Alert: iPads Are Getting Mouse Support!

By Tegan Jones on at

During the WWDC 2019 keynote last night, Apple announced a dedicated OS for the iPad.

Aptly named iPadOS, it comes with a bunch of fancy new features including extreme multitasking functionality, desktop browsing and, well, a lot of fingering talk.

One glaringly absent announcement was mouse support - something that iPad users have been frothing over since forever.

As it turns out, it totally will have it.

Rather than regular support, a mouse will be usable with an iPad as an assistive touch feature.

The good word has been spread on Twitter by developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

It will also be available on iPhone, iPod Touch and Magic Trackpad.

Mouse support for the iPad will apparently be located in the Accessibility section of its Settings.

While it's great that mouse support will be available at all, it's a shame that it isn't being treated as a peripheral hardware accessory.

After all, the keynote made it clearer than ever that Apple is pushing for iPad Pros to be potential laptop and PC replacements.

I tell you what's nice to use with those things? Mice.

Considering that Apple made a big deal out of USB sticks being usable now, surely this can't be that much of a stretch.

Regardless, at least mouse support will finally be landing on iPad. We're extremely here for it.