The Input-Mix Edition Thursday, March 19, 2020

Here’s How The iPad’s New Trackpad Actually Works, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

So the mouse support is there, but how will it work? The iPad and iPadOS are touch-based operating systems meant to be used with your big fat fingers, not tiny little pointers. Even when the Apple Pencil was introduced, they have stayed that way. Plus, more recently, iPadOS has increased the level of complexity for multitasking to 11 with support for multiple windows, split screens, slide-over windows, custom gestures for text editing, and more. Adding another input method to that mix could result in chaos.

We can answer some of your questions about how trackpad support will work today and we’ll get a chance to actually use it ourselves in the public beta. In the meantime, here’s what we definitely know about how it will work based on videos Apple has released publicly and on a video presentation given to reporters this morning.

Apple Will Update iWork Suite With Trackpad Support And iCloud Folder Sharing, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will all get full trackpad support on the platform, but they'll also gain iCloud Folder Sharing. "Collaboration will also become easier than ever with support for iCloud folder sharing and the ability to edit shared documents while offline," Apple wrote in its newsroom article.

Logitech Introduces Combo Touch Keyboard Case, Bringing A Trackpad To The iPad, iPad Air, And 10.5-inch iPad Pro, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Today following Apple’s debut of the new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard, and cursor support coming to all iPad models that can run iPadOS 13.4, Logitech has announced a brand new accessory coming in May: the Combo Touch, which brings a keyboard case with trackpad to the iPad (7th generation), iPad Air, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Apple Releases iOS And iPadOS 13.4 Golden Master With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, Trackpad Support For iPad And More, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released the golden master version of iOS and iPadOS 13.4, the latest major updates to the iOS 13 operating system that was released in September. The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 GMs come after a little over a month of beta testing.


Apple Doubles The Storage In The Standard Mac Mini, by Jon Porter, The Verge

Apple has announced that the standard configurations of its Mac mini will now come with double the amount of storage. The computer’s $799 base configuration now comes with 256GB of storage, while the $1,099 configuration has 512GB. Apple announced the change alongside its new MacBook Air and iPad Pro.

Apple Debuts Colorful Spring Lineup Of iPhone Cases And Apple Watch Bands, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

As part of its spring product releases today, Apple has debuted a new color palette for its accessories like Apple Watch bands, silicone and leather iPhone cases, and iPad cases.

Apple Shares Two Ads Showcasing New iPad Pro Capabilities, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple has shared two ads on its YouTube channel highlighting the power of its just-updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, including a new Magic Keyboard.

Apple Makes Mac Pro Afterburner Card Available As Standalone Purchase, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

When the Mac Pro first launched, the Afterburner Card was only an option to purchase when configuring the machine as a $2,000 upgrade. Today, Apple has launched the accelerator at the same price but with the flexibility for customers to add it at any time to their Mac Pro if they didn’t buy it up front.

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I use my one pair of AirPods across all my Apple devices. Switching between devices is extremely easy. This is one major advantage of AirPods over the competitors -- at least, on Apple's ecosystem.

Now, I want the same ease to use my keyboard and mouse across all my Apple devices too. Please, Apple?


Thanks for reading.