Next iOS Update Could Make The iPad A Laptop With Mouse Support

It’s a much needed update for sure

There's been a lot of discussion (or better yet, arguments) on whether or not Apple's iPads can somehow be turned into a laptop. After all, it's possible with other tablets once added with an attachable keyboard and mouse. But while the iPad does come with an attachable keyboard, it doesn't have a mouse option. 

Well that's about to change based on what MacStories Federico Viticci revealed in a "Connected" podcast (as spotted by CNET). Based on the podcast, Apple is working on a mouse and trackpad support for the iPad that will come with the iOS 13. This has also been confirmed by Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith. 

The compatibility is rumored to come as an accessibility feature. More specifically, Viticci was noted as saying, "What I heard is that, without adapters, you will be able to use any USB mouse on your iPad, but as an accessibility device ... Apple doesn't want to say that the only way to use the iPad as a PC replacement is to actually plug in a mouse." 

If iOS 13 does launch with mouse support, it's likely that in addition to connecting a mouse via USB, users will also be able to connect Apple's Magic Mouse and Trackpad via Bluetooth. 

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 is set to take place June 3-7, in San Jose, California where more shall be revealed.