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Can an iPad Air Be Connected To a Magic Mouse?

I need to input data into a local intranet some distance from my home and an iPad would be very convenient for the task.
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Terry Lilley

Comments: 3 Responses to “Can an iPad Air Be Connected To a Magic Mouse?”

    2 years ago

    No, iPads and iPhones don’t use mice or trackpads. A fundamental difference between iOS and macOS is that macOS has a “cursor” — a pointer that is always present, always pointing at where the “click” should be focused. With iOS, there is no cursor. You simply touch the point you wish to use in an action. Furthermore, you can touch more that one point (multitouch), a concept not present in macOS or Windows.

    So for those reasons, the idea of a mouse or trackpad with a touch-based operating system like the iPad doesn’t make sense. The one exception is when you are fully immersed in a word processor and you are using a text cursor (flashing line) at the insertion point in the document. And for that, you have the greta trackpad-like function of the virtual keyboard. See https://macmost.com/use-your-ios-virtual-keyboard-as-a-trackpad.html.

    Would that help? If not, what were you planning to do with the mouse? Perhaps I could suggest something to help in another way?

    Terry Lilley
    2 years ago

    I need to enter text and images into a system called info-point.eu. if you connect and go to the Instructional video. ‘Getting Started’ you’ll see what I mean. I was hoping there might be an accessory to connect to a mouse, any sort of mouse to work with iPad. Thank you for your always helpful advice. Terry

    2 years ago

    Terry: I don’t understand. That looks like it is just a way to connect to the Internet. I don’t see how using a mouse would help anything here.

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