Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers, and some new features for mobile and tablet are coming to the fore: iPad and iPhone support Bluetooth controls for Xbox One and PlayStation 4; in addition, the iPad finally allows you to use a mouse or trackpad, even if only as an accessibility function.
iPad supports mouse and trackpad with new iPadOS
Confirming rumors, iPadOS really does support mouse. Apple did not mention this during WWDC because it is an accessibility feature for now, but it already works with USB and Bluetooth devices, in addition to the Magic Trackpad.
To activate this, it is necessary to follow the path Settings> General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch inside iPadOS. As developer Steve Troughton-Smith shows in the video below, the cursor looks like a touch target that you would find on iOS, as it simulates the touch of your finger. You can use two fingers to scroll the page.
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 3, 2019
Since this is not a feature intended for general use, there are still some limitations. Right-clicking does not open context menus, and the cursor cannot be used on external displays, only on the iPad screen. However, this indicates that Apple is considering bringing mouse support to its tablets, bringing them closer to the experience of a computer.
iOS 13 and iPadOS allow you to use Bluetooth controls
You have a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One with Bluetooth? Then you can use it with iPhones and iPads natively. IOS 13 and iPadOS support these accessories, as does tvOS 13 for Apple TV.
This could be useful for the future Apple Arcade subscription service, which will offer more than 100 games for iPhone and iPad later this year. Will this also help game streaming services like Project xCloud and Google Stadia?
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 4, 2019