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Apple adds mouse support with iPadOS, reports say

Users report their mice are working on their iPads.


iPads could be getting mouse capabilities.

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Among its many WWDC announcements, Apple is reportedly also adding mouse support to the iPad.

A video appearing to show a mouse working on an iPad was tweeted out by Steve Troughton-Smith, an app developer, on Monday afternoon.

"I am confirming that it works when plugging a Magic Trackpad in over USB," he tweeted, adding: "You can indeed have multiple USB drives plugged into iPad at once."

"Mouse support also works on iPhone and iPod Touch!" he tweeted late Monday.

Another user said the iPad also works with a Bluetooth mouse, and a further tweet said mouse support in iPad is located under Accessibility in Settings, as reported earlier by The Verge.

CNET's Scott Stein later tweeted that iPad mouse support "is intended as accessibility feature" only.

Apple unveiled iPadOS earlier Monday, with the iPad getting its own dedicated operating system rather than using the iOS mobile operating system.

Announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, iPadOS will include a new Home screen design, better multitasking capabilities and new gestures for copying, pasting, cutting and undoing.

It'll also let you plug external drives and SD cards into your iPad the way you already can with your Mac or Windows PC.

iPadOS will be released this fall as a free software update for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini, the 2017 iPad, the 2018 iPad, the iPad Mini 4 and all iPad Pros.

The iPhone is getting iOS 13also announced at WWDC, which will include a systemwide dark mode.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation of mouse support for iPadOS, but back in April, it was also reported that the iPad was on track to get mouse support for the first time.

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First published at 3:47 p.m. PT on June 3.  
Updated at 5:16 p.m. PT: adds update from Scott Stein.