Whatever their small imperfections (Lightning charging on the mouse and no backlight on the keyboard), the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse are solid performers. Both are light weight, very portable and have solid battery life. If you are looking for a keyboard and mouse for your Mac (or even your iPad now that we have iOS 13 in beta), you can’t go wrong here. especially at this price.
This question is based more on conjecture about how the coming iPad Pro may work than any hard evidence or major confirmed rumors. Despite that, I think a discussion of mouse support on the iPad Pro is a good thought exercise about how we want to use the device, and where we want Apple to take the platform in the future.
Last week’s post about the 12.9-inch vs. 9.7-inch form factor got me thinking about the what would make the iPad more comfortable for long term work. I came back to the idea of a mouse and how it enables me to use more complex sets of on-screen controls, without all the overhead of remembering a ton of keyboard shortcuts. I do love my keyboard shortcuts, but they’re not a do-all replacement for controlling apps.
It struck me the other day that one (seemingly) simple change to the iPad, especially the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, could be the addition of a pointer. Mouse or trackpad support would be fine.