According to new information, the next iPad Pro would finally be equipped with a keyboard and a touchpad to transform into a real PC, taking up the original idea of Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
Since the launch of the iPad Pro in 2017, Apple has been offering adjustable keyboards hiding in a protective cover with its tablets. This idea is reminiscent of the Microsoft type covers that come with the Surface Pro. It’s one of the best ways to turn a tablet into a computer.
However, until now, the keyboard proposed by Apple did not integrate a touch zone for the mouse. We find only the QWERTY keyboard, which greatly limited the usefulness of the accessory, because it means raising the arm with each interaction with the system to touch the touch screen. A shame for the brand when you know that this action of raising the arm is the reason why Apple did not integrate a touch screen on its Macs.
A new keyboard for the iPad with a built-in touchpad
According to TheInformation, Apple is working on a new keyboard for the iPad Pro, this time equipped with a touchpad.
To offer this keyboard, Apple should first add more cursor management in iPadOS. Today, you have to go through accessibility options to add this support, and it is not yet ideal. If the iPad Pro did not arrive before, it will therefore be necessary to see the innovations of the next version of iPadOS to know if Apple plans to add support for the mouse.
A NEW STEP TOWARDS THE MACBOOK ARM
Of course, adding a mouse may seem like a perfectly minor thing today, but it is the element that most distinguishes the interface of the iPad and its use from a conventional computer.
With a keyboard and a mouse, the iPad Pro would be very close to a computer and therefore to a Mac. That’s good, Apple would like to develop its first Mac with an ARM processor in the next 18 months . This new version of the iPad Pro would be the ideal first step.