see mouse support added. You see the problem is that when you use a keyboard you have to reach up and over to tap the iPad screen. By Steve Jobs own admission* the arm tires quickly when you have to do this repeatedly. In this particular situation a mouse would be more ergonomically sound.

     

    There is also the issue of access for the disabled. Although iOS does have many accessibility option, at present none of them help those with severe spinal damage or certain amputees. Including mouse support means you could also use devices like the "suck and puff"... A mouth controlled joystick designed for people with these disabilities.

     

    * He was talking about touchscreens on notebook computers, but it's the same concept.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,155 points)

    The wireless keyboard includes arrow keys which used by themselves or with function keys DO work on the iPad, and are also favoured over the mouse by devout keyboard users.

  • HereIsTom Level 4 (1,475 points)
    I don't get all those people, they buy an iPad, which is precisely mean for easy use on lap or to take it with you and then they go whining for a mouse! 

  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    tonefox wrote:

     

    The wireless keyboard includes arrow keys which used by themselves or with function keys DO work on the iPad, and are also favoured over the mouse by devout keyboard users.

    The arrow keys only move the insertion point. You cannot scroll the page or perform any other interaction with them in iOS. The number of keyboard shortcuts supported by iOS in general is also quite small.

     

     

    @HereisTom: Clearly you did not read my last post.

  • JoeyDrummer17 Level 1 (15 points)

    Surely by the time you've gotten a keyboard and a mouse you'd realise you'd have been better off with a MB Air?

  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    HereIsTom wrote:

     

    I don't get all those people, they buy an iPad, which is precisely mean for easy use on lap or to take it with you and then they go whining for a mouse! 

    SInce I have a little more time to write now, let me clarify: No one is asking to completely replace the touchscreen with a mouse. It would be an supplementary option, just as a wireless keyboard is already. One could use the touchscreen exclusively while out and about,  then come hand, sit the iPad on a stand, and use it like a pseudo-desktop.

  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    JoeyDrummer17 wrote:

     

    Surely by the time you've gotten a keyboard and a mouse you'd realise you'd have been better off with a MB Air?

    I frequently hear this argument even with just the existing keyboard support alone. However it only makes sense if you want and/or need a mouse and keyboard 100% of the time. Generally the kind of people who want these features for their iPad only intend to use them occasionally. Most of the time they would be left at home or in a bag.

  • HereIsTom Level 4 (1,475 points)

    I Still don't get it, as JoeyDrummer17 said, buy a nice MacBook Air

     

     

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  • Dylrob Level 2 (280 points)

    Try ripping the screen off of that MacBook Air during the times you have no use for the keyboard. Then you might understand.

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