Apple has just released the new iPad Pro. Even though it retains the same form factor, a lot of things have been changed under the hood. The “What’s a computer” ad shows off an iPad Pro with proper track pad features and it has created a lot of buzz. Are you looking to turn your iPad Pro into a MacBook? then this article is for you.
In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the new track pad support, the new Magic Keyboard and the replacements you can use. Let’s jump right into it.
The New iPad Pro Track Pad Support
The iPad Pro didn’t have proper mouse support for a long time and it held back the iPad from being as productive as a laptop. However, Apple has included this feature with the new iPadOS 13.4 and it looks very promising. Note that this feature isn’t only limited to the iPad Pro. Any iPad that supports iPadOS 13.4 will have it. The main mouse features are the new cursor and the gesture support.
A New Cursor
The mouse pointer on the iPad does not look like a traditional cursor. It is grey, semi-transparent, circular and seems a little quirky (since I’ve been using the boring old pointer all my life). But I think most people would get used to it pretty quickly. The cursor also changes shape as it interacts with the UI elements. It’s pretty cool in practice and it feels natural. However, this does not work with a lot of third-party apps but an update should fix that.
If you want to use the iPad Pro with track pad, then you can make use of the multi-touch gesture control. These gestures are easy to use, especially for a Mac user, since they share a lot of the same gestures. Some of the new gestures are:
- Swipe two fingers up or down to scroll.
- Swipe up with 3 fingers to go Home.
- Pinch open or pinch close to zoom in and out respectively.
- Swipe left or right with three fingers to switch between apps.
- Swipe up with 3 fingers and pause to open the app switcher.
- To open Search from Home screen, swipe down with two fingers.
- Click with two fingers to open the action menu.
- Tap on the keypad to wake your iPad.
Apple has a lot more gestures which you can check out on their website. Alternatively, you can just click on this link.
The Magic Keyboard 2 for iPad Pro
Apple has unveiled the Magic keyboard 2 along with the iPad Pro and it looks great. The new iPad gestures will work with the trackpad that comes with this keyboard. Moreover, the Magic Keyboard will protect the iPad and it also has a USB-C port for passthrough charging. The scissor keys are backlit and offer 1mm travel. The keyboard also comes with a floating magnetic stand to adjust the position of the iPad.
Apple claims that the Magic keyboard will only be available by May 2020 and will cost a hefty $299.99. If you are reading this article in May, then you can check out this keyboard here.
Alternative Accessories to Use iPad Pro With Track Pad
If you want gestures without the keyboard, or if you want an option that’s not as heavy on your wallet, then this list should help you out.
Magic Trackpad 2
Magic Trackpad 2 is a wireless trackpad that will work perfectly with an iPad Pro. It will let you take advantage of all the new gesture controls and it will be extremely useful. It’s about 30 percent larger than the previous version and the best part is you can use this trackpad with a cheaper Bluetooth keyboard to save a lot of money instead of buying a Magic Keyboard 2. The surface is made out of glass which will improve its smoothness and durability. It supports multi-touch and force touch too.
Magic Trackpad 2 is available for $129 and you can buy it from the Apple Store. It’s available in two colors: silver and space grey. This link will take you there.
I don’t usually recommend crowdfunded products but Brydge has a nice track record. Their newest keyboard, the Brydge Pro+ looks pretty great and will work well with your iPad Pro. It comes with a backlit keyboard and it also has a trackpad that supports gestures. It will turn your iPad Pro into a MacBook and improve its productivity. Note that the gestures supported by this trackpad are different from the official controls. For example, you can make the dock appear by tapping three fingers on the trackpad. This is not available officially.
Brydge Pro+ is available for pre-order on its website. It costs $229.99 and it will start shipping by mid-April.
That’s all you need to know if you want an iPad Pro with a track pad. I hope that this article has helped you make a decision about which track pad you would want to buy. The new iPad Pro and the Magic Keyboard look amazing and it has put the tablet further ahead of the other tablets on the market. Tell me what you think about these new devices in the comments section down below. As always, if you have any doubts or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section too and I will get back to you as soon as possible.