What do you mean – you want to use an iPad Mouse?

30/10/2011 Off By DavidAllenWizardgold

An iPad and an iPad Mouse – What sort of insanity is this?

There are one or two people that get themselves an iPad, perhaps not so much those people that get an iPhone or iPod Touch, that can’t get away from the traditional ways of using a computer. And that is quite strange, when you think about it, using the word traditional, in a computer orientated sentence. Ever since personal computing got the mouse, and everybody got completely used to using a computer in that way, it has become Traditional – despite the relatively small number of years. But then computer users that are coming to the iPad from using a PC, also get stuck into the notion that they should also be using Microsoft office. New iPad users do have to get used to the idea that the iPad is a new way of doing things. So when using one of these newfangled touchscreen devices, not only do you not need a stylus, you also do not need an iPad mouse.

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Do I have to Jailbreak to use an iPad Mouse

There may be ways that you can do a jailbreak of your iPad and have the cursor pointer travelling across your screen, guided by an iPad mouse. Perhaps you can even get the Apple Magic Mouse working with the iPad. Seems a bit silly to me, when we have the joy and usefulness of being able to touch the screen and select what we have underneath our fingers, to think that a mouse is going to be really useful or necessary with a touch screen device.

If you are thinking that you need an iPad mouse then probably you would have been better to buy yourself the MacBook Air. You would lose all of the touchscreen features, but you would have a trackpad that you could touch and you would also have the use of Bluetooth to connect the Apple Magic Mouse.

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Connecting a keyboard to your iPad

The Apple Bluetooth keyboard is a lovely keyboard to type on, if I have a lots of words to type, as I might do, if I am taking part in NaNoWriMo, then it will be a better option than using the on-screen keyboard of the iPad. In fact it is also possible to use the Apple Bluetooth keyboard to connect to an iPhone. Now that would be really good in terms of not having many devices to carry around when travelling and computing. I have heard that using a Bluetooth keyboard in combination with the iPhone, actually works very well when travelling by aeroplane. Personally I would still prefer to use the iPad for that though, it is just a question of eyesight and my need for spectacles.

iPad mouse – Like Steering without wheels on a car

In one of these complaints that I read in the Apple support forums about the non-implementation of an iPad mouse a user said – that an iPad connecting to a keyboard but not to a mouse or a trackpad, is like a car with a steering but no wheels. I would say that this iPad user just does not get it. Why have an iPad and not want to touch the interface device which is the touchscreen?

What do you think?

Can you imagine a situation where you would like to have an iPad mouse? Do you get these irrational urges to connect a mouse to your iPad? As I have already stated on this website I do believe that there are occasions when a stylus would be very useful. Such as drawing or handwriting applications in particular. Please leave your comments below to let us know what you have to say about this rodent-based iPad issue.