Can all of the iOS 11 iPad Pro tweaks replace a mouse?

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Think about it for one moment. Many of us are genuinely exciting by the new iPad Pro and in particular the way iOS 11 attempts to make it more flexible and ultimately more powerful.

This move by Apple makes perfect sense, but then I got to thinking about how I like to work and why I don’t own a MacBook. When I am writing, capturing images, researching etc etc, I am completely embedded in using a mouse.

My iMac gets 90% of my professional use and the more I consider it, the more I realise that an iPad Pro would still be a hindrance to getting things done as I do now.

In fact, I am prepared to say that the iPad Pro will falter the same way the iPads have and that we will continue to use laptops and desktops for some time to come.

A year after the iPad was released, I predicted that it would not grow and become the world beater many expected and I was right. The more I think about it, the more I realise that it is limited right out of the gate because of its design. It will never replace computers for some of us.

4 thoughts on “Can all of the iOS 11 iPad Pro tweaks replace a mouse?

  1. Reminds me of this speculation about the use of a trackpad: https://daringfireball.net/2017/05/ipad_trackpad

    Also mice vs trackpads: 4 or 5 years of only Macbook use has made be completely apathetic about the mouse that sometimes sits on my desk next to my laptop. It feels so much more convenient to reach down from the keyboard with my thumb or finger than to move my hand all the way over to mouse. (And if I’m using a standalone keyboard and a magic trackpad I’ll try to awkwardly recreate the layout of an open laptop)

    Oh, and far and away my preferred layout for an external monitor is having the laptop open in front of me and the second monitor on a stand above it… I just love the consistency from when I don’t have the monitor there.

    I feel there was a time when I mostly used the trackpad but a few interactions felt much better with the mouse, but these days I only get the faintest glimmer of that.

  2. IT obviously depends on your style of work and what you can get used to. Re the latter, some people can adjust to a new way of working very quickly. Some of us have muscle memory so built in that it’s just not worth the effort. I use the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. However, I rarely use it anymore. I’ve tried a Trackpad on my iMac but I don’t like it and it’s very rare that I think that the trackpad will do a better job. Fingers on an iPad are okay for some stuff, but for accuracy, I use a stylus. For example, AstroPad makes your iPad into a graphics tablet. A stylus is perfect because of the accuracy. But for day-to-day use with my iMac, it’s a mouse, although I’ve switched from the Apple Magic Mouse to a Logitech MX Anywhere 2.

  3. I am a bit flustered by the work-arounds that Apple has had to implement to get some mouse functionality on the iPad/iPhone: copy and paste, placing a cursor in a text for editing purposes, etc. They seem like afterthoughts to the OS and really aren’t intuitive or easy (especially with my fat fingers on an iPhone screen).

    I have a stylus, but I don’t use it that often (typically only when I have gloves on those chilly Canadian mornings). I might use one more if there was a place to dock it like on the old Palm/Newton devises.

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